George Stoney Fellowship
George Stoney (July 1, 1916 - July 12, 2012) was an inspiration to the creation of Working Films and a founding member of our board of directors. Every summer since 2000, we have offered a paid fellowship to a student or activist, named Stoneyships, in George’s honor. Stoney Fellows have continued to work in the field as award-winning filmmakers and Working Films staff. We look forward to a whole new generation of Stoney Fellows in the years to come and know that they, along with those of us who knew him, will be moved by his legacy – his devotion to his craft and by his belief in the power of film to transform the world.
Qualifications: Working Films is seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in documentary film and social media for the 2013 Stoneyships. We are especially interested in candidates who possess the initiative to take on new and innovative assignments. A sense of humor and the capacity to work as a team player are essential.
The exact fit of each Fellow to our ongoing work will be determined at the outset of the “Stoneyship.” We regard the Fellow as a staff person during the time spent with Working Films which means s/he will participate in the full activities of the staff of Working Films during the course of the position. Regular responsibilities include sitting in as colleagues in development meetings between filmmakers, activists and other Working Films staff; participating in audience and community engagement efforts; and contributing to our blog and social networks. Explore our website at www.workingfilms.org to learn more about the work we do.
Terms and Compensation: We expect the Stoney Fellow to last 8-10 weeks in our
Working Films values a diverse workplace and encourages people with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
HOW TO APPLY: Please email a 1-page cover letter and your resume to mmurphy[@]workingfilms.org by April 15th, 2013. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. If you have questions, please email them to mmurphy[@]workingfilms.org .
The cover letter should respond to the following:
- Why is the Stoneyship appealing to you?
- What experiences do you have advancing social justice (community organizing, activism, service)? Have you used media in these efforts? If so, how?
- What unique qualifications and assets do you think you could bring to the position?
We will confirm the receipt of your submission materials and notify you of your status within three weeks of this date.
About George Stoney:
George Stoney was a filmmaker, thinker and activist who inspired the independent filmmaking field to understand the importance of linking creative media to effective community organizing. He helped to pioneer the field of documentary film and is often credited as the “Father of Public Access Television”. He has directed and produced more than 50 documentary films, video tapes and television series and was a professor of film and cinema studies at New York University, where he taught since 1970.
In honor of his groundbreaking work, the Stoneyship is designed as a flagship internship program to invest in future grassroots organizing leaders and socially relevant filmmakers.