Film Advisors

Consulting Producers: George Stoney & Lora Hays

George C. Stoney, a Professor of film and cinema studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has made over 40 documentary films on wide-ranging subjects. He is a pioneer in the field of documentary film and considered the “father” of public access television. He has directed several influential films including All My Babies, How the Myth Was Made and The Uprising of ‘34. He was he director of the Challenge for Change project of the National Film Board of Canada from 1966 to 1970 and co-founded the Alternate Media Center in New York in 1972.

Lora Hays began her film career in 1938. She has edited programs for CBS, NBC, ABC and HBO and produced several award-winning shorts. She has edited and served as consulting editor on numerous documentary films, including Eli Landau’s Montgomery to Memphis, Barbara Kopple’s Oscar-winning Harlan County, U.S.A., and Beverly Peterson’s The Andre Show and Sandra’s Web. She taught film editing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts from 1982-2007.

Advisors: Mark Crispin Miller & Joan Dye Gussow

Mark Crispin Miller is a Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is the author of several books, including Boxed In: The Culture of TV; The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder; Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform. He is also the editor of Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008. His essays and articles have appeared in many journals, magazines and newspapers throughout the nation and the world, and he has given countless interviews worldwide.

Miller is the editor of Icons of America, a book series published by Yale University Press. (His own contribution to the series, a book about the Marlboro Man, will be published by YUP in 2010). Miller’s  2004 off-Broadway show, A Patriot Act, performed at the New York Theater Workshop, is available on DVD (

Miller earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1971, and his doctorate in English from Johns Hopkins University in 1977. Although he specialized in Renaissance literature, Miller is best known as a media critic. Before joining New York University, Miller served as director of film studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Joan Dye Gussow is a serious food producer, a writer, and officially a retiree from Teachers College, Columbia University where she is Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita, former chair of the Nutrition Education Program, and where she still teaches her course on nutritional ecology every fall.

She has served on and chaired many organizational boards, but currently serves only on the boards of Just Food, the Sustainability Fund, and the Frontera Farmer Foundation, as well as on the Board of Trustees of her Hudson River village.  She has previously served two terms on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, a term on the FDA’s Food Advisory Committee, and a term on the National Organic Standards Board.

She is author, coauthor or editor of a number of articles and several books; the latter include The Feeding Web, The Nutrition Debate, and Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture. Her most recent book, based on the lessons learned from 30 years of working on growing her own, is This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader, published in 2001 by Chelsea Green Publishing Co.  A long time organic mini-farmer, Gussow now lives writes, and grows all her own organic produce on the west bank of the Hudson River.  she is currently at work on another book whose tentative title Growing, (comma) Older will undoubtedly be rejected by her publisher.

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