Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly has called Stone “one of our most important documentary filmmakers,” having directed “two of the most explosively insightful documentaries of the last decade.”
Multi-tasking as a producer, director, writer, editor and sometimes cameraman, Stone has over the last 25 years developed a steady international reputation with a range of unique and critically acclaimed feature-documentaries about American history, pop-culture, the mass media and the environment.
His work has earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary and two PrimeTime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Filmmaking – among many other awards. Four of his films have had their world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and seven of his films have been aired on the acclaimed PBS history series American Experience.
Stone launched his career in 1987 with the landmark documentary “Radio Bikini”, earning him an Oscar nomination. His best known work includes “GUERRILLA: The Taking of Patty Hearst” (2004), which premiered at Sundance and went on to become one of the most highly acclaimed theatrical documentaries of the year (it is currently being developed into a Hollywood feature). This was followed by the documentary feature “OSWALD’S GHOST” (2007), a unique look at the impact of the JFK assassination on American culture, featuring Norman Mailer. “EARTH DAYS” (2009), his epic documentary about the history of the environmental movement, premiered as the Closing Night Film at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically to wide critical acclaim. It was also the first film ever to have a scheduled interactive screening on FaceBook.
His most recent feature documentary is “PANDORA’S PROMISE” which premiered at Sundance in 2013, was released theatrically and broadcast on CNN. This hotly debated film that makes the environmental case for nuclear energy has taken Stone all over the world and made him a much sought after public speaker on the issues of climate change and public attitudes about energy. He recently co-founded the non-profit clean energy advocacy group Energy for Humanity based in London and Zurich, and is a co-author of the Ecomodernist Manifesto.
Stone’s work has been screened and won awards at dozens of international film festivals and he has given talks at dozens of universities throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. He continues to turn out personally crafted high-end documentaries from his home in New York’s Hudson Valley, where he lives with his two teenage sons, Caleb and Luc.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, and the Television Academy.