Robert Stone is an Oscar®- nominee for Best Feature Documentary a three-time Emmy-nominee for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and a winner of the 2020 Columbia duPont Award for Best Documentary, among many other awards and accolades for his work over three decades. Born in England in 1958, Stone grew up in both England and America. After graduating with a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, he moved to New York City in 1983 determined to pursue a career in filmmaking. He gained considerable recognition for his first film, Radio Bikini (1987), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award®.

Multi-tasking as a producer, director, writer, editor and cameraman, Stone has over the last 30 years developed an esteemed international reputation for his unique and critically acclaimed feature-documentaries about American history, pop-culture, the mass media and the environment. Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman, who has championed his career, has called Stone “one of our most important documentary filmmakers,” for directing “two of the most explosively insightful documentaries of the last decade.” 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. The film was followed by the documentary feature Oswald’s Ghost (2007) for which Stone earned his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Filmmaking. Earth Days (2009), which premiered as the closing night film at Sundance, traced the emergence of the environmental movement in the United States, from its beginnings in the 1950s to the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 and the political action that followed it. Pandora’s Promise (2013), an audience favorite at Sundance, prompted considerable controversy by telling the intensely personal stories of environmentalists who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti- to strongly pro-nuclear energy.

Stone’s latest work, Chasing the Moon, is an epic political and social history of the race to the moon, broadcast on PBS as a three-part six-hour miniseries to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. Broadcast in 13 countries on four continents, the film was seen by nearly 8 million viewers in the United States alone and earned Stone his third Emmy nomination for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Stone also co-wrote, with Alan Andres, the companion book Chasing the Moon, published by Random House. Inspired by his filmmaking on environmental issues, Stone is a co-author of the Eco-Modernist Manifesto and co-founder of the non-profit environmental group Emergency Reactor, based in London.

Stone continues to create personally-crafted documentary films from his home in the Hudson Valley of New York, where he lives with his wife, Shelby Stone, a film and television producer, and his two sons.

Robert Stone / DIRECTOR


Academy Award nomination 
Best Feature Documentary
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Emmy Award nomination (THREE TIMES)
Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking 
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
IDA Award nomination (FOUR TIMES)
Best Archival Documentary
International Documentary Association
Sundance Documentary Grand Prize nomination (TWICE)
Sundance Film Festival
Documentary Grand Prize
WGA Award nomination (THREE TIMES)
Best Documentary Screenplay Nomination
Writers Guild of America
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award winner
Golden Gate Award
Best Feature Documentary
San Francisco International Film Festival
AFI Docs Audience Award – Best Documentary
American Film Institute
Silver Hugo Award
Chicago International Film Festival
Green Award – Best Environmental Documentary
Sheffield Documentary Film Festival
Prism Award
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
& National Institute on Drug Abuse
Golden Palm Award
New York University
Louis Wolfson Award
Wolfson Archival Film CompetitionBlue Ribbon Award
Benton Peace Prize
The Benton Foundation
Documentary Grand Prize (TWICE)
Florida Film Festival
Golden Eagle Award (FOUR TIMES)
Eric Barnow Award (THREE TIMES)
American Historical Association
Documentary Grand Prize
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
New York Artist Fellowship
New York Foundation for the Arts
Best in the West
American Advertising Federation
Angel Award
Excellence In Media
Humanitarian Vision Award
Newport Beach Film Festival
Best Documentary
Princeton Environmental Film Festival
Best International Documentary
Kuala Lampur Eco Film Festival
Best Environmental Documentary
Barcellona International Film Festival