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