Hudson Valley Grows is a personal video blog from the perspective of Stan Hirson, a documentary film maker who lives in the Hudson Valley. It is a documentary diary, a collection of short videos that are independent of any commercial purpose.
Stan started his professional career in educational television in the studios of WGBH-TV in Boston in 1962. Among his credits was being floor manager on Julia Child’s first shows of The French Chef. He found that film making more to his liking as it liberated him from the constraints of the studio and he produced and directed documentaries for the station. He covered the civil rights movement in the South for National Educational Television in 1963 and made film portraits of James Baldwin, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
Stan joined the Maysles Brothers as Associate and was involved in the films The Beatles in America, Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, and documenting the many Christo projects. As a cameraman, director, and/or producer, his clients included the television networks, CBS, ABC, NBC, and ABC Wide World of Sports, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, the USIA, and Time-Life.
As a result of his films about dissatisfaction in the workplace, he was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship to the Graduate School of Management at UCLA at the Center for Quality of Working Life and left his film career to practice organizational consultation. He trained in group and organizational behavior at the Washington School of Psychiatry and was awarded a fellowship at London’s Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. In addition to consulting to industry he taught group and organizational dynamics at the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College of Columbia University.
He lives and works in the Hudson Valley where he has consolidated his careers to make documentary videos for the internet.
You might like to visit some of his other websites:
Pine Plains Views, a video portrait of a small town in rural America.
Thinking Global, Acting Local, videos about climate change, carbon sequestration, biochar production and stove technology among other subjects.
Life With Horses, a collection of video websites mostly about Icelandic horses and Iceland.
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