Biography

Stuart Math is a documentary filmmaker/cameraman who lives and works in New York City. He has produced and photographed films on a wide variety of subjects, from the history of the New York City subway (River of Steel) to the Lindy Hop (Can’t Top the Lindy Hop); from race relations in the suburbs (The Struggle for Integration) to travelogues (West Point: American Icon). His work has been shown theatrically, broadcast nationally on PBS and cable TV, viewed in classrooms all over the country, and screened in film festivals worldwide.

Stuart Math is also an experienced DVD author, creating discs ranging from the simple and elegant to the very complex. His most recent DVD authoring project is The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity, a companion DVD to the journalism textbook of the same name published by Columbia University Press. The Authentic Voice DVD contains three hours of video, consisting of seven news stories and fourteen interviews with the writers and producers of these stories. Each story is extensively cross-indexed by topic, with each index entry linking to a relevant section of video. The disc also includes a complete list of discussion questions, also with links to the video. For more information on The Authentic Voice, visit www.theauthenticvoice.org/
 
Producer/Director Credits

Body and Soul
With original score by Wycliffe Gordon (DVD). In 1925, Oscar Micheaux, the best-known independent African-American filmmaker of his day, released his most famous film, Body and Soul. This silent film featured Paul Robeson in his first starring role. In 2000 renowned jazz trombonist and composer Wycliffe Gordon composed a jazz score for this movie and premiered it in a live performance by an 18-piece jazz band to open the 38th New York Film Festival. The performance that is contained on this DVD was recorded at a performance in Savannah, Georgia in February, 2005 and is the first time this score is available to the public. Stuart Math Films and Coup de Cone Music co-produced the soundtrack recording. This DVD grew out of a documentary profile of Wycliffe Gordon that Stuart Math is currently producing. (More)

West Point: American Icon
A one-hour documentary about the history of West Point for the Discovery Travel Channel. Broadcast for the 200th anniversary of the academy.

Shaker Heights: The Struggle for Integration
This one-hour documentary was filmed over a two-year period from 1995-1997. Using student-shot HI-8 cinema verite footage, historical footage, and contemporary footage, the film tells the story of this midwestern community's 40-year commitment to integration. The film follows the community's reaction to the crisis of black underachievement in its public schools and how its commitment to integration underlies its response. The Struggle for Integration premiered at the 1998 Cleveland International Film Festival. The film was broadcast nationally on PBS in November, 1998.

Building Bridges
A 20-minute educational video about the Student Group on Race Relations, or SGORR, a student-run high school program in Shaker Heights, Ohio, that works to combat self-segregation among Shaker students. This video grew out of the Struggle for Integration documentary project. (More)

River of Steel
A half-hour historical documentary about the building of the first successful subway line in New York City, the IRT. River of Steel traces New York City's never-ending search for efficient mass transportation culminating with the opening of the IRT in 1904. The film shows how the IRT transformed the city that built it, producing vibrant neighborhoods as diverse as the Bronx, the upper west side, and most unexpectedly, Harlem. Co-directed by Kerry Michaels and Stuart Math. Produced by Steel River Productions, Inc. with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts and The New York State Council on the Humanities. Honors: CINE Golden Eagle. Silver Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival. Red Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival. The film was broadcast nationally on PBS.

Can't Top the Lindy Hop!
A special interest video celebrating Swing Dancing and the 80th birthday of legendary dancer Frankie Manning. Dancers from around the world gathered in New York City in 1994 to celebrate his birthday and to dance the Lindy Hop. The video features performances by the greatest living Lindy Hoppers from the United States, England, Sweden, and Germany.

Tracy's Gift
20-minute documentary about a young woman who receives a kidney transplant from her younger brother. Produced for The Dow Chemical Company for use in an informational program to educate their employees about organ donation and transplantation.
 
Selected Camera Credits

The Sacred Stage

Cinematography. The story of the Mariinsky Theater in Leningrad, home of the Kirov Opera and the Kirov Ballet Company. Includes an interview with Placido Domingo. (More)

Happily Ever After...? Director of Photography
One-hour documentary about the world-wide struggles for democracy in the 20th century. Produced by Forbes Magazine to celebrate the magazine's 75th anniversary. Features interviews with Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Lech Walesa. HONORS: CINE Golden Eagle; Columbus International Film Festival, Bronze Plaque.

A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers
Cameraman on T.R. and His Times and World's Fairs. Documentaries for Bill Moyers' PBS series. Produced by the Corporation for Entertainment and Learning.

Looking East
Director of Photography. Six half-hour television documentaries about Taiwan, and two half-hour programs about Fujian Province in the People's Republic of China for the television series, Looking East with Yue-Sai Kan. (More)

The Ten Year Lunch - The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table
Cameraman. Documentary about the circle of friends that inhabited the Algonquin Roundtable. Winner of the Academy Award for best documentary, 1987. Produced and directed by Aviva Slesin. (More)

Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann
Photoanimation. One-hour documentary about the great film composer Bernard Herrmann, who scored Citizen Kane, Psycho, and numerous other Hitchcock films. Produced by Margaret Smilow and Roma Baran for Alternate Current International. Nominated for the Academy Award for best feature documentary, 1992. (More)

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
Photoanimation and cinematography. Theatrical feature-length documentary about the life of jazz great Thelonious Monk. Directed by Charlotte Zwerin, executive produced by Clint Eastwood. Shown at the 27th New York Film Festival, 1989. (More)

Bill Moyers' Conversation with John Huston
Cinematography. Documentary in Moyers' series, Creativity. Filmed at Huston's home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Produced by the Corporation for Entertainment and Learning.
 
DVD Authoring

The Authentic Voice

The Authentic Voice
is a journalism textbook and companion DVD published by Columbia University Press. The DVD contains over three hours of video, consisting of 7 TV news stories and 14 interviews with the writers and producers of the stories. These award-winning stories (and the stories behind the stories), provide invaluable insights on race reporting in our increasingly diverse society. Each story on the DVD is cross-indexed by topic and journalist, with each index entry linking to a section of the video story or producer interview. In addition, each story has a series of discussion questions that are also linked to video. The disc has a deep menu system and over 300 active links between the various menus and the video stories. Stuart Math was involved in designing the menu structure as well as the actual authoring of this dual-layer disc. (More)

The Destination College Collection
A collection of five videos for the College Board on one DVD. The disc uses several levels of menus to facilitate navigation to the individual titles. This DVD is distributed without charge to every high school in the United States. The content is in English and Spanish and is sub-titled.

ScoreWrite
An instructional DVD produced for the College Board to be used by high schools who want to administer practice essay tests to their students. The video is broken into individual chapters to facilitate navigation during the training sessions. Sub-titled.

 

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