Floating Stone Productions
I started Floating Stone Productions in 2001, after 9/11, with the idea that life is too short to be doing something you don’t enjoy if you don’t absolutely have to do it. I quit a dead-end production job and started working on my first film, The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art. I had been wanting to make a film about my father and his love for and obsession with art for many years, and quickly began raising money and shooting my first interviews. Of course, it took longer than I ever anticipated to finish the film, but over the course of six years (with a job and two babies in between), I have definitely experienced the highs and also the myriad hassles of independent filmmaking. My current project, "The Cardboard Bernini," is in production. Click here to read all about it.
Olympia Stone is an award-winning independent producer, director and editor of documentary films. Her intimate portrait of the artist James Grashow, The Cardboard Bernini, details his exhilarating quest to create an intricately detailed cardboard version of the Trevi fountain, which he intends to abandon to the elements. Broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2013-14, the film also won Best Documentary at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2013, and was an official selection at Sebastopol, Santa Fe and 18 other festivals. Her first independent film, The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art (2007) chronicles the obsessive collecting of her father, a New York art world gallerist whose habits and prescient scouting shaped his life and the lives of many in his artfully cluttered orbit.