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One of the most interesting and knowledgeable filmmakers of all times, and certainly one of the greatest living movie makers, an Oliver Stone appearance is more than a lecture — it is an event. 2010 is going be huge for Oliver Stone. Still making extraordinarily entertaining movies which shred conventional wisdom and demand that audiences pay attention, he is more current than ever.
With Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, pushed back to fall 2010, Oliver Stone has been all over the world promoting and discussing his most controversial recent documentary:
South of the Border — SouthOfTheBorderDoc.com
There’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. This reality is so important that Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to change that sad truth. Tagging along, the audience gets to explore the social and political movements, as well as, the US mainstream media’s misperception of South America. Stone talks with seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Néstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, with Michael Douglas resurrecting his Academy Award winning role as monster financier Gordon Gekko from Stone's 1987 Wall Street, is schedule to be released this fall. The movie is set in the moment of the recent financial break down, and we will all get to find out if after 20 years in prison Gekko still thinks "greed is good". Stone's 2009 documentary, South of the Border, a positive look at the political changes in Central and South America, will be in theaters this year. Finally, his ten part Showtime documentary, The Secret History of America, will air in 10 parts in 2010 (does the man ever sleep?) and is already raising controversy.
Oliver Stone, born in New York, September 15, 1946, has directed: "W." (2008), "World Trade Center" (2006), "Alexander" (2004), "Any Given Sunday" (1999), "U-Turn" (1997), "Nixon" (1995), "Natural Born Killers" (1994), "Heaven and Earth" (1993), "JFK" (1991), "The Doors" (1991), "Born On The Fourth Of July" (1989), "Talk Radio" (1988), "Wall Street" (1987), "Platoon" (1986), "Salvador" (1986), "The Hand" (1981) and "Seizure" (1973).
He has written or co-written each of the movies listed above, with the exception of "U-Turn", "World Trade Center", and "W.". He has also written or co-written: "Midnight Express" (1978), "Scarface" (1983), "Conan The Barbarian" (1982), "Year Of The Dragon" (1985), "Evita" (1996), and "8 Million Ways To Die" (1986).
Mr. Stone has directed 3 documentaries — "Looking for Fidel" (2004), "Comandante" (2003), "Persona Non Grata" (2003).
He has produced or co-produced: "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996), "The Joy Luck Club" (1993), "Reversal of Fortune" (1990), "Savior" (1998), "Freeway" (1996), "South Central" (1998), "Zebrahead" (1992), "Blue Steel" (1990), and the ABC mini-series "Wild Palms" (1993). An Emmy was awarded to him and his co-producer for the HBO film "Indictment: The McMartin Trial", and he was nominated for the documentary "The Last Days of Kennedy and King".
Stone has won Oscars for directing "Born On The Fourth Of July" (based on the memoirs of Ron Kovic) and "Platoon", and for writing "Midnight Express". He was nominated for best director (JFK) and co-writer (Nixon). He's also received three Golden Globes for directing ("Platoon", "Born On The Fourth Of July" and "JFK"), and one for writing ("Midnight Express").
In addition to his film and movie credits, Stone wrote a novel, published in 1997 by St. Martin's Press, entitled "A Child's Night Dream", based on his experiences as a young man. He is also a contributor of some 200 pages of essays on movies, culture, politics and history to the book "Oliver Stone's USA", edited by Robert Brent Toplin and published by the University Press of Kansas (2000).
Prior to his film career, Oliver Stone worked as a school teacher in Vietnam, a Merchant Marine sailor, taxi driver, messenger, production assistant, and sales representative. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in 1967-68. He was wounded twice and decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning from Vietnam, he completed his undergraduate studies at New York University Film School in 1971.
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