directed by Mark Moskowitz
USA 2002


"STONE READER follows my quest to find a long out-of-print book The Stones of Summer and a forgotten writer, Dow Mossman. The novel is one of youth and rebellion, written from 1965-1971 when I was a teenager and rebellion was at the heart of the arts and the new consciousness of young Americans"  - Directors statement


In 1972, 18-year-old Mark Moskowitz buys a novel called The Stones of Summer by first-time author Dow Mossman, because an
enthusiastic New York Times review persuades him it is the book of a generation. Despite being an avid reader, Moskowitz can't get past the first 20 pages.
Twenty-five years later, Mark re-discovers the book, and this time he can't put it down. Enthralled with its story and wonderful originality, Mark tries to buy copies for his friends and to look for other works by the author. He can't find the book. He can't find a record of the author. He can't find anyone who has heard his name, let alone read the book.
The film chronicles filmmaker Mark Moskowitz’s year-long search for Dow Mossman. Pursuing answers to the literary mystery, he crisscrossed the country, meeting, among others, Robert Gottlieb, editor of Catch-22, Frank Conroy, head of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and critic Leslie Fiedler.
Cinematic, humorous and obsessive, the journey is a wistful, powerful affirmation of reading and what it means to us.
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Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: January 2002 (Slamdance Film Festival) - USA

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DVD Review: New Yorker Video (2 Disc) -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker Video -  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:09:40
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.68 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by director Mark Moskowitz and writer Dow Mossman
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Photo gallery
• Book lists
• Writer panel
• Betty Kelly interview
• Leslie Fiedler: More from the Stone Reader
• Leslie Fiedler: From the Firing Line
• A.S. Byatt with Toni Morrison
• Furthur conversations
• Deleted scenes
• Connection across time
• Janet Maslin with Mark Moskowitz
• Featurette on what happened next
• Roger Ebert's overlooked film festival
• Widescreen anamorphic format
• Number of discs: 2

DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004

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Chapters: 12


Well, my faith in New Yorker is paying big dividends - this is a top notch DVD set. Anamorphic image with true colors - a smattering of damage, but all very acceptable for a documentary. The Extras are out of this world - a full second disc bonus and a commentary on the film by the director. Extremely impressive work and a super film to showcase on DVD.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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