Olympia Stone is an independent producer of documentary films about art and artists. Her production company, Floating Stone Productions, is based in Chapel Hill, NC. Her films probe the motivations and personal histories of eclectic artists as a way of providing insight into their work.
Olympia’s latest documentary, “Actually, Iconic: Richard Estes,” about the photorealist painter Richard Estes, will be released in spring of 2020. Her documentary, Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King, won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 San Francisco DocFest Festival. Her short film, The Original Richard McMahan, premiered at the Tally Shorts Film Festival in January 2017 and won the Florida Favorite Award.
In April 2015, her documentary Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck, premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC and has been shown nationally and internationally. Curious Worlds aired on PBS in the fall of 2016.
Olympia’s previous film, about the artist James Grashow, The Cardboard Bernini (2012), was broadcast nationwide on PBS. It 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.