“Late last night I had me a dream,
I was out fishin’ in a whiskey stream…”
–Talking Fishing Blues, Woody Guthrie
My name is Stephen Stanley and I’m a director, producer, writer, and educator. I believe that stories are more than entertainment: they foster connection, engender change, and offer hope. I want to elevate life-affirming narratives and to champion storytellers who might otherwise get overlooked in an industry that often values creative homogeneity.
The name “Whiskey Stream” is a reference to the work of Woody Guthrie, who often sings about finding an enchanted land where the streams flow with whiskey and wine. I see the whiskey stream as a metaphor of my vision of the role of film, which is as a medium to recast the world as we wish it was or as how we see it could be.