Media Arts Program

Friday, October 5 — Monday, October 8

Buffalo International Film Festival

Details for individual screenings will be posted here soon. In the meantime, go to the official BIFF website to see the lineup for this year's festival.


Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

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Site Specific: A History of The Mattress Factory

David Bernabo's insightful documentary Site-Specific traces the history of seminal art venue The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA. Combining interviews with artists—Sarah Oppenheimer, Dennis Maher, Ann Hamilton, et al—as well as MF directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Site Specific shares history, anecdotes, and considerable archival footage to reveal a fulsome and illuminating breadth of artist-run culture through the past four decades. The film traces the venue's history from its origins as an artist studio space and food co-op into its decades-long history of site-specific artists' installations, affirming the Mattress Factory's place as one of the nation's most significant artistic venues. In doing so, Site Specific is not merely the story of one place, but all similar venues born in 1970s that came to define alternative and underground culture in the United States.


Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

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Cultivate Cinema Circle and Hallwalls present

Women Direct: Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust

Introduction by artist / poet Annette Daniels Taylor

Women Direct: First Films By Modern Visionary Filmmakers

According to the Motion Picture Association of America's most recent reports, women account for 52% of moviegoers, though the San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film reported that of the top 100 grossing films of 2016, women represented: 4% of directors, 11% of writers, 3% of cinematographers, 19% of producers, and 14% of editors. Obviously, the movie industry has a gender disparity problem.

In an attempt to help right this unfathomable wrong, over the past two years we'vehosted over 60 screenings at various venues around Buffalo, all the while continuously highlighting the immensely important, formally inventive work of female filmmakers, including organizing a five film retrospective of work by Agnès Varda (who just recently received an honorary Oscar), hosting Jessica Oreck at Squeaky Wheel, screening Oscar shortlisted films by Nanfu Wang and Bonni Cohen, and showing important new work by Kirsten Johnson, Petra Costa, and Jenni Olson.

With the coming year, we've decided to go further with Women Direct: First Films By Modern Visionary Filmmakers, a year long series celebrating the first films of modern masters like Kelly Reichardt, Lucrecia Martel, Sofia Coppola, and Julie Dash, as well as important new voices in cinema such as Dee Rees, Desiree Akhavan, and Anna Rose Holmer, each of whom emerged with fully formed, wholly unique perspectives from the start of their careers and have helped shape the world of cinema as we know it today ...
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Friday, November 16 — Saturday, November 17

Squeaky Wheel presents

Punctures: Textiles in Digital and Material Time

Free and open to the public. RSVP required:

How have textiles influenced the development of technology? How do weaving, sewing, and knitting inform how we make camera and phone images? What can the history of textile arts, which spans the length of human history, teach emerging media practices?

For two days, Squeaky Wheel will host artists and scholars from across the country for a convening exploring the secret and not-so-secret history connecting textile arts and media arts. This convening will function as research that will inform an ambitious, multi-site exhibition that will open in late 2019. The full list of panelists will be announced soon.

Punctures logo design by Kelly Walters.