Aug 2nd 2010
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – The 6th Annual Buffalo Infringement Festival kicked off this past weekend in Allentown, celebrating the city’s rich arts & cultural scene. WBFO’s Lauren Mook (DMS BA ’09) spoke with the Festival’s organizers, musicians, performers, and attendees about what makes this festival so unique.
To view the WBFO News article, please go to: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wbfo/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1681228.
Jul 28th 2010
The 2010 Buffalo Infringement Festival
Thursday, July 22 — Sunday, August 1
Featuring Media Study students and faculty. Over 700 performances! Over 350 plays, bands, art installations, films, parties, etcetera! Over 50 venues (and non-venues) in and around the Allentown neighborhood of Buffalo, NY!
Media Study folks include: Intermedia Performance Studio, Jordan Dalton, Ron Douglas, Ekrem Serdar, Liz Chow, Josh Parkins, Michael Beitz, Masha Sha, Anna Scime, Neil Terry, Joshua Strauss and Lulldozer.
The official schedule is online! See the schedule page for the complete list of shows, including updates to the printed program in the July 22 ArtVOice.
Art Under the Radar
Every summer, the streets of Buffalo come alive with scores of events by local and visiting theatre and dance companies, puppeteers, media artists, poets, comics, musicians, cabaret acts, digital designers, and miscellaneous insurrectionists. The annual Buffalo Infringement Festival provides artists and audiences of all backgrounds the chance to come together, take chances, push boundaries, and explore uncharted territory because exciting art can happen anywhere, anytime, without a blockbuster budget. (Or any budget at all, for that matter.)
Jul 17th 2010
Ron Douglas’ documentary Unseen Tears will show in this years Lights Camera Help Film Festival
If you are in Austin check it out.
Apr 19th 2010
Congrats to MFA candidate Ron Douglas for winning the Documentary Award at the 2nd Annual SUNY-Wide Film Festival for his film Unseen Tears: The Native American Residential/Boarding School Experience in Western New York!
Mar 29th 2010
MFA candidate Ron Douglas’ documentary, Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in Western New York, has been selected to screen as part of the SUNY Wide Film Festival on Friday, April 16th. Everyone is welcome to come.
For a full schedule of the SUNY-Wide festival: fredonia.edu/swff
Feb 11th 2010
Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in WNY by Media Study MFA candidate Ron Douglas
7:00-9:30 p.m., Thursday, February 18
Bulger Communications, Building South
Buffalo State College
First 100 attendees will receive a complimentary DVD of the documentary.
Information tables, 7-7:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
Followed by a panel comprised of former boarding school residents, children/grandchildren of survivors, social workers, K-12 school counselors, and producers/director of the documentary.
Unseen Tears focuses on Western New York Native American communities that are attempting to heal the wounds and break the cycle of intergenerational trauma resulting from the boarding school experience.
This free event is co-sponsored by the SUNY Western Native American Consortium, Seneca Nation Tribal Council Office, Seneca Nation Health Department, Native American Student Organization and Student Social Work Organization (both funded by the USG mandatory student activity fee), Kappa Omega—Social Work Honor Society, and Native American Community Services.
Unseen Tears is produced by Native American Community Services and Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources.
Nov 25th 2009
Read about in today’s cover story in Artvoice!
Featuring work by current and former Media Study grads Ron Douglas, Loren Sonnenberg, & Diedie Weng
When: Sunday, December 6th, 3 pm
Where: Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, 639 Main Street
Suggested Donation: $5
On Sunday, December 6th at 3pm, Squeaky Wheel invites the public to the Channels – Stories from the Niagara Frontier premiere screening of newly produced films, to be held at the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center (639 Main St). Channels – Stories from the Niagara Frontier, now in its third year, is Squeaky Wheel’s production program that matches documentary filmmakers with grass roots initiatives and groups to collaboratively create documentary films about important (and often overlooked) issues specific to this region. This innovative collaboration results in a documentary film that the organizations can use to promote social awareness about their cause for years to come.
The participating groups are Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Coalition for Economic Justice, Native American Community Services, and Read To Succeed. Participating filmmakers are Diedie Weng, Christine Zinni, Ron Douglas, and Loren Sonnenberg. This premiere screening is a great way to meet with these local organizations and filmmakers and learn how to get involved in your own community! Channels – Stores from the Niagara Frontier is supported by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.
PROGRAM OF FILMS:
Building on the Past for Our Future by Diedie Weng aims to promote a conversation about low-income communities’ efforts and struggles in revitalizing neglected historical Buffalo neighborhoods by valuing the people and the place as assets.
Dawn ’til Dusk: Buffalo Workers and the Fight for Jobs With Justice by Christine Zinni focuses on 4 workers whose income from full time employment is well below the federal poverty level, showing how people are fighting back to bring about change.
Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in Western New York by Ron Douglas focuses on Western New York Native American communities who are attempting to heal the wounds and break the cycle of inter-generational trauma resulting from the boarding school experience.
The Ecology of Reading by Loren Sonnenberg shows the innovative and holistic approach the Read To Succeed coalition and other organizations in Buffalo bring to the field of literacy education.
Please contact Dorothea Braemer for further information and hi-resolution images.
Oct 16th 2009
The cost of Iraq and Afghanistan laid out end-to-end in $100 bills…
…would extend 846,157.6 miles – or just short of 34 times around the Earth’s circumference. (Stat from: The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation)
Man I just need a few of those bills…. Help me out man….I’ll make art not bombs….
Oct 1st 2009
MFA candidate Ron Douglas’ doc We Need Food not Bombs will be screening at the World on Your Plate Conference, Oct 10th at 2:45pm at Daemen College.
6th Annual World On Your Plate
Food and Sustainable Living Conference
October 9 – 10
Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY
Featuring keynote speakers:
* Howard Lyman, the “mad” vegan cowboy
* Dr. Margaret Mitchell, Healthy Transitions
* Diane Picard, Massachusetts Avenue Project
Choose 3 sessions from more than 20 workshops that focus on current food issues and sustainable living
* Free vegan reception at Friday night film screening and discussion
* Free organic lunch Saturday
* Local vendor samples and information tables
* Free parking at Daemen College
To register and for schedule of events visit http://www.worldonyourplate.org/
Aug 10th 2009
URFest (Urban Renewal Traveling Film Festival) is a nationally touring documentary film festival from Buffalo, NY that screens films with the goal of starting community dialogues about urban revitalization. Organized by MFA Loren Sonnenberg and featuring films by Media Study folks. Check out their cross-country schedule and let all your friends know they’re coming to a town near you!
We Need Food Not Bombs by Ron Douglas explores how a grassroots organization in Buffalo has built community through sharing food in opposition to violence.
We Own It by Loren Sonnenberg is a story about cooperative home ownership that follows Buffalo’s Nickel City Housing Cooperative through the purchase, renovation, and setup of their second community oriented (mostly non-student) cooperative house.
PUSHing People Power: Rebuilding Buffalo’s West Side by Ruth Goldman is a story about ordinary citizens working together to create and sustain an urban community that values sustainable and equitable housing, jobs and lifestyles. More info about PUSH. Produced by Squeaky Wheel
May 8th 2009
MFA candidate Ron Douglas’ documentary, We Need Food Not Bombs, was programmed by Free Speech TV and will be aired sometime in the next 3- 6 months. (Check with your local listings for times and dates). We Need Food Not Bombs explores how a grassroots organization in Buffalo builds community through sharing food in opposition to violence. The documentary has screened at several venues locally (including Squeaky Wheel and the “World on Your Plate Conference” at Daemen College) and now nationally on FSTV.
Free Speech TV is available 24 hours a day on DISH Network, channel 9415 and part-time on 172 cable affiliates in 35 states.