The tough stuff

Buffalo We’re Looking Good!

by WKBW (1980s, video, 1 minute) Her crown has been polished and she’s waiting for her coming out. America, welcome to Buffalo.


by Esther Johnson (GIVE FORMAT, LENGTH, DATE). A look at the past and present of one of Buffalo’s oldest hotels and the many stories contained within its weathered walls. A journey through a faded 1920s Art Deco interior, versus shabby retro Americana.

Esther Johnson is an artist, filmmaker and photographer who creates work that takes a poetic-experimental approach to documentary and narrative, through film, video, audio, photography, installations and writing. She made this film during a residency at Squeaky Wheel, and resides in the United Kingdom.


by Chris Ernst (3.5 minutes, 16mm, 2007). Buffalo in the dead of winter provides the backdrop for an experimental meditation on the city and its physical spaces.

Christopher Ernst is a filmmaker whose practice stretches across several genres, integrating divergent aesthetics and exhibition strategies as a means to explore the influence of cinema on how we arrange and navigate everyday spaces. He teaches at the New School Department of Media Studies in Brooklyn.

Oscular Pets

by Tony Conrad (2003, video, 7 minutes). A look directly into Mr. Conrad’s mouth, home to microscopic creature companions who have little control over their own fate.

Tony Conrad is a film and video maker, musician and performer whose work has had significant impact on American avant-garde art and music. Well known for his groundbreaking, radically reductive work with sound and image, he has been teaching in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo since the early 1970s.

Oh, Buffalo!

by Marc Moscato (2005, video, 3 minutes) Valentine’s Day in Buffalo, NY: possibly the loneliest place in the world.

Marc Moscato is an artist, curator and activist living in Portland, OR. His short films and videos have screened at film festivals, theaters and non- traditional spaces across the country, including the New York Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival and Video Mundi Festival. He currently directs the Dill Pickle Club, an experimental education center in Portland.


by Critical Art Ensemble (2004, video, 5 minutes). In May 2004, Steven Kurtz called 911 to report the death of his wife. In order to create his art installations, Kurtz worked with biological equipment and had a small home lab. Buffalo police deemed these materials suspicious and notified the FBI, who detained Kurtz, while dozens of federal agents raided his home, seizing books, computers, manuscripts and art materials.

Critical Art Ensemble is a collective of media practitioners focus whose work explores the intersections between art, critical theory, technology and political activism.

Main Attraction

by Paris Henderson (2006, video, 5 minutes). A document of graffiti art in Buffalo and its political implications. Produced as part of Portraits of Main Street, a program which pairs high school students with professional filmmakers in creating documentaries about the social history of the city.

Paris Henderson lives on the west side of Buffalo, works on the east, goes to school in the south and plays on the north. He is studying graphic design, starting a clothing line, design company and online zine about Buffalo’s untapped urban culture. He loves Buffalo because It’s has so much potential and everyday he wakes up he feels as if sky’s the limit in this city.

Transient Views of WNY

by Terry Cuddy (2004, video, 5 minutes). The history of fallen rustbelt industry told through poetry.

Terry Cuddy is an artist and teacher living in Auburn, New York. He has completed three residencies at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York.

Poor White Trash Girl: Class Consciousness

by Kelly Spivey (2002, super 8mm, 5 minutes). A semi-autobiographical fictional animation, based on the life of a poor white girl who lives amidst Fisherprice Little People. In this episode, we observe poor white trash girl making sense of her middle class neighbor’s life and the jealous rage that results from the recognition of inequity.

Kelly Spivey is an experimental filmmaker and animator whose work has shown internationally at festivals including Women in the Directors Chair, San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and Ladyfest Seattle, and at Ocularis, Hallwalls and on ReelNY, PBS.

Watch me break it down.

by Julie Perini (2006, video, 1 minute). A series of solitary, improvised dances in public locations proves any space can become a temporary disco.

Julie Perini is a Portland-based media artist working in video, film and performance. Her work has screened at alternative media spaces, galleries, and festivals, including the Iowa City International Documentary Festival, Northwest Film & Video Festival, Cornell Cinema and many others. She currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art.


by Meg Knowles (2006, super 8mm/ video, 3 minutes). A documentation of personal change and reflection on attentiveness in a difficult relationship.

Meg Knowles is a documentary and experimental video artist whose work has screened at festivals, galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives and PDX Film Festival. She is currently Assistant Professor of Media Production at Buffalo State College.

The 12th Man

by David Gracon (6 minutes, video, 2009). A documentation of fan culture as Ralph Wilson considered a final deathblow to the city: the moving of the Buffalo Bills.

David Gracon is a doctoral student in the Communication and Society program at the University of Oregon. He is working on a written and video thesis about independent record store culture.

I Luved This City

by Stephanie Gray (4 minutes, super 8mm, 2000). A crush on a hard to get city. A valentine to its buildings melting in snow. Frozen hands trying to focus. Soggy wet sneakers and socks persist through the rough terrain of this luved city. Hoity toity types enrage the author. Desperate attempts to perform magic, miracles, and walking on snow without sinking. 
Stephanie Gray is a New York City- based filmmaker and poet. Her super 8 films have screened internationally, including Splice This!; Ocularis, AntiMatter, Hallwalls and numerous others. She is author of Heart Stoner Bingo and is currently Development Director of Anthology Film Archives.     


by Gabriella Citriniti (2006, video, 5 minutes). What is a Main Street supposed to be? What does it mean to live on a Main Street that’s vacant? Looking past Buffalo’s economic struggles, we can see the true beauty of the city: the people who call it home. Produced as part of Squeaky Wheel’s Portraits of Main Street program.

Gabriella Citriniti is currently living in Philadelphia and going to school for linguistics. She is still experimenting with film and video, focusing mostly on her cats. Even though she is away, her heart will always belong to Buffalo.

Summer bike film tour

July 17-18 Anacortes, WA | What the Heck Fest July 20 Vancouver, BC | Pacific Cinematheque

July 21 Vancouver, BC | Spartacus Bookstore July 22 Nanaimo, BC | TBA

July 24 Victoria, BC | TBA

July 26 Port Townsend, WA | The Boiler Room

July 27 Langley, WA | Island Coffeehouse

July 28 Seattle, WA | The Vita Warehouse

July 30 Olympia, WA | Olympia All Ages Project

July 31 Chehalis, WA | The Matrix

August 2 Portland, OR | The Waypost

Special thanks:

Dorothea Braemer, Coleen French, Karl Lind, Carolyn Tennant

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