Department of Media Study News & Events

INTERVIEW ME: Curry+Dillon

Photo: Laura Curry

Interview Me By Curry+Dillon
Interview Me is a new multidisciplinary work by Curry+Dillon, presented by the Northwest Film Forum to open its 2011 Live at the Film Forum season.

When: September 15 – 17, 8 pm
Lobby installation begins at 7:30 pm
Northwest Film Forum1515 12th Ave., Seattle WA 98122
Contact Information:
Laura Curry

Lori Dillon

About Interview Me
Interview Me
 integrates public installation, multi-media performance, and dance theatre to explore the ways in which interviews function in our society.  Curry+Dillon exploit the drama and architecture of “the interview” in a highly interactive evening where the audience plays a significant role in the experience.  Drawing from historical references and contemporary social media, Interview Me forces an up-close investigation of America’s love affair, and contemporary culture’s fascination, with the interview.

Interview Me is supported in part by 4Culture, Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Northwest Film Forum and other generous donors.

Ticket Information
Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets, at Northwest Film Forum and at the door.

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Student Game Show
When: Monday, May 2 @ 6-9pm
Where: Room 242 & 278 @ The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

The University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study proudly presents a collection of student games created during the Spring semester of this year under the guidance of Josephine Anstey and Luke Noonan. This year students in the Virtual Worlds class are showcasing their video games. People will get the chance to meet the designers and play the games.

This event coincides with the department’s Student show, which provides free food and sustenance to those in attendance.

Come play some games and have a little fun with us!

For more information on the featured games, descriptions, and screenshots please visit:
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DMS Spring Student Show
When: Monday, May 2, 2011 @ 5 PM
Where: The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Announcing a new format for the DMS Student Show!
The evening will include: a program of featured student work; a plenary session where DMS awards will be presented; and parallel exhibitions of student work in multiple rooms (see schedule below). The goal of these changes is to encourage co-mingling of people, ideas and media and to support the diversity of work that is produced in DMS.

5:00: Room 112 Featured Student Work
5:20: Room 112 Plenary & Awards
5:40: Intermission & Food
Multiple Screening and Interactive/Installation Rooms
Rooms 112, 232, 235, 242, 246, 278, 286
6:00 – 7:20: Session 1
7:20: Intermission & Food
7:40 – 9:00: Session 2

We hope to see you at the plenary session!

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Brett Williams and Tim Gera: NICKEL CITY SMILER

Nickel City Smiler directed by Brett Williams and edited by Tim Gera was featured in the Buffalo News. The article A story of anguish and hope: Film tells a tale of Buffalo’s Burmese residents through the eyes of one refugee was published on April 11, 2011. Nickel City Smiler is a documentary about a proud Burmese refugee named Smiler and all the dreams and burdens he carries with him in his busy life on Buffalo’s West Side.

It’s a documentary with a catchy title — “Nickel City Smiler” — about a proud Burmese refugee named Smiler and all the dreams and burdens he carries with him in his busy life on Buffalo’s West Side.

The story of the Burmese in Buffalo is told through the sometimes anguished thoughts and words of Smiler Greely, and the 103-minute film is a gritty look at the plight of Burmese refugees here.

“Nickel City Smiler — From the Jungle to the Streets” will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Market Arcade as part of the current 10-day Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.

Why should the plight of the Burmese be so important in Buffalo?

Partly because the Burmese and other refugees represent the only slice of growth in an otherwise hemorrhaging population.

“Ninety-eight percent of the individuals that moved into the city of Buffalo for the past two years were refugees,” said Donna Pepero, who heads the Refugee School Impact Program in the Buffalo schools. “They’re filling these empty houses on the West Side, all over Buffalo.”

To view the entire article, please visit:

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FILMMAKER JOHN TERRY: Public Lecture and Screening

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
@ 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
UB North Campus
Center for the Arts Room 112 (Auditorium)

A very special opportunity to hear internationally recognized filmmaker John Terry speak about and present his films in person!

An independent filmmaker who has made more than 28 films, John Terry has taught at RISD, Yale, the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT he was instrumental in founding MIT’s documentary film/video program. He has been a Professor of Film/Animation/Video at RISD for more than two decades. In 1999 and 2004 Terry was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, and lectured there in 1975. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. A capable administrator, he served as RISD’s acting associate provost in the late 1990s. He was department head Film Animation & Video from 1995-2001 and was been Dean of Fine Arts from 2002-2010.

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Exchange Stories Symposium
A one-day symposium, free and open to the public

Sunday, March 20th from 3 – 6 pm
@ Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202

Exchange Stories:
Economics, Labor, and Interchange Explored in the Moving Image

How can we use make and use media to envision the ever-shifting connections of global economics?

Exchange Stories seeks to explore how current economies are being represented in contemporary European video and film. Incorporating the films of several artists, this seminar will examine different forms of economic practice as forms of cultural practice, raising questions such as how economic practice operates in contemporary cultures. The film program employs a wide range of approaches including experimental, documentary, auto-ethnographic and vérité strategies, which sometimes analytically, sometimes ironically deal with these topics. The presented films each individually try to activate new forms of understanding and “doing” or “thinking” economy.

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International Digital Language | Arts Festival
May 18-21, 2011
University at Buffalo
Web registration now available! Specially-priced advance registration offered during March 2011 only!

If you are interested in the emerging edge of language-informed arts practice, whether as a poet, writer, artist, media innovator, scholar, teacher, performer, or in any other disciplines, E-Poetry offers a context for practice and analysis that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. For its tenth anniversary, E-Poetry has been brought back to Buffalo, a central and accessible location for its activities. It will provide a mix of practices, with the emphasis on emerging practices in multiple disciplines that find themselves embedded or even just on the edge of the digital. It will convene a celebratory (in the triumphant spirit of preceding historic poetry festivals) and thought-filled gathering of 150 artists, writers, and scholars from 40 countries — a diversity and culturally rich offering that won’t be found elsewhere.

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ANALOG: A Film by John J. Fink

When: Sunday, April 10 · 3:00pm – 5:00pm
WhereMarket Arcade Films and Arts Centre

Traversing the boundaries of imagination and fact, filmmaker John J. Fink presents a new semi-autobiographical short film, Analog, about a young Buffalo, NY couple. Wade, a long haul truck driver (Benjamin L. Newmark) and his wife, Diana (Tilke Hill) struggle to come to terms with an open secret they must break to their son (Ethan Dempsy).

Written & Directed by John J. Fink
Produced by Isaac DV Johnson & John J. Fink

Screening in Shorts Block E on Sunday April 10th, 2011 at 3PM, Theatre #1 at Dipson Theatres Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre.

For more information, please visit

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PEEPSHOW 2011: It’s Complicated

PEEPSHOW 2011: It’s Complicated – Squeaky Wheel’s high-energy fundraising art party & art-stravaganza!
When: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8:00 p.m. – 1:00a.m.
Where: DNIPRO Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.)
Price: $15 pre-sale and $20 at door price ($15 for students w/ ID)

Squeaky Wheel is at it again! On February 26th, this Buffalo based media arts center is hosting their annual fundraiser showcase this year at the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center. This unique multi-level venue will be the jam-packed with works of art from over 40 artists, featuring a massive dose of live music performances, an art auction, and interactive art projects such as an auto-playing musical instrument consisting of 12 vibrating dildos by Brian Larson Clark, 50-foot-long kinetic sculptures crafted from flexible tubes containing intelligent lights that moves with the rhythm of the music by Joel Resnikoff and even a human mirror ball. Purchase your tickets today and become part of the fun and games this year.

For those of you interested to get the first crack at the art auction, get a ticket for the Peepshow PEEP! Pre-party from 7:00-8:00pm. Pre-party tickets are available online and include adjacent parking, first bid at the art auction, complimentary cocktails, authentic Ukrainian hors d’oeuvres, a VIP video screening at 8:00pm, and music by After Hours.

Advance tickets will be sold for $15 at Squeaky Wheel, Café Taza, Sweetness 7, Talking Leaves and online.

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ARTIST TALK & WORKSHOP featuring Zach Gage

Open to the Public

Artist Talk presenting Zach Gage
When: Monday, February 7 @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: CFA 235 (Screening Room)

Workshop by Zach Gage
When: Tuesday, February 8 @ 1:00 – 4:40 pm
Where: CFA 246 (Lab 246)
The Workshop will feature iPhone and OpenFrameworks

Please RSVP to Teri Rueb at
Department of Media Study

Sponsored by: the Open Air Institute | UB Media Study

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