Department of Media Study News & Events

Test Screening of DAN MECCA’s “A Poor Player” April 26, 2010

a poor player

Test Screening: A Poor Player
written and directed by UB Media Study Undergrad Dan Mecca

Date: Monday, April 26th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Student Union Theater

Dan says:

“Hey guys,

This is a feature film I’ve been working on for the least two semesters. That said, I’ve been writing some version of it for around three years, so I can’t wait for you critical peeps to give me your take.

PLOT: Sean Flynn must come to terms with the last 4 years of college over one, long weekend. As he collides with past romances, present friendships and future prospects, the idea of everyone wanting to be the star of their own movie comes to the surface.

What role are you playing today?

- Alright, so it’s not NOT somewhat autobiographical, but it is most definitely fiction. This is a test screening of a rough cut and ALL of your (anonymous, don’t worry) reactions will be more than helpful in editing a final cut for film festival submission.

Check out the event over on Facebook:!/event.php?eid=112477798777128&ref=ts

Thanks a bunch.”

So come out and give Dan your support and feedback!

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VIDEO VS FILM Class Show April 22, 2010

video v film

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Exhibition: 7 – 10:00PM
Screening: 8 PM
Sugar City, 19 Wadsworth St, Buffalo, New York 14201

Students in Basic Film (DMS 101) and Creative Video Workshop (DMS 217) from the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo will be presenting VIDEO VS FILM, a FREE exhibition and screening of film and video art Thursday, April 22nd @ Sugar City.

The VIDEO VS FILM extravaganza will feature video installations and a screening comprised of individual and collaborative works by students. This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Department of Media Study, UB and Sugar City.


FILM: Derek Caputi, Christine Cortes, Adam Danishefsky, Shiri Kester, Tal Kissos, Erica Ladd, Mike Martinez, Brittnay Maxon, Rodney Montgomery, Lisa Papke, Mollie Riester, Xavier Riley, Carl Ross, John Rusk, John Scherer, Jon Shapiro, Kirk Stevens, Lukas Weinstein

VIDEO: Samuel Avery, Jillian Bliss, Colin Brennan, Tina Chang ,Kevin Gratien, Jayson Johnson, Nicholas Meyer, Matthew Minotti, Conor O’Donnell, Anthony Peacock, Clarence Seneca, Kyle Toth, Travis Tynan, Robert Van Valin, Jieying Yan

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JESSICA THOMPSON featured in “Acoustic Territories”

walking machines

MFA candidate and adjunct instructor Jessica Thompson’s audio project Walking Machines is featured in author Brandon LaBelle’s new book Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life.

“Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life” offers an expansive reading of auditory life. It provides a careful consideration of the performative dynamics inherent to sound culture and acts of listening, and discusses how auditory studies may illuminate understandings of contemporary society. Combining research on urbanism, popular culture and auditory issues, Acoustic Territories opens up multiple perspectives – it challenges debates surrounding noise pollution and charts an “acoustic politics of space” by unfolding auditory experience as located within larger cultural histories and related ideologies.

Find out more about the book here.

Find out more about Jessica’s work here:

Congratulations, Jessica!

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MIKE BOUQUARD featured in UB Reporter


Our very own Mike Bouquard, DMS technical staff and instructor, is profiled in this week’s UB Reporter! Read about him here:

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Signal Scavengers (w/ live A/V performances by Voidologists + Lulldozer)

signal scavengers

Saturday, April 10, 2010, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
@ Squeaky Wheel
712 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Featuring Media Study grad students Olivier Delrieu-Schulze and Scott Ries and BA ’07 Aimee Buyea!

Join us for the opening reception (7:30pm) of SIGNAL SCAVENGERS, a video and sound-based installation environment created by ad-hoc media collective 404 error.

404 error is a group of buffalo situated media makers, artists, and cultural producers:

“The 404 or Not Found error message is a HTTP standard response code indicating that the client was able to communicate with the server but either the server could not find what was requested, or it was configured not to fulfill the request and did not reveal the reason why. 404 errors should not be confused with “server not found” or similar errors, in which a connection to the destination server could not be made at all.”

Starting at 8pm, you can catch two live audio-visual performances by The Voidologists and Lulldozer II during the opening reception.

The Voidologists is the one-man band of Dave Pierro, improvisational harsh/minimalist noise artist, accompanied by abstract video projections by Stacey Pierro.

Lulldozer II is an experimental 4-piece electro-acoustic improvisational sound band, consisting of members of 404 error: Olivier Dietrich, Kyle Butler, Scott Ries and Aimee Buyea.

Installation will be on view until May 8th, 2010.

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LIZ CHOW screens her doc “Hula” April 9, 2010


Hula: A Story of an Iraqi Woman
screens on Friday, April 9 at 3:00
at the Center for the Arts Room 112 (North Campus, UB).

“Life in Iraq is danger… Life in US is difficult…”

This is an documentary about an Iraqi woman, Hula.

She was an architecture student in Iraq. Her art work is amazing. But because of the war, there is no construction at all.

“Life in Iraq is not only danger…”

Over 30 years in Iraq, the violence has never ended…

“She spent her whole life in the war… I couldn’t imagine how bad it is.”

MFA Media Study candidate Liz Chow spent more than a year documenting Hula’s life in the US and editing this film.

Please come and join this event!

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TONY CONRAD performs live on WFMU


On radio station WFMU April 1, 2010 (TODAY — this afternoon!) from 3-6PM on Strength Through Failure with Fabio: Tony Conrad and Throbbing Gristle/Thee Majesty/Psychic TV mastermind Genesis Breyer P-Orridge illuminate Studio B with a live violin collaboration! The duo performed first together last year at Issue Project Room at a show presented by filmmasker Marie Losier and the results were a now-sold-out LP on the Dais label. Tune in for sublime sounds and as usual with each of these artists in the past on the show, some lively conversation with Fabio!

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Screening of ERIK BULLOT’S “Glossolalie” April 7th


Wednesday, April 7, 3:30pm
The Screening Room, 112 Center for the Arts

Erik Bullot is a Visiting Scholar in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo. He specializes in avant-garde cinema, experimental film, documentary film, and filmmaking. Tony Conrad, Professor of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, will provide the introduction for this screening of Glossolalie.

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