Department of Media Study News & Events

Canadian Curiosities! Daïchi Saïto and the Double Negative Collective

June 23rd, 2010 @ 8 o’clock
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

Co-founder Daïchi Saïto will be in Buffalo to present films and videos of the Montreal based art-collective Double Negative Collective, including his hypnotic collaboration with violinist Malcolm Goldstein, Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis. This screening has been generously supported by the Canadian-American Studies Program, the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo and Hallwalls!


The evening’s full line-up:

  1. Chiasmus
    (Daïchi Saïto, 16mm, b&w, optical mono, 8min., 2003)
  2. Chasmic Dance
    (Daïchi Saïto, 16mm, b&w, silent 24fps, 6min., 2004)
  3. Blind Alley Augury
    (Daïchi Saïto, super-8, color, silent 18fps, 3min., 2006)
  4. All That Rises
    (Daïchi Saïto, 16mm, color, optical mono, 7min., 2007)
  5. Green Fuse
    (Daïchi Saïto, super-8, color, silent 18fps, 3min., 2008)
  6. Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis
    (Daïchi Saïto, 35mm, 1.37:1, color, Dolby SR, 10min., 2009)
    (Due to the unavailability of a portable 35mm projector, this film willl be screened on miniDV)
  7. Fracas
    (Eduardo Menz, Digital 8, color, 5min., sound, 2007)
  8. Cronograma de un tiempo inexistente / Chronogram of Inexistent Time
    (Malena Szlam, 35mm to HD, color, silent, 6min., 2008)
  9. Western Sunburn
    (Karl Lemieux, 16mm to DV, b&w and color, sound, 10min., 2007)
  10. Lola
    (Mike Rollo, 16mm to DV, b&w, sound, 2:45min., 2008)
  11. Bajo tu lámina de agujero profundo / Beneath Your Skin of Deep Hollow
    (Malena Szlam, super-8, color, silent 18fps, 3min., 2009)


Originally from Japan, Daïchi Saïto is an independent filmmaker based in Montreal.  As a co-founder of the Double Negative Collective a Montreal-based group of film/video/installation/projection performance artists dedicated to the exhibition and production of experimental cinema, Saïto has been actively involved in the local artistic community.  The films of Saïto… READ MORE…

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FRAMPTONIA! – David Gatten on THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE from Ekrem Serdar on Vimeo.

Remember FRAMPTONIA? Here is filmmaker David Gatten introducing his film series THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE, along with a post-screening Q and A! Introducing Gatten is fellow filmmaker Scott J. Puccio.

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“Count as One,” by A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz

Count as One” is a chapbook of fifteen interactive poems. They were written in Python by MFA candidate A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, and translated to Flash with DMS major Lucas C. Miller. The chapbook appears in the Fall 2009 issue of New River: A Journal of Digital Writing and Art.

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all fall down still

January 29th, 2010
7 o’clock
Rustbelt Books (202 Allen Street)

Join us for an evening of back to back Canadian delights!

We will be welcoming Prof. Michael Zryd and filmmaker Phillip Hoffman for a cinematic extravaganza at Buffalo’s love-home Rustbelt Books. Prof. Zryd has curated a special program just for Rustbelt’s cozy little space, and Phillip Hoffman will be showing his latest work, All Fall Down. This will be two screenings in one evening, and Prof. Zryd will be leading a discussion with Hoffman after the films. The line-up for the evening is as follows:

Primiti Too Taa by Ed Akerman and Colin Morton

Rat Life and Diet in North America by Joyce Wieland

Maltese Cross Movement by Keewatin Dewdney

So Is This by Michael Snow

All Fall Down by Phillip Hoffman

and more to be announced!


A filmmaker of memory and association, Professor Hoffman creates “personal” yet highly universal works which weave and question fact and fiction in an experimental “diarist” cinema. A filmmaker with an extensive list of productions, his short films have won many awards, including three in 2002, A Golden Gate Award, New Visions, from the San Francisco International Film Festival, as well as the Gus Van Sant Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, both for What these ashes wanted (2001). Professor Hoffman has given seminars and production workshops continuously and presented screenings of his films on five continents, including retrospectives at international festivals in India, Holland and Australia, at Cinematheque Canada in Ottawa, and at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In 2001, Hoffman’s films were featured at the Images Festival for Independent Film and Video in Toronto, where a new book about his films was launched: Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman contains over 25 essays/writings by academics and artists. See for more!

Professor Zryd is an Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies. He researches experimental and documentary film and other forms of alternative media in North America. His major research projects include a conceptual reconstruction of Hollis Frampton’s never-completed Magellan project (1972-1980); an institutional study of the relationship between experimental film and the academy in Canada and the United States (1960s-present); and a critical examination of irony in documentary and experimental film He has curated or co-curated Hollis Frampton Magellan retrospectives in Toronto, New York, Karlsruhe, and London. He was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Images Festival in 2004-05, and President of the Film Studies Association of Canada in 2005-06. He is currently Archivist of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SMCS) and a member of the SCMS Board of Directors. He is the current co-chair of the Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group of SCMS and was co-founder of the Toronto Film Seminar. Zryd teaches courses on experimental film and media, documentary film, American cinema, film analysis and history, methodology, and film theory and aesthetics. He has previously taught at the University of Western Ontario, and as a visiting instructor at Oberlin College, Bard College, SUNY Binghamton, CUNY Brooklyn College, New York University, and the University of Toronto.

Canadian Curiosities is being sponsored by the Canadian-American Studies Committee Programming Grant and the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo.

Any inquiries can be sent to Ekrem Serdar at gmail dot com.

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“Graham Will Fall and Hit His Head,” by A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz

Graham Will Fall and Hit His Head,” a short story by MFA candidate A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, appears in the new online issue of Hobart: Another Literary Journal.

Photo by Ryan Molloy

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Andrew Deselm returns for Psycho lecture

Fixing Hitchcock

Andrew Deselm, MAH 2008, will be giving his lecture “Fixing Hitchcock” as part of Stefani Bardin’s Alfred Hitchcock class this coming Wednesday, November 18th at 5PM. We will be screening Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho and having a discussion surrounding the stylistic approaches of each director and how remakes of Hitchcock help to illuminate his directorial style. This event is open to everyone and will take place in CFA 112.

Mr. Deselm is currently an adjunct professor at Indiana University-South Bend in the English department. He has given lectures on Psycho at Notre Dame and Indiana Tech.

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DMS Conference Fundraiser – Night of the Living Dead

night of the livind dead

The DMS Grad Conference Committee will be presenting a screening of the zombie classic Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968) with LIVE comedians doing commentary. This MST3K inspired event will be held at Squeaky Wheel this Wednesday, October 28th. Doors are at 8PM and admission is a $5 donation. All proceeds go to the DMS “Building Better Worlds” grad conference fund. For more information on the event please visit our facebook event page.

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John Fink’s Mary May’s Suicide Letter to screen @ Big Apple Film Festival

First year MFA candidate John J. Fink’s short narrative film Mary May’s Suicide Letter has been selected to screen opening night at this year’s Big Apple Film Festival. The film tells the story of Mary, a women haunted by a personal tragedy that tears her marrage to a successful banker apart.

May May's Suicide Letter poster

The film will screen on Tuesday November 3, 2009 at 6:30PM at Tribeca Cinemas – Theater #2, and will play before the opening night feature Against The Current staring Joseph Fiennes, Mary Tyler Moore and Michelle Trachtenberg. Tickets for the program are $20.00 and can be purchased in advance at

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