Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center Squeaky Wheel is a grassroots, artist-run non-profit media arts center in Buffalo, NY.
Squeaky Wheel is a grassroots, artist-run non-profit media arts center in Buffalo, NY, founded in 1985 to promote and support film, video, computer, digital and audio art by media artists and community members.
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Thank you to Charlie Best for their wonderful artist talk and screening, and for their installation, We Interrupt this P...
02/21/2020

Thank you to Charlie Best for their wonderful artist talk and screening, and for their installation, We Interrupt this Program! We will miss listening to the sound of your work in our office!

Charlie Best's work was a part of Punctures: Textiles in Digital and Material Time, consisting of three exhibitions and public programs that wove into each other. We Interrupt This Program (2019) creates an invitation for confusion and joy, full of noise, for trans people.

Last year we ran two pilots of our Digital Arts and Technology Access Program for youth with autism. The students learne...
02/20/2020

Last year we ran two pilots of our Digital Arts and Technology Access Program for youth with autism. The students learned to create and animate their own characters with Adobe Character Animator and how to create their own music in Sample & Remix. Thanks to Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism for awarding us a Signature Grant, we're excited to be able to offer more than double the workshops this year! Starting next Saturday, February 28, students will learn about podcasting, animation, and movie production. #FlutieGives #flutiefdn

To learn more about this program and to register, please visit: http://bit.ly/32eYv6E

In our next round of Tech Art for Girls, students will use professional cameras and software to collaborate and make ela...
02/19/2020

In our next round of Tech Art for Girls, students will use professional cameras and software to collaborate and make elaborate animations frame by frame!

Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/2uNFzQw

Today Executive Director, Maiko Tanaka, attended the National Federation for Just Communities Community Leaders Luncheon...
02/13/2020

Today Executive Director, Maiko Tanaka, attended the National Federation for Just Communities Community Leaders Luncheon, where we were awarded 2020 Community Leaders in Media!

Thank you, NFJCWNY, and congratulations to all the other awardees!!

This Valentine’s day brings the return of our annual event celebrating intimacy and sexuality, Love & Sex Show: Sweet No...
02/13/2020

This Valentine’s day brings the return of our annual event celebrating intimacy and sexuality, Love & Sex Show: Sweet Nothings! Listen to headphones filled with ASMR and other tracks by artists Erin Gee and Hope Mora; sing along to karaoke films by Michael Robinson and Wayne Yung, along with films by Caroline Doherty, Dina Georgis and Sharlene Bamboat, Jess Dobikin, Lauren Fournier, and Thirza Cuthand, and enjoy a performance by lyricist and hip hop artists Desiree Kee!

There's still time to register for the last podcast production workshop until fall! Details below.
02/06/2020

There's still time to register for the last podcast production workshop until fall! Details below.

You listen to them, you love them, why not learn to make your own? Join our introductory course on podcast production starting February 11!

Learn more and register here: http://bit.ly/2S3aijV

Punctures began in September with an opening and fashion show by Charlie Best. Nearly four months and several openings, ...
02/05/2020

Punctures began in September with an opening and fashion show by Charlie Best. Nearly four months and several openings, screenings, and workshops later, we are now approaching its close, and we are excited to welcome back Charlie Best, this Friday at 7 pm, for an artist talk about their work We Interrupt this Program. Joining Charlie Best, Jodi Lynn Maracle will share her video work A Song to the Water from a Loving Child, which explores generational relationships to and for lands and waters. The artists will be joined by our curator Ekrem Serdar for a conversation and Q&A following their presentations.

Learn more about the artists and their work here: http://bit.ly/31v5059

In our next Tech Art for Girls workshop, learn the tools to make music videos. Armed with songs by local musician HOP HO...
02/05/2020

In our next Tech Art for Girls workshop, learn the tools to make music videos. Armed with songs by local musician HOP HOP, this workshop will introduce your young creative to the basics of cameras, sound, and video editing!

Learn more and register here: http://bit.ly/2OsrHSa

This is the final week to see our exhibition with Betty Yu and Sabrina Gschwandtner. Don't miss your chance to see and l...
02/03/2020

This is the final week to see our exhibition with Betty Yu and Sabrina Gschwandtner. Don't miss your chance to see and look closely at these two artists whose works come together to investigate labor and migration through textiles and media. The gallery is open 12–5pm, and will be open during the closing event of Punctures at Artist Talks | Punctures: Charlie Best & Jodi Lynn Maracle this Friday.

We are now accepting applications for our Workspace Residency! If you are an artist or researcher seeking resources, tim...
01/31/2020
Workspace Residency

We are now accepting applications for our Workspace Residency! If you are an artist or researcher seeking resources, time, and support for your new or ongoing media arts projects, then this opportunity is for you. The summer residency comes with up to $1550 in support. We can't wait to see your applications!

See more information and the application form below:

Workspace Residency Summer 2020 Session Deadline: February 20, 2020 Notification Date: May 1, 2020 Residency Dates: August 15–September 5, 2020 Support offered: $1250 in stipend & artist fees; …

You listen to them, you love them, why not learn to make your own? Join our introductory course on podcast production st...
01/30/2020

You listen to them, you love them, why not learn to make your own? Join our introductory course on podcast production starting February 11!

Learn more and register here: http://bit.ly/2S3aijV

01/29/2020

Tonight: Eight short films, ranging from 1905 to 2018, come together to form explore massive societal changes, power, and magic through textiles and media.

With films by Alta Kahn, Cydnii Wilde Harris, Eytan Ipeker, Laura Kraning, Lesley Loksi Chan, the Manaki Brothers, Senga Nengudi, and Susie Bennally. Filmmaker Laura Kraning will be present for a conversation and Q&A following the screening.

01/25/2020

Check out some of the things you can do in Buffalo Youth Media Institute(BYMI)!

BYMI is our free, fun, and engaging afterschool program for youth in the City of Buffalo. You'll learn things like video production, animation and more with cutting edege media equipment in a creative and challenging environment.

To sign-up and learn more visit: bit.ly/squeakybymi

How do textiles and media speak to individual, collective, and social histories? Join us next week for  Screening: Punct...
01/24/2020

How do textiles and media speak to individual, collective, and social histories? Join us next week for Screening: Punctures | Threading Histories, a series of films including a found-footage film that utilizes Gone with the Wind to explore the cotton industry and transatlantic slavery in the United States; two films made as part of the project Navajo Film Themselves from 1966 by Alta Kahn and Susie Bennally; and one of the few films shot in the Ladino language by Eytan Ipeker.

Filmmaker Laura Kraning will be present for a conversation and Q&A.
#SWPunctures #LauraKraning

We're excited to announce our Spring 2020 Workspace Residents Caleb Abrams and Saif Alsaegh! This March, we will be host...
01/22/2020

We're excited to announce our Spring 2020 Workspace Residents Caleb Abrams and Saif Alsaegh! This March, we will be hosting the artists for a two week period during which they receive time and resources to develop new and works-in-progress.

Caleb Abrams will be working on The Burning of My Coldspring Home, an adaptation of a short story by Seneca Elder Stephen Gordon regarding the forced dislocation of the Seneca people following the building of the Kinzua dam by the Allegheny River. Saif Alsaegh will be working on his film Departure, titled after a poem by Arthur Rimbaud, which examines the idea of foreignness as it relates to the filmmaker's past as a Baghdad-born filmmaker living in California.

See more information, including public programs the residents will be involved in, at bit.ly/swspring_residents

The Spring 2020 session is presented in collaboration with Just Buffalo Literary Center and sponsored by Hostel Buffalo-Niagara. The Spring 2020 residency was juried by Caitlin Blue, Kalpana Subramanian, and Mark Longolucco

#workspaceresidency #CalebAbrams #SaifAlsaegh

Is learning new skills on your New Year's resolution list? Look no further than our Video Editing workshop. This project...
01/22/2020

Is learning new skills on your New Year's resolution list? Look no further than our Video Editing workshop. This project-based workshop will introduce you to editing in Adobe Premiere and get you cutting like a pro!

More information and register here: http://bit.ly/38uzqa0

Thank you to Betty Yu for her work, to Jasmina Tumbas for the conversation with the artist, and to everyone who joined u...
01/19/2020

Thank you to Betty Yu for her work, to Jasmina Tumbas for the conversation with the artist, and to everyone who joined us at the opening of Punctures: Betty Yu and Sabrina Gschwandtner! An additional thank you to Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) for joining us for Yu's workshop on storytelling and augmented reality the next day!

January 10, 2020, with a conversation and Q&A with Betty Yu and Jasmina Tumbas. Photo credit: Kaitlyn Lowe.

Additional photographs from Betty Yu's Workshop, Threading Roots with Augmented Reality, January 11, 2020. Photo credit: Martina LaVallo

January 10, 2020, with a conversation and Q&A with Betty Yu and Jasmina Tumbas. Photo credit: Kaitlyn Lowe.Additional ph...
01/19/2020

January 10, 2020, with a conversation and Q&A with Betty Yu and Jasmina Tumbas. Photo credit: Kaitlyn Lowe.

Additional photographs from Betty Yu's Workshop, Threading Roots with Augmented Reality, January 11, 2020. Photo credit: Martina LaVallo

January 10, 2020, with a conversation and Q&A with Betty Yu and Jasmina Tumbas. Photo credit: Kaitlyn Lowe.

Additional photographs from Betty Yu's Workshop, Threading Roots with Augmented Reality, January 11, 2020. Photo credit: Martina LaVallo

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2020 session of our Workspace Residency, a project-based residency for ...
01/17/2020
Workspace Residency

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2020 session of our Workspace Residency, a project-based residency for artists and researchers working in media arts. We invite local and non-local applicants who are seeking resources, time, and space (in collaboration with our partners at Buffalo Game Space, The Foundry, and Silo City) to support ongoing projects or the creation of new work. See more information and the application form at the link!

Deadline: February 20, 2020
Notification Date: May 1, 2020
Residency Dates: August 15–September 5, 2020
Support offered: $1250 in stipend & artist fees; accommodations and $300 travel support for non-local residents. The Silo City resident will receive an additional $300 for a public event at the end of their residency.

Workspace Residency Summer 2020 Session Deadline: February 20, 2020 Notification Date: May 1, 2020 Residency Dates: August 15–September 5, 2020 Support offered: $1250 in stipend & artist fees; …

What role do textiles play in how women assert political and social agency? Come to Squeaky Wheel tonight, Wednesday, Ja...
01/15/2020

What role do textiles play in how women assert political and social agency? Come to Squeaky Wheel tonight, Wednesday, Jan 15, at 7pm, for Screening: Punctures | no idle hands and Hearts and Hands exploring this question with work by Sabrina Gschwandtner and Pat Ferrero.

Sabrina Gschwandtner's 2008 short film, no idle hands, depicts women placing textiles within feminist, queer, and collaborative art contexts. Meanwhile, Pat Ferrero's 1988 documentary Hearts and Hands, chronicles the lives and quilt-making practices of ordinary women in the 19th century, as well as individuals such as Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Keckley, Frances Willard and Abigail Scott Duniway throughout the 19th century, made with unprecedented access to quilt collections from both private and public collections. The screening will be preceded by a Skype introduction by Sabrina Gschwandtner, whose work (made with 16mm films by Pat Ferrero) is currently in our gallery.

After the shooting has wrapped, its time to weave together that masterpiece. Let our project focused editing with Adobe ...
01/14/2020

After the shooting has wrapped, its time to weave together that masterpiece. Let our project focused editing with Adobe Premiere workshop give you the confidence to finish that project strong. Join the class today, visit https://buff.ly/2QoNM5C for information and registration.

Still, a few spots left in our first Tech Arts for Girls workshop of 2020. Visit https://buff.ly/2EbMtA2 for information...
01/11/2020

Still, a few spots left in our first Tech Arts for Girls workshop of 2020. Visit https://buff.ly/2EbMtA2 for information and registration.

This Friday visit the STAY GOLD exhibition at Burchfield Penney Art Center and stop in the auditorium to watch Buffalo Y...
01/09/2020

This Friday visit the STAY GOLD exhibition at Burchfield Penney Art Center and stop in the auditorium to watch Buffalo Youth Media Institute 's experimental social documentaries, A Long Long Now, 1988, A Civic Heart, and Violence Buffalo. All films will be on view between 4pm - 10pm as well as many other special programs from amazing performers and artists. Event details can be found here https://buff.ly/37L1ghN

Among the works on view at our opening this Friday at Opening: Punctures | Betty Yu & Sabrina Gschwandtner are Sabrina G...
01/08/2020

Among the works on view at our opening this Friday at Opening: Punctures | Betty Yu & Sabrina Gschwandtner are Sabrina Gschwandtner's luminous Hands at Work (for Pat Ferrero) and Hands at Work (for Pat Ferrero) II, both of which were made with 16mm film prints of films by documentary film Pat Ferrero, installed on lightboxes. Part of the artists Film Quilts, the works reward close inspection with images of quilts and hands at work, encouraging audiences to re-imagine other possibilities for the linear time of films through textiles.

Don't miss the opening of Betty Yu & Sabrina Gschwandtner, this Friday, 6-9pm, and remember, next Wednesday, Sabrina Gschwandtner will be present via Skype to introduce a screening of Gschandtner's no idle hands and Pat Ferrero's essential 1988 documentary Hearts and Hands will take place with a Skype introduction by Gschwandtner on Wednesday, January 15th at Screening: Punctures | no idle hands and Hearts and Hands.

Images: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Hands at Work (for Pat Ferrero) II, 2017. 📸 by Joshua White.

Join visiting artist Betty Yu in our media lab for a special youth workshop that will explore augmented reality (AR) and...
01/08/2020

Join visiting artist Betty Yu in our media lab for a special youth workshop that will explore augmented reality (AR) and encourage the exploration of personal stories and roots in a collective story-telling practice. Space is limited, for information and registration visit https://buff.ly/2FjmeZ5

After the shooting has wrapped, its time to weave together that masterpiece. Let our project focused editing with Adobe ...
01/07/2020

After the shooting has wrapped, its time to weave together that masterpiece. Let our project focused editing with Adobe Premiere workshop give you the confidence to finish that project strong. Join the class today, visit https://buff.ly/2QoNM5C for information and registration.

Join visiting artist Betty Yu in our media lab for a special youth workshop that will explore augmented reality (AR) and...
01/06/2020

Join visiting artist Betty Yu in our media lab for a special youth workshop that will explore augmented reality (AR) and encourage the exploration of personal stories and roots in a collective story-telling practice. Space is limited, for information and registration visit https://buff.ly/2FjmeZ5

Still, time to sign up for our Tech Arts for Girls Found Footage Documentary workshop. Using found footage, students wil...
01/04/2020
FOUND FOOTAGE DOCUMENTARY

Still, time to sign up for our Tech Arts for Girls Found Footage Documentary workshop. Using found footage, students will weave together a short documentary about a subject that impacts their world. For information and registration visit the link below

Instructor: Jamie Hager January 18th–February 8th Saturdays, 10 am–1 pm Cost: $60 | $40 members   In this video editing workshop, students will learn the art of visual storytelling through edi…

Attention NYS Media Artists❗️Grant opportunity below.
01/03/2020

Attention NYS Media Artists❗️
Grant opportunity below.

Calling all New York State Media Artists! The MAAF 2020 deadline is January 15. Mark your calendars and spread the word! https://wavefarm.org/grants/maaf-artists

01/03/2020

Next Friday, January 10: Join us for the first event of the new year at Opening: Punctures | Betty Yu & Sabrina Gschwandtner, from 6–9pm! The final opening of our series on textiles and media art, the event will feature a conversation and Q&A with artist Betty Yuand Jasmina Tumbas at 7:30pm. We can't wait!

There is still time to sign up for our Video Production workshop.  Get introduced to the skills to get you rolling on th...
01/02/2020

There is still time to sign up for our Video Production workshop. Get introduced to the skills to get you rolling on that production. For information and registration visit https://buff.ly/2PJqVzT

Lights, Camera, Action! Get introduced to the skills to get you rolling on that production. For information and registra...
12/29/2019

Lights, Camera, Action! Get introduced to the skills to get you rolling on that production. For information and registration visit https://buff.ly/2PJqVzT

Our first Tech Arts for Girls workshop focuses on the art of editing. Using found footage, students will weave together ...
12/27/2019

Our first Tech Arts for Girls workshop focuses on the art of editing. Using found footage, students will weave together a short documentary about a subject that impacts their world. For information and registration visit https://buff.ly/2EbMtA2

12/23/2019

We will be closed 12/24–1/6. Enjoy the holidays!

Join Buffalo Youth Media Institute in 2020! Join us and our partners at Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology for the a...
12/21/2019

Join Buffalo Youth Media Institute in 2020! Join us and our partners at Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology for the area's most extensive media arts afterschool program. The new session begins on January 7th. For more information visit https://buff.ly/34i1nzo

Start the new year strong by building yourself up with our Media Arts Workshops for Adults. We have a stellar line up to...
12/19/2019

Start the new year strong by building yourself up with our Media Arts Workshops for Adults. We have a stellar line up to jumpstart those projects in 2020. Visit https://buff.ly/36yzsg6 for the full schedule.

Punctures: Eniola Dawodu & Kite closes this Saturday. Come  to Squeaky and look closely at the works of these two artist...
12/18/2019

Punctures: Eniola Dawodu & Kite closes this Saturday. Come to Squeaky and look closely at the works of these two artists which investigate ancestry, time, and truth through textiles and media. Our gallery is open 12–5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Tech Arts for Girls is back in 2020 with marvelous workshops to inspire and engage your young creative. Visit https://bu...
12/17/2019

Tech Arts for Girls is back in 2020 with marvelous workshops to inspire and engage your young creative. Visit https://buff.ly/2lHy6xF to see the full line up.

12/16/2019
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Join Buffalo Youth Media Institute in 2020! Join us and our partners at Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology for the a...
12/15/2019

Join Buffalo Youth Media Institute in 2020! Join us and our partners at Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology for the area's most extensive media arts afterschool program. The new session begins on January 7th. For more information visit https://buff.ly/34i1nzo

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Call for participants in an upcoming screening/performance by Dani & Sheilah ReStack at Visual Studies Workshop:
As many of you know, New York State Senator Robert Ortt (R, 62nd District) has introduced bill #6968 to repeal the New York State Film Production Tax Credit. Senator Fred Akshar (52nd District) is co-sponsoring the bill. Because Ortt has a co-sponsor, the bill is now in Rules Committee. This tax credit is responsible for film & TV production statewide, and is 100% responsible for the film production in WNY over the last few years. Ortt has demonstrated he has no interest in the concerns of those of us who will suffer as a result of his actions. Calling/e-mailing/posting on his Facebook wall was great before he had a co-sponsor, but now that the bill is in committee, there is no way he will withdraw it - he would become a laughing stock. I'm firmly convinced that dealing with him directly is a waste of time, but good luck to anyone who tries. As some of us have been saying from the get-go, this bill is unlikely to pass - make that extremely unlikely. It is simply responsible for too much production, and too many jobs, statewide. But while it is "out there," waiting to die or be killed, it is creating a cloud of uncertainty about its future, and it is making producers nervous about coming here. In other words, its existence is already costing us jobs. It is also making it extremely difficult for NY based producers to raise money for their projects. There is a certain laissez-faire among people in our community who view the bill as an impossible one-off without repercussions. It is important to kill this bill dead, and fast. The bill needs one-to-three State Assemblymen to co-sponsor it for it to move to the floor for a vote. So the quickest solution is for people to let their assemblyman know they should not co-sponsor the bill. There are 150 assemblymen in the state. New York City districts are relatively safe because people in those districts see the benefits of film production to the economy (hotels, restaurants, caterers, and other vendors) in ways that are in addition to allowing crew people and cast to forge a living. This link will take you to a search engine that enables you to identify your assemblyman by entering your address: http://www.elections.ny.gov/district-map/district-map.html#/?address=1824%20kensington%20avenue%20cheektowaga%20ny%2014215%20%2C%20NY%20%2C%20NY&radius=1 Please concentrate on this assemblyman angle before you do anything else. I don't know what the deadline is for Ortt to find assembly co-sponsors, but if he fails this all comes to an end sooner rather than later. If he gets his co-sponsors, then we have to wait for the bill to play out until a vote. It will fail (which Ortt the publicity seekers surely realizes). but in the meantime we could learn films and jobs.