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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Squeaky Wheel invites submissions for our annual Animation Fest! In its 17th year, and guest curated by Tabia Lewis, the...
07/02/2020
Call for Submissions: Squeaky Wheel’s 17th Animation Fest!

Squeaky Wheel invites submissions for our annual Animation Fest! In its 17th year, and guest curated by Tabia Lewis, the festival showcases artworks made in a diverse variety of animation techniques such as stop-motion, claymation, 3D animation, hand-painted film, special effects, and motion graphics.

A screening fee is awarded to all selected films. Deadline: August 1. Submit your works now!

Deadline: August 1, 2020, 11:59 PM ET Notification Date: August 20, 2020 Squeaky Wheel invites submissions for our annual Animation Fest! In its 17th year, we are proud to continue a festival showc…

Black Love Resists In the Rust
06/19/2020

Black Love Resists In the Rust

Happy Juneteenth, African Descendants!❤️🖤💚

Please join us at a celebratory event at the Freedom Wall at Main and Ferry tonight at 6pm, hosted by Feed Buffalo Founder and PANTHFRICA’s own Drea D'Nur.

And tomorrow, join us for our joyous march starting at MLK Park celebrating the abolition of slavery in the South with all of our people of the African diaspora at 4:30pm. Bring your walking shoes and your best dance moves as we carry our ancestors’ struggle for freedom further into the future. ✨

Tomorrow’s event page here:
https://facebook.com/events/s/liberation-square-juneteenth-j/550145552538646/?ti=icl

This article by Rhizome provides protest guides, tools on how to scrub images to hide people’s identities, archiving too...
06/10/2020
Digital Resources for a Movement Against Police Violence

This article by Rhizome provides protest guides, tools on how to scrub images to hide people’s identities, archiving tools, and more. Read more below.

As an organization, Rhizome supports an uncompromising movement for black lives and against police violence. 

06/09/2020
BYMI 2010, "Unscripted: Lorna C. Hill" by Daniel Henderson

Sending warmth and love to Lorna C Hill and family during this difficult time. Please consider donating to the families GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lifting-lorna-home

Additional funds raised will support Ujima, which Hill founded and has been the Artistic Director since 1978.

We also would like to share the video below made by Daniel Henderson in 2010 honoring the amazing work and impact Hill continues to have on the Buffalo community. #LornaCHillLove

Daniel Henderson's look at Buffalo's amazingly positive force of theatre, Lorna C. Hill Part of Squeaky Wheel's Buffalo Youth Media Institute 2010…

The Black Out Tuesday hashtag, and criticisms thereof, filled our social media feeds yesterday, specifically the critici...
06/03/2020
K-pop stans are flooding right-wing hashtags like #BlueLivesMatter and #MAGA

The Black Out Tuesday hashtag, and criticisms thereof, filled our social media feeds yesterday, specifically the criticism that tagging a black square with a Black Lives Matter hashtag was silencing important information being shared.

Meanwhile, Twitter users were flooding hashtags such as BlueLivesMatter and MAGA by posting k-pop videos, memes, and gifs, to temporarily render them ineffective.

With gestures and information spreading on social media at an unfathomable speed, it is all the more important to realize how these inherently biased algorithms are utilized and subverted. Follow this link below to read an article by James Vincent at The Verge to learn more.

K-pop stans take to the hashtags

We wish everyone protesting in the coming days to keep themselves and others safe. Today, we share this cybersecurity gu...
06/02/2020

We wish everyone protesting in the coming days to keep themselves and others safe. Today, we share this cybersecurity guide for protestors courtesy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, including tips for communicating with others, protecting yourself on social networks, how to protect the data on your phone, and more.

https://ssd.eff.org/en/playlist/activist-or-protester

We feel anger, exhaustion, and fear, reignited by the murder of George Floyd. We must do more to support Black voices. W...
06/01/2020

We feel anger, exhaustion, and fear, reignited by the murder of George Floyd. We must do more to support Black voices. We encourage you to support the many amazing Black-led organizations in our city that work across different geographies and generations such as Back To Basics Outreach Ministries, Black Love Resists In the Rust, Open Buffalo, Prisoners are People Too, and VOICE-Buffalo.

Stay safe, and protect yourselves and one another. If you're out there with your recording devices, we recommend the free resources put together by WITNESS towards effective and ethical documentation of protests and police brutality. Look out for more media resources in the coming days.

Witness: https://library.witness.org/product-tag/protests/

Looking to learn a new skill while at home? Learn how to get your pictures to the next level in our Intro to Photoshop w...
05/28/2020

Looking to learn a new skill while at home? Learn how to get your pictures to the next level in our Intro to Photoshop workshop. You'll learn the basics of color correction and more!

Registered and learn more at https://bit.ly/3c8bTNz

Our first of three virtual Media Art Workshop starts next Monday! Learn how to get started on that podcast you've wanted...
05/21/2020

Our first of three virtual Media Art Workshop starts next Monday! Learn how to get started on that podcast you've wanted to make.

Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/3geAoLY

Reminder! Join our Tech Director at noon for an hour of technical assistance!Available at a different time? Email mark@s...
05/20/2020

Reminder! Join our Tech Director at noon for an hour of technical assistance!

Available at a different time? Email [email protected] to set up an alternative tech session.

We're still here to help you with all of your tech needs!
Our Technical Director, Mark, is available to assist you with new platforms and tools used to make, share, and communicate during this time of social distancing.⁠ Starting tomorrow and every Wednesday from 12-1 pm over Google Hangouts while our offices are closed, Mark will provide the same kind of technical assistance you would get with us in person, virtually!

If you have any questions or would like to set up an alternative time, please email [email protected] or DM us.⁠

Google hangout link: https://bit.ly/weeklytechwednesdays
Join by phone: +1 513-666-7160‬ PIN: ‪873 134 264‬#

Tonight! We are excited to be a sponsor of the DMS LiveStream Student Show 2020 with an award for Best Documentary! The ...
05/13/2020

Tonight! We are excited to be a sponsor of the DMS LiveStream Student Show 2020 with an award for Best Documentary! The event will be live-streamed at 7 pm ET; follow the department’s page and see below more details!

The department of Media Study, UBFilms Internship Program and The DMS LiveStream Student Show 2020 Programming team are excited to reveal this year’s participating projects and AWARD nominees!

Competing for the following accolades:

🥇The Arts Collaboratory Award for Best Graduate Film
🥇The Arts Collaboratory Award for Best Undergraduate Film
🥇The Squeaky Wheel Award for Best Documentary Film
🥇Faculty’s Award of Excellence for Best Undergraduate Film
🥇Faculty’s Award of Excellence for Best Graduate Film
🥇Faculty’s Award of Excellence for Best Script
🥇Audience Choice Award for Exceptional Merit: Undergraduate Film
🥇Audience Choice Award for Exceptional Merit: Graduate Film
🥇UBFilms Mentorship Award: Enrolment in UBFilms Int ern ship Program in academic year 20/21 (course fees covered)

We’ve received a record number of submissions this year (over 100!!) and although it was very difficult to not include many of the projects and submissions- as we had to limit the live-stream program to 2 hours; we are very excited to announce the full lineup of official festival selections & projects for the DMS LIVESTREAM Student Show 2020:

THE NOMINEES ARE: 🥁🥁🥁

📣 Undergraduate Films:

▶️ Winter, by Felipe Vieira, Media Study
▶️ Draw Four, by Roger Torres, Media Study
▶️ Futile? By Jianhui Yu, Media Study
▶️ The Mad Artist, by William Jarrett, Media Study
▶️ For Mom, By Mikaela Greene, Societal Documentary Production
▶️ One Day at a Time, by Felipe Vieira, Media Study
▶️ The View From Halfway Down, by Quentin Jarzynski, Media Study
▶️ Ask a Question, by Brendon Sapolsky, Media Study
▶️ Three Weeks, by Taylor Klein, Media Study
▶️ Just A…, by Samantha Reeb, Media Study
▶️ Oh No, by Aaron Ettestad
▶️ Midnight Girl, by Olayemi Akingboye
▶️ Medium, by Class of DMS 416/516 “16 mm Film”

📣 Graduate Films:

▶️Grieving, by Michael Spears, Media Study
▶️Time to Leave, by Lewuga Benson, Media Study
▶️Language of Leaves, by Matthew Phan, Media Study & Architecture
▶️Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain, by Karis Jones, Art
▶️Ellipses, by Matthew Phan, Media Study & Architecture
▶️The Salubrious Monotony of a Living Dream, by Azalia Muchransyah
▶️Wash/Repeat, by Meg Kirchhoff, Dance
▶️All Dogs Go to Heaven, by Leanne Goldblatt, Art
▶️A Train with No Stops, by Leanne Goldblatt, Art

📣 One Minute Mobile Films:

Featuring the premiere of a mental health awareness campaign by UBFilms Interns:

▶️Taylor Klein
▶️Christine Hanratty
▶️Alexia Hall
▶️Jahanvi Chopra
▶️Brendon Sapolsky
▶️Joel Bonilla
▶️Jordan Brown
▶️May Mei
▶️Bela Harris

🛑 Notes:
The above list is not the order of the screenings.

Link to the Live-Stream, UBFilms website and voting ballots will be shared with all tomorrow via email, as well as posted on all the departments’ social media channels, tune in ahead of time:
DMS's FB page: RIGHT HERE 👆
FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/212393596731340/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mediastudyub/

📣 Scripts:

▶️The Audition, by Azalia Muchransyah, Media Study
▶️Minnesota Linear Park, by Brendan Lynch, Media Study
▶️Hitboys, by Jordan Brown, Media Study
▶️Thanksgiving, by Nate Portony, English/Math
▶️Always With Me, by Dylan Csakany, Media Study
▶️Legends of Daytona, by Sullivan Fitz-James, Media Study
▶️Fifth Street King, by Isaac Brown, Media Study

The Programmers and the department would like to thank and acknowledge our generous award sponsors: The Arts Collaboratory and Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center! 👏👏👏👏

📣 Special Selections Screening Corner:

In addition to the Live-Stream program, award nominees and lineup above, we have an honorable mention corner for submissions that we were beyond impressed by, but couldn’t include in the program due to runtime and time restrictions, so we created a special website to host and feature them in this year’s:

📣 Honorable Mention Screenings: (Screening privately on the UBFilms website for a limited time following the LiveStream Show)

🏆The Olive Tree, by Yuxin Zhao, Media Study, MFA Thesis Film👏👏👏

🏆Find Me, by Rachel Doctor, Media Study, MFA Thesis Film 👏👏👏

🏅Finding Grandpa, Isabella Nurt, Media Study 👏👏👏
🏅Π (Pi), by Chungee Hong, Media Study 👏👏👏
🏅Because of You, Ella Couchman, Media Study 👏👏👏
🏅For No One, by Karis Jones, Art👏👏👏


📣 The DMS Show Programming Team would like to give two media projects a special mention as well:

👏 A Chance for Memory, an installation project by Jameson Reid, Media Study
👏 Healthy Body, Game Deign Project by Junhuan Zhang, Communications & Media Study

📣 The website will also feature two additional projects that we are delighted to host on the UBFilms’ website starting Wednesday evening:

▶️A selection of powerful short films under ‘Quarantine-Stories’
▶️The Final projects of Class ‘Graduate Seminar II'

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center UB Arts Collaboratory UB Department of Art UB Theatre and Dance #UBuffaloStrong University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences #stayconnected #departmentofmediastudy #buffalo #BISO #wny #film #universityatbuffalo #artistssupportingartists #covid19 #breatheinspeakout #films #studentfilms #celebratingcreativity #distantconnections

05/08/2020

It was amazing to see all the folks who made it out to the opening of our first-ever virtual exhibition, SIMULATION, last Friday! The works by students in our Saturday Cafe program were in response to life during COVID-19.

We also want to take a moment to thank everyone who donated to our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign! Your support, especially during this time, will help ensure we can continue these types of experiences.

If you haven't yet and would still like to donate, our campaign is open until the end of the day. You can donate here at bit.ly/SWGivingTuesday or bit.ly/supportsqueaky

SIMULATION is open until May 30, sign up to view it here: bit.ly/simulationexhibition

05/06/2020

Raymarri has been a student of Squeaky Wheel since our founding year of West Side Studios, and he's a Teaching Assistant for Buffalo Youth Media Institute. He has grown from a student to mentor and leader to his peers in our Saturday Cafe program. Your gift can help students like Raymarri find their path.⁠

There's still time to give! Our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign is open until Friday. You can donate here at bit.ly/SWGivingTuesday or bit.ly/supportsqueaky ⁠

#squeakyeducation

NEWS FLASH! Virtual Exhibition: Simulation starts in less than two hours! Catch our first virtual exhibition opening tha...
05/01/2020

NEWS FLASH!

Virtual Exhibition: Simulation starts in less than two hours!

Catch our first virtual exhibition opening that explores the uncertainty of life during COVID-19 by students in our Saturday Cafe program. Get your free or suggested donation ticket here: https://bit.ly/simulationexhibition

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our screening and Q&A with Sindhu Thirumalaisamy last Friday! A reminder that you ...
04/30/2020
Sindhu Thirumalaisamy's The Lake and the Lake

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our screening and Q&A with Sindhu Thirumalaisamy last Friday! A reminder that you can still register to view Thirumalaisamy’s films, and participate in the Google Doc Q&A–the artist is answering questions through this Friday night.

An online screening of two films that visualize beautification and toxicity by award-winning filmmaker Sindhu Thirumalaisamy

This Friday join us for the virtual exhibition opening of SIMULATION! ⁠⁠Created and designed by Saturday Cafe this exhib...
04/29/2020

This Friday join us for the virtual exhibition opening of SIMULATION! ⁠

Created and designed by Saturday Cafe this exhibition explores the feelings of uncertainty, changing perceptions of time, and increased digital interactions since the beginning of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The works reflect on how our students are adapting to virtual learning, collaboration, socializing, and the unfamiliar and surreal nature of their daily lives during this time. Register and learn more here https://bit.ly/simulationexhibition

The exhibition features work by Breanna Roberts, Dominique Scruggs, Fiona Rigney, Jolie Criscione, Matthew Dearmyer, Raymarri Hugh, and Zaire Goodman.⁠

Saturday Cafe is an experimental advanced track youth media education project, that provides students with artistic mentorship, professional development, and customized learning opportunities.⁠

#squeakyeducation

We're still here to help you with all of your tech needs!Our Technical Director, Mark, is available to assist you with n...
04/28/2020

We're still here to help you with all of your tech needs!
Our Technical Director, Mark, is available to assist you with new platforms and tools used to make, share, and communicate during this time of social distancing.⁠ Starting tomorrow and every Wednesday from 12-1 pm over Google Hangouts while our offices are closed, Mark will provide the same kind of technical assistance you would get with us in person, virtually!

If you have any questions or would like to set up an alternative time, please email [email protected] or DM us.⁠

Google hangout link: https://bit.ly/weeklytechwednesdays
Join by phone: +1 513-666-7160‬ PIN: ‪873 134 264‬#

Tonight! Don’t miss the Online Screening | Sindhu Thirumalaisamy’s The Lake and The Lake, followed by a live Google Docs...
04/24/2020

Tonight! Don’t miss the Online Screening | Sindhu Thirumalaisamy’s The Lake and The Lake, followed by a live Google Docs Q&A! The films will be available starting at 7 pm ET; live Q&A at 8:30 pm.

Register here: https://bit.ly/thelakeandthelake

04/23/2020
The Lake and the Lake Trailer

"...beautification drives violent cycles of eviction and privatization. I made the film because neither of the representations or positions toward the lake are satisfying to me. They both obscure the ways in which the lake is a commons—despite and perhaps because of its toxicity." - Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, Public Parking

Tomorrow, come together to view and discuss two short films by Sindhu Thirumalaisamy at Online Screening | Sindhu Thirumalaisamy’s The Lake and The Lake. 7 pm ET, free or suggested donation. Register here: https://bit.ly/thelakeandthelake

"The Lake and The Lake poses a critical challenge to middle- and upper-class narratives of environmental crisis, which o...
04/22/2020
Sindhu Thirumalaisamy's The Lake and the Lake

"The Lake and The Lake poses a critical challenge to middle- and upper-class narratives of environmental crisis, which often fail to recognize that the realities of 'crisis' are, for many, part of everyday life." - Asa Mendelsohn, Momus

This Friday, free or suggested donation: come together online for Online Screening | Sindhu Thirumalaisamy’s The Lake and The Lake, featuring two short films that speak to ideas of beautification and toxicity. Featuring The Lake and the Lake, winner of Best Documentary at the 2020 Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sindhu Thirumalaisamy's films depict the city of Bangalore–including state-sponsored mural projects, residents' dreams for their city, and pollution–in ways that resonate with our own city of Buffalo.

We're excited to host the filmmaker, who will be present virtually for a Q&A through Google Docs after the screening. Click the link to register and for more information.

Co-presented with the The Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo.

Two films that visualize beautification and toxicity by the award-winning filmmaker

Starting live at 12 pm! We are excited to be co-presenting In conversation: Tiara Roxanne and Ella Schoefer-Wulf, the la...
04/20/2020

Starting live at 12 pm! We are excited to be co-presenting In conversation: Tiara Roxanne and Ella Schoefer-Wulf, the last of three events by artist, scholar, and cyberfeminist Tiara Roxanne! Tune in with our friends at Trinity Square Video and Images Festival to view the event!

TODAY 12PM EDT // As part of our co-presentation with Trinity Square Video, join us for In conversation: Tiara Roxanne and Ella Schoefer-Wulf on imagesfestival.com.

In this conversation, Dr. Tiara Roxanne will shed light on her research and artistic praxis regarding artificial intelligence (AI) learning systems and Indigenous Studies through dialogue with her friend Ella Schoefer-Wulf.

The conversation will focus on the existing colonial structures embedded within AI and the notion of data colonialism as a whole. In a gesture to historically complicate the present, data-mining practices will be discussed in tandem with knowledge sharing of Indigenous storytelling from Roxanne’s Tarascan and Mestís heritage and tradition. For Roxanne, this merging of information dissemination allows for constructions of Indigenous futures.

Details here: imagesfestival.com/programs/in-conversation:-tiara-roxanne-and-ella-schoefer-wulf

Photo by Charlotte de Bekker

#IF20 #imagesfestival

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This is such an interesting organization! I love the experimental art style, the services you provide to the Buffalo community, and the innovative ways you have transitioned your gallery online during COVID-19. As you know, advocating for the arts is even more important now that there have been so many event cancelations due to the pandemic. The Ashland Independent Film Festival opens tomorrow, May 22, on Film Festival Flix with Barbara Kopple’s Desert One, and I am personally so excited to see this documentary being a fan of Harlan County USA. Film Festival Flix also has a large number of independent films in its library, making it a great resource for any of your artists who are interested in film as their medium. Let me know if anyone decides to look into this and if anyone attends the Ashland Independent Film Festival!
Back on here to share our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign! And to give thanks to all our supporters over the years. Your contributions as students, artists, teachers, makers, volunteers, funders, colleagues and friends have inspired this call to keep imagining the unimaginable. Please consider partnering with us today and advocate for art, experimentation, and more equitable futures with a donation to Squeaky Wheel.
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.