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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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

As many of you know, NYS Governor Cuomo has ordered all New Yorkers to wear face coverings when social distancing is not...
04/17/2020
#DIYPPE Make. Donate. Volunteer. Request.

As many of you know, NYS Governor Cuomo has ordered all New Yorkers to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.

In case you need one or are interested in helping and delivering PPE equipment to hospitals in need, check the resource out below put together by our 2018 Workspace Resident Emily Martinez!

Stay safe!❤️

A collection of resources for helping with the #PPEShortage during #COVID19. Find: dozens of grassroot and mutual aid groups taking donations and requests for PPE; Patterns and tutorials for masking DIY masks; Guidelines from medical professionals and design justice folks.

Thank you to Tiara Roxanne for her work, and an amazing conversation last evening with Nora Khan, and thank you to every...
04/16/2020

Thank you to Tiara Roxanne for her work, and an amazing conversation last evening with Nora Khan, and thank you to everyone who connected with us live! We received these wonderful images from local friends in Buffalo and friends all the way out in California experiencing the event! They warmed our hearts

Roxanne’s film, the conversation between her and Khan, and the Google Docs Q&A will remain available through next Wednesday, April 22, and you can register anytime! Audiences are welcome to contribute to the Google Doc Q&A at any point. You can register to view them at Online Screening | Tiara Roxanne’s I cannot decolonize my body.

Roxanne will also be participating in two more events this week that we're co-presenting with Trinity Square Video and Images Festival! You can tune into a free live stream at Images Fest to watch Data Colonialism: Decolonial Gestures of Storytelling this Saturday, and In conversation: Tiara Roxanne and Ella Schoefer-Wulf on Monday!

Tonight! Tune in at 7 pm to watch Tiara Roxanne's short film "I cannot decolonize my body" and listen and participate in...
04/15/2020
Tiara Roxanne’s I cannot decolonize my body

Tonight! Tune in at 7 pm to watch Tiara Roxanne's short film "I cannot decolonize my body" and listen and participate in the conversation and Q&A with the artist and Nora Khan right after! We can't wait to be together.

A short film and article by Berlin-based cyberfeminist, scholar and artist, followed by a conversation with writer and curator Nora Khan

"For Indigenous peoples especially, their history which is already skewed and performed or written through a settler-col...
04/14/2020

"For Indigenous peoples especially, their history which is already skewed and performed or written through a settler-colonial perspective, is at risk of complete erasure. As data colonialism is conceived from the system of structural racism, the Indigenous narrative will continue to suffer as privileges of whiteness, and colonialism are thereafter embedded in machine learning systems that enable data colonialism to proceed."

Ahead of tomorrow's event Online Screening | Tiara Roxanne’s I cannot decolonize my body, the artist shared the article "Data Colonialism: Decolonial Gestures of Storytelling" for our audiences that Roxanne and Nora Khan will be discussing.

Download it here: bit.ly/datacolonialism

This Wednesday, for free or suggested donation, we are excited to present an online screening & discussion with Indigeno...
04/13/2020
Tiara Roxanne’s I cannot decolonize my body

This Wednesday, for free or suggested donation, we are excited to present an online screening & discussion with Indigenous cyberfeminist, scholar and artist Tiara Roxanne for an evening where we ground ourselves in our bodies, the land on which we stand, and the technologies we inhabit in the era of mass data collection, and colonization.

Featuring Roxanne’ short film “I cannot decolonize my body”, made as an incantation for recovery and transformation, and an article by Roxanne titled “Data Colonialism”, the live event will feature a discussion between the artist and curator and writer Nora Khan. Audiences are encouraged to download and read Roxanne’s article Data Colonialism ahead of the event. A link to the article can be found on the event page.

Co-presented with Trinity Square Video and Images Festival, and PLASMA at the The Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo.

A short film and article by Berlin-based cyberfeminist, scholar and artist, followed by a conversation with writer and curator Nora Khan

Tomorrow at 7pm, free or suggested donation, we hope you join us for our second virtual event for a series of artist tal...
04/07/2020
Artist Talk & Screening | Caleb Abrams & Saif Alsaegh

Tomorrow at 7pm, free or suggested donation, we hope you join us for our second virtual event for a series of artist talks by our Spring Workspace Residents Caleb Abrams and Saif Alsaegh at Meet the Residents: Caleb Abrams and Saif Alsaegh!

Due to Covid-19, Abrams and Alsaegh's residencies shifted to a shelter-in-place form half-way through their time at Squeaky Wheel; we hope to see you tomorrow online to see their in-progress works investigating migration, displacement, and personal and collective memory and story-telling, and participate in the Q&A following their presentations.

Meet Squeaky Wheel's Spring 2020 Workspace residents from the comfort of your home and view their ongoing projects!

Filmmakers, did you know that you can apply for Federal Coronavirus Relief? Firelight Media, IDA, and ITVS will be hosti...
04/03/2020
Applying for Federal Coronavirus Relief as a Filmmaker

Filmmakers, did you know that you can apply for Federal Coronavirus Relief?

Firelight Media, IDA, and ITVS will be hosting hour-long webinars to help filmmakers learn the basics of applying for the various SBA programs. RSVP at the link below for the next webinar on April 6.

Firelight Media, IDA, and ITVS will be hosting hour-long webinars to help filmmakers learn the basics of applying for the various SBA programs. All webinars will feature presentations by Cornerstone Government Affairs, a bipartisan consulting firm, specializing in federal and state government relati...

ATTENTION: Meet the Residents: Caleb Abrams and Saif Alsaegh is postponed from tonight to next Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p...
04/01/2020

ATTENTION: Meet the Residents: Caleb Abrams and Saif Alsaegh is postponed from tonight to next Wednesday, April 8 at 7 pm (everyone is safe).

We recognize that this is a time of profound stress and difficulty for many of us. We are prioritizing the needs of our artists, and trying to move gently in the face of urgency. We thank you for your patience and ongoing support. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we hope you and your loved ones are safe.

Being stuck at home is hard and can be lonely. We're looking for ways to offer virtual spaces for connection and distrac...
03/27/2020

Being stuck at home is hard and can be lonely. We're looking for ways to offer virtual spaces for connection and distraction from everything going on. How can we support your learning at home during this time? What topics would you like to see covered? Let us know in the comments or fill out our short survey: https://bit.ly/39iCmXa

#squeakyeducation⁠

Tonight, starting at 7pm: Online Screening | Miko Revereza’s No Data Plan. This online screening is co-presented with Ju...
03/25/2020
Screening | Miko Revereza's No Data Plan

Tonight, starting at 7pm: Online Screening | Miko Revereza’s No Data Plan. This online screening is co-presented with Justice For Migrant Families. The film will feature a live introduction by SW curator Ekrem Serdar and JFMF's Anna Porter at 7pm, and followed by a Q&A via Google Docs with Miko Revereza at 8:30 pm.

Join us from the comfort of your own home to watch and discuss this film together. Free or suggested donation. We look forward to seeing you online!

Come together online to see Miko Revereza's acclaimed documentary about migration, precarity, and fugitivsm in the United States.

...for an important announcement!⁠⁠To help keep our communities safe and healthy we’re taking the following actions to r...
03/13/2020

...for an important announcement!⁠

To help keep our communities safe and healthy we’re taking the following actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19: ⁠

Effective immediately, all in-person youth and adult workshops, events, and screenings will be canceled or available virtually on a case-by-case basis, and equipment rentals will continue on a reduced basis. ⁠

These changes will continue until further notice. Please check our website squeaky.org for more information on the status of upcoming workshops, events, screenings, and the equipment rental policy. ⁠

Thank you for your understanding. Please take care, stay safe and healthy! ❤️⁠

Thank you, Arts Services Initiative of WNY for interviewing our Director of Education, Kevin Kline about the importance ...
03/12/2020
Arts Services Initiative of WNY

Thank you, Arts Services Initiative of WNY for interviewing our Director of Education, Kevin Kline about the importance of making arts education more accessible. The interview focuses on our Digital Arts & Technology Access program (DATA) for youth with autism, read it below!

As part of our 2020 resolution to ignite conversations related to accessibility in Western New York, every month we will spotlight a new local leader in the arts whose initiatives are creating important and lasting impacts. For March, we sat down with Kelvin Chazles Klein, education director of Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, to learn about their brand-new program, Digital Arts and Technology Access.

https://www.asiwny.org/2020/03/11/art-means-nothing-if-there-are-barriers-qa-with-squeaky-wheels-kevin-kline/

Performance | Tiara Roxanne’s Red Cont’dApril 15, 2020, 8 pm
03/07/2020

Performance | Tiara Roxanne’s Red Cont’d
April 15, 2020, 8 pm

As a filmmaker, what does it mean to represent a community? This Wednesday, our incoming Spring Workspace Resident Caleb...
03/06/2020

As a filmmaker, what does it mean to represent a community? This Wednesday, our incoming Spring Workspace Resident Caleb Abrams will lead a discussion around ethics and filmmaking practices in the context of his work, including his upcoming short film The Burning of My Coldspring Home. Free and open to the public.

We're so excited to be hosting our incoming residents!

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2TQ4H1w

03/05/2020
Beauty and Nothing by Fiona

What is beauty? Long-time student of Tech Art for Girls, Fiona explores this question in this stop-frame animation.

Tech Art for Girls is a series of workshops for young women ages 10-16 to create and experiment in a fun and encouraging environment.

Sign your little one up to create videos like this in our Stop-Frame Animation workshop beginning March 14. Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/2uNFzQw

Today was the first day of DATA, a program serving youth with autism! Students are exploring audio production as a means...
02/29/2020

Today was the first day of DATA, a program serving youth with autism! Students are exploring audio production as a means of storytelling. We can't wait to hear what they come up with!

Learn more about DATA: http://bit.ly/32eYv6E

Stay tuned for more program updates! #SqueakyEducation

Thank you to everyone who came out to Love & Sex Show: Play with Me! We had a wonderful time signing, listening, laughin...
02/28/2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to Love & Sex Show: Play with Me! We had a wonderful time signing, listening, laughing and being with everyone! A special thank you to all the artists who made the night magical, and to our sponsors SE2 Silent Disco and City Wine Merchant!

All images by Kaitlyn Lowe.

https://www.facebook.com/squeakybuffalo/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10159537069231562

Thank you to everyone who came out to Love & Sex Show: Play with Me! We had a wonderful time signing, listening, laughing and being with everyone! A special thank you to all the artists who made the night magical, and to our sponsors SE2 Silent Disco and City Wine Merchant! All images by Kaitlyn Lowe

February 14, 2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to Love & Sex Show: Play with Me! We had a wonderful time signing, listening, laughin...
02/28/2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to Love & Sex Show: Play with Me! We had a wonderful time signing, listening, laughing and being with everyone! A special thank you to all the artists who made the night magical, and to our sponsors SE2 Silent Disco and City Wine Merchant! All images by Kaitlyn Lowe

February 14, 2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to Love & Sex Show: Play with Me! We had a wonderful time signing, listening, laughing and being with everyone! A special thank you to all the artists who made the night magical, and to our sponsors SE2 Silent Disco and City Wine Merchant! All images by Kaitlyn Lowe

February 14, 2020

Looking to learn about artist opportunities and how to improve your applications and portfolios? Catch Squeaky Curator E...
02/26/2020

Looking to learn about artist opportunities and how to improve your applications and portfolios? Catch Squeaky Curator Ekrem Serdar with Grace Modi, Jalen Law, and Jay Hawkins Sr. tonight at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library during their panel where they will discuss these topics.

Free registration and details below.

Join us TONIGHT at Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library!

You don't want to miss a panel discussion of the best practices for Artist Portfolios featuring Grace Modi, Buffalo New Generations; Ekrem Serdar, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center; Jalen Law and Jay Hawkins Sr., Buffalo's Own. Plus film screenings of work by artist Azalia Muchransyah!

There is still time to register online: http://ow.ly/9Dyt50ypMFo

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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.