Media Arts Program

Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm


Hallwalls & Buffalo State College Department of Communication Studies present

Louis Massiah

We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media

6:30 p.m.
We Tell: Turf
Co-Sponsored by PUSH Buffalo.

8:30 p.m.
We Tell: Wage of Work
Co-sponsored by WNY Area Labor Federation.

Introduced and community discussion led by Louis Massiah, co-curator of We Tell.

We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media, a national traveling exhibition organized by Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, is a thematic collection of short documentaries produced by community media entities from across the US. The series had its Buffalo and New York State premieres on October 23, 2019 at Squeaky Wheel with the program entitled Environments of Race and Place, presented by Patricia R. Zimmermann. We are showing two more programs at Hallwalls this evening: Turf (6:30 p.m.) and Wages of Work (8:30 p.m.), presented by Louis Massiah.

We Tell chronicles the hidden histories of place-based documentaries that arise from specific locales, communities, and needs for social and political change. Participatory community media is a unique form of documentary practice produced in collaboration with communities and subjects. As a production strategy, these works focus on the micro rather than the macro. They view local, national, and international issues through the lens of people who experience them. Instead of the long-form theatrical feature, participatory community media often utilizes short-form documentary circulating across communities and politics.

Rather than one filmmaker fulfilling a single vision, communities, makers, and subjects share authorship ... continue reading >>


Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

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Redoubt - directed by Matthew Barney

Tickets available online now.

(2019, 134 minutes)

"The most beautiful film Barney has made"
— Sebastien Smee, Washington Post

"Conjures a magisterial world similarly balanced between the natural and the supernatural."
— Jeffrey Kastner, 4Columns

"A visual equivalent of a tone poem. Has a graceful fluidity, enhanced by an aurally mesmerizing score by Jonathan Bepler, Barney's long-time collaborator…recalls the laconic, enigmatic dreaminess of Terrence Malick."
— Clayton Press, Forbes

"Barney paints a cinematic picture of the American West, trading his familiar baroque visuals for the straightforward sublimity of the landscape and the ineffable strangeness of its inhabitants."
— Catherine Taft, Artforum

Redoubt loosely adapts the classical myth of Diana, goddess of the hunt and of nature, and Actaeon, a hunter who trespasses on her privacy and is punished. Both protector of the natural world and a predator within it, ​Redoubt's​ Diana (Anette Wachter) is a present-day sharpshooter hunting game in the Idaho wilderness.

Accompanied by her attendants, the Calling Virgin (Eleanor Bauer) and the Tracking Virgin (Laura Stokes), Diana traverses the mountain terrain in pursuit of the elusive wolf. An Engraver (Matthew Barney) happens upon the hunting outfit in the forest and begins stalking the trio, furtively documenting their actions in a series of copper engravings. The Engraver and Diana engage in a series of confrontations, as he transgresses with the act of drawing and she responds by turning her gun on his engraved images ... continue reading >>