2020/2021 Special Events
Sunday, 10/17, 3:00 PM Our Ohio – sponsored by WOUB – SPECIAL EVENT
Last fall WOUB was selected to receive an “Our America: Documentary in Dialogue” grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The grant supported community engagement activities around the documentary Portraits and Dreams which included virtual screening events with local high school students and their teachers and allowed students to create their own short films.
WOUB worked with students in english, journalism and multimedia classes at Logan High School, South Gallia High School and Meigs High School. WOUB staff conducted virtual storytelling workshops throughout the school year to help the students identify aspects of their community they wanted to share with the rest of the region, state, and nation. The end-result was 15 short-films that showcase our communities from the perspective of local high school students.
Monday, 10/18, 7:00 PM Tony Buba In-person Special Guest
Tony Buba has been described as one of the most unique voices working in American independent filmmaking today. With humor, compassion, and a complete dedication to the working-class heroes of his hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Buba has created a body of work which documents the rise and fall of a steel town with unblinking accuracy. Buba has made over thirty films exploring working-class issues in and around his hometown since 1974. After working on several feature films with John Rice and Tom Dubensky, Tom and John teamed with Tony Buba and Ray Henderson to produce the award-winning Struggles In Steel in 1996 and they have been collaborating ever since. Buba’s work has been showcased at Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and other film festivals and in one-person shows at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Carnegie Museum of Art and more than 100 museums and universities and aired on PBS, Sundance, Starz and Bravo channels. His awards are many and include fellowships from the NEA, AFI, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations.
Nadia Granados and Amber Bemak are filmmakers and performance artists, and began their collaboration in 2014. Themes of their work center around relations between Latin and North America, queer love and loss in a cross cultural context, and the political ramifications of patriarchal, imperialist power. Their work has been seen at the Tamayo Museum, Oberhausen International Film Festival, Muestra Marrana, and OUTsider festival among other venues. Granados lives and works in Bogotá, and Bemak is based in Dallas.
Thursday, 10/21, 7:30 PM Bill Brown In-Person Special Event
Bill Brown is a media artist interested in ways landscape is interpreted, appropriated, and reconfigured according to human desires, memories, and dreams. His research interests include haunted houses, memorial architecture, and outsider archaeology.
Brown’s films have screened at venues around the world, including the Rotterdam Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and Lincoln Center. A retrospective of his films was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He currently lives in North Carolina where he is an Associate Professor of Media Production at UNC-Chapel Hill. Along with Sabine Gruffat, he the founder of the Cosmic Rays Experimental Film Festival.
Friday, 10/22, 7:30 PM Sabine Gruffat In-Person Special Guest
Sabine Gruffat is a French-American artist who was born in Bangkok, Thailand. After living many years in Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong, She immigrated to the United States. She is an artist who works with experimental video and animation, media-enhanced performance, mixed reality, and immersive installation. In this work, machines, interfaces, and systems constitute the language by which she codes the world. The creation of new ideas means inventing new tools, crossing analog and digital signals, or repurposing old machines to patch into new ones. By actively disrupting both current and outmoded technology, Gruffat questions standardized ways of understanding the world around us.