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EDUCATION:

  • University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.
    MFA Film & Video Production 2005. Department of Media Study.
    MAH Film & Video Production 1998. Department of Media Study.
    Thesis Title: Using the Real as a Poetic Element in Cinema: A free form
    writing experiment based on the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Pratt Institute, New York, NY
    BFA Fine Arts: Painting 1989
    Deans List 1987, 1988, 1989

TEACHING:

  • University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism
    Film program.  Assistant Professor in Film Production. Fall 2015 to Present.
    Undergraduate Courses:
    Intro To Film Studies (FLM 170)
    Basic Cinematography (FLM 371)
    Advanced Cinematography (FLM 471)
    Advanced Editing (FLM 485)
    Documentary Production (FLM 47)
  • Fredonia State University, SUNY, Visual Arts and New Media Department.
    Adjunct Faculty Spring 2015
    Undergraduate Courses:
    Experimental Video I & II
    Special Effects
  • Fredonia State University, SUNY, Department of Communication.
    Adjunct Faculty 2012-2014
    Undergraduate Courses:
    Capstone Documentary Production I & II (COMM 452 / COMM 462)
    Post Production (COMM 366)
    Video Field Production (COMM 354)
  • University at Buffalo, SUNY, Department of Media Study.
    Instructor (Teaching Assistantship) 1996-1999
    Basic 16mm Film Production (DMS 101)
    Adjunct Faculty 1999-2006 / 2014
    Undergraduate Courses:
    Intermediate Film Production (DMS 301)
    Advanced Film Production (DMS 401)
    Film History I (DMS 107)
    Film Analysis II (DMS 306)
    Non-Fiction Production Workshop (DMS 403)
    Graduate Courses:
    Advanced Film Production (DMS 501)
    Non-Fiction Production Workshop (DMS 510)
  • Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources 1998-2013
    Instructor, Video Production Workshops, Film Production Workshop,
    Experimental Filmmaking Workshop, Youth Video Camp

PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES:

  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
    The Stone and the Moon (Santiago, Chile) 2014 Feature Narrative (In Pre-Production)
    Directors: Ricardo Navarrete, Vincenzo Mistretta
    Against Impossible Odds (Buffalo, NY; Toronto, ON) Documentary Feature (in post-production)
    Director: Penelope Prentice
    Attica: The Bars That Bind Us (BUFFALO, NY) Documentary Feature (in post-production)
    Director: Teresa Miller.
    Little Green Men (West Virginia) Documentary Feature (in post-production)
    Directors: Sarah Kohlberg, Maura McLaughlin.
    Fluxus (New York City/Italy), 2012-2013. Documentary Feature
    Director: Irene di Maggio, Mudima Foundation, Milan Italy.
    Il Passato è il Mio Bastone (Rome, Italy) 2008 Kiwido DVD Extra.
    Directors: Flavia Mastrella, Antonio Rezza.
    Kriminal (Rome, Italy) 2007 Music Video.
    Director: Giuliano Lombardo.
    Independent Lens, July ’64 (Rochester, NY) 2006, 14 Feb. (Season 7, Episode 15) PBS, Documentary.
    Director: Carvin Eison.
    Made Over In America (USA/Canada) 2006, Feature Documentary
    Directors: Bernadette Wegenstein & Geoffrey Alan Rhodes.
    Like a House on Fire (Buffalo, NY) 2006, 16mm Experimental Narrative.
    Director: Steven Eastwood.
    Clair II (Buffalo, NY) 2005, Narrative Short 16mm Film.
    Director: Brian Milbrand.
    Breathe (Buffalo, NY) 2005, multi-media performance, Hand Made 16mm Film.
    by Siew-wai Kok.
    The Illness of it all (Buffalo, NY) 2004, Feature Narrative.
    Director: Amos Poe.
    Tesseract (Buffalo, NY), 2004. Award Winning Featurette (Best Cinematography)
    Director: Alan Rhodes
    Godot Downtown (Buffalo, NY) 2003, 16mm Experimental Narrative.
    Director: Beatriz Flores
  • EDITOR
    Remains to be Seen (Buffalo, NY) 2014, Short Documentary. Director: Sarah Elder
    The Key (Buffalo, NY) 2010, Short Narrative.
    Director: Tosca Miserendino
    Dal Basso dei Cieli (Rome, Italy) 2008, Feature Documentary.
    Director: Marilena Moretti.
    Disciple (Rome, Italy) 2007, Feature Narrative.
    Director: Alex Ferlazzo.
    All About Ability (Rochester, NY) 1999, Short Documentary.
    By Word Image Sound Productions.
  • SOUND ENGINEER
    Buried Lands (Bosnia Herzogovina) 2009, Feature Narrative
    Producers: Steven Eastwood and Geoffrey Alan Rhodes.
    Platform (Buffalo, NY) 1999, Short Narrative
    Director: Elizabeth Finnegan
  • MEDIA PRODUCER 1999-2006
    The Ricecooker Productions, Inc. (Owner) Film and Video Production Post-Production. Buffalo, New York. – Produced Television commercials
    and independent productions.
  • INDEPENDENT VISUAL ARTIST 1990-Present
    I exhibit Internationally original artwork and I have pieces in private collections, galleries, and public spaces.

CURATORORIAL/PROGRAMMING ACTIVITIES

  • Film Screening Programmer, Gender Across Borders: Arts, Action, Activism Symposium, Screening : Obsidian Frames.(April 12-13, 201)
    Film Screening Programmer, Open Video Projects, a video archive based in Rome, Italy that facilitates video art/film screenings throughout the city of Rome and abroad. (2006-present)
    Art Gallery Curator, Acefalo Art Gallery, Palermo, Italy (1992-1993)

SCREENINGS / FESTIVALS / EXHIBITIONS

  • 2014
    Mise-En-Scene: In Matter and Mind / multi-media art exhibition at Hi-Temp Fabrication, Buffalo, NY.
    Buffalo Niagara Film Festival / Buffalo, NY
    Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center / film screening, Buffalo, NY.
  • 2013
    The Front Yard / permanent installation at the Burchfield Penny curated by B. Milbrand, Buffalo, NY
    Giovedi Sperimentale / curated by Piero Pala at Cinema Filmstudio, Rome, Italy
    Cape Town and Winelands International Film Festival / South Africa
    Housecore Horror Film Festival / Austin, TX, US.
    The Philip K. Dick Innternatioanl Film Festival Europe/ Lille, France
    St. Tropez International Film Festival / France
    Madrid International Film Festival / Spain (Best Musical Score)
    World Music & Independent Film Festival / Washington (DC) (Best Screeenplay)
    The Independent Days 13|Filmfest / Karlsruhe, Germany.
    Winter Film Awards / New York City (NY), USA
    Hot Media International Film Festival / Washington (DC), (Best Cinematography)
    Jaipur International Film Festival / India
    Macon Film Festival / Georgia, USA
    Long Island Film Festival / New York, USA
  • 2012
    The Indie Fest / California, USA (won: Award of Excellence)
    Los Angeles Movie Awards / California, USA (Honorable Mention)
    The Mexico International Film Festival /Mexico (Bronze Palm Award)
    The Accolade Awards / California, USA (Award of Excellence)
    The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival / Philadelphia (PA), USA
    Downtown Film Festival / California, USA (Best Editing)
    AOF International Film Festival / California, USA
    Trani Film Festival / Italy
    Independent Film Quarterly Film Festival / California, USA
    Vegas Cine Fest / Nevada, USA (Honorable Mention)
    XXIV Fano International Film Festival / Italy
    FESANCOR 20th International Short Film Festival of Santiago / Chile
    Crown Heights Film Festival / New York City (NY), USA
    Oaxaca Film Fest / Mexico
    Flipside TV Film Festival / California, USA
    Festival Alternative Film / Video 2012, Belgrade, Serbia
    The Philip K. Dick International Film Festival / New York City (NY)
  • 2011
    Channels: Stories from the Niagara Frontier / Burchfiled Penny Arts Center, Buffalo. NY.
    Structural Filmmaking, Video and New Media in Buffalo / Albright Knox Art Gallery,
    Video Sound Dance Magic: Intermedia Performance / Burchfiled Penny Arts Center,
    Buffalo, NY. Multi-media Performance with Brian Milbrand and Steina Vesuka
  • 2008
    O’curt Short Film Festival, PAN Palazzo del Arte di Napoli, Italy.
  • 2007
    Netwerk / Center for Contemporary Art , Brussels, Belgium.
    Mudima Fondazione per l’Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy.
  • 2006
    Blueroom, Open Video Project, Rome, Italy.
    Gender Across Borders II: Research Subjects Conference, Univ. at Buffalo.
    Free Speech Television, USA – Documentary.
  • 2005
    O’Curt Film Festival, Naples, Italy.
    Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo Media Resources, Buffalo, NY.
  • 2004
    XIII International Oral History Conference, Rome, Italy
    Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY.
    Athens Internat’l Film & Video Festival, Baker Center, Athens, OH.
    Video Mundi Video Bus Trip Chicago to Milwaukee. “The War Show”.
    Networks, Art & Collaboration Conference, University at Buffalo.
    US Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival, Rutgers, NJ.“The War Show”.
  • 2002
    Lackawanna Public Library, Lackawanna, NY.
    University of Naples, Naples, Italy.
  • 2001
    Buffalo Public Library, Buffalo, NY.
    Buffalo Historical Society, Buffalo, NY.
    Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY.
    Lockport Community Television, Lockport, NY.
  • 1999
    The New York International Independent Video and Film Festival, NYC.
  • 1998
    HallWalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY.

AWARDS, GRANTS & INVITED PRESENTATIONS:

  • Guest Artist, D’Youville College, November 5, 2013, Buffalo, NY.
  • Lighting Workshop, Buffalo State College, October 23, 2013.
  • Best Cinematography for Dissent at the Hot Media International Film Festival, 2013, Washington DC.
  • Best Screenplay for Dissent at the Hot Media International Film Festival, 2013,
    Washington DC.
  • Channels – Stories from the Niagara Frontier Production Grant, Squeaky
    Wheel/National Endowment for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, 2010.
  • Fulbright Fellowship for filmmaking to Italy, 2006-2007.
  • Miquel Vinciguerra Filmmaking Grant, Italy, 2006
  • Tonawanda Arts Council Grant, 2006, Tonawanda, NY.
  • Best Cinematography for Tesseract by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes at Jetro Filmu
    International Film Festival, 2005, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Certificate of Recognition Teaching Award, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2005
  • Best Documentary at the US Super8 Film and Digital Video Festival, Rutgers, NJ. For
    Women In Black, Buffalo (2003), Part of “The War Show” by Termite TV. 02-2004 .
  • Arts Council, Buffalo and Erie County, 2004, Erie County, NY.
  • Niagara Arts Council, 2003 & 2001, Niagara County, NY.
  • Experimental Television Center Finishing Grant, 2001, Ithaca, NY.
  • Pan Am 2001, Woman’s Pavilion Project Fund, 2001, Buffalo, NY.
  • Visual Studies Workshop Regrant, 1997, Rochester, NY.
  • Media Study Dept. SUNY at Buffalo, Teaching Fellowship, 1996-1997.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • “Documenting Women In Black” in Historia, Antropología y Fuentes Orales (2005). 3rd
    Época, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. pg. 151.

CONFERENCES/PRESENTATIONS:

  • THAT Camp: Buffalo 2015: Emerging Possibilities in Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy.  October 2015. Presented workshop titled “Micro-documentary Projects for the Humanities Classroom”
  • Gender Across Borders II: Research Subjects 2006, SUNY at Buffalo, (Buffalo, NY) April 22, 2006. Curated screening “Obsidian Frames”.
  • Mid Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association 15th Annual Conference,(Buffalo, NY) Nov. 6, 2004. Title of panel: “Music & Culture, The Beat Goes On” – Presented paper and screened documentary video: Buffalo and All That Jazz.
  • XIII International Oral History Conference, Memory and Globalization.
    (Rome, Italy) June 2004. Title of panel: “Re-conjuring the muse: memory through the
    machine”. Presented original paper: “Documenting Women In Black”. Screened Documentary video: Women In Black, Buffalo, NY.
  • The Rutgers University Italian Film Conference (Newark, NJ) Oct. 1996 . “Focusing the Kaleidoscope of Italian Film: Literary, Social, and Cultural Perspectives”. Title of panel: “A Question of Language”. Presented original paper titled: “Corporeal Language in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema”.

PRESS:

  • Ninno Marchesano, “O’Curt: cento film a Grenoble e al Pan”, La Rebublica, Feb. 6, 2008.
  • Vogel, Charity, “Protest, Women In Black: In an hour, a silent witness for Peace”, Buffalo News, July 20, 2003.
  • Oddo, Laura, “Arte di Confine a Bagheria con Castiglione e Mistretta”, L’ORA, April 9, 1992.
  • Valenza, Emilia, “Cenere al Servizio dell’Arte”, Giornale di Sicilia, April 27, 1991.
  • Oddo, Laura, “Misteri Antichi per due Giovani Artisti”, L’ORA, April 27, 1991.

COLLECTIONS – PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE:

  • Gallerie Moretti & Moretti, France. Gallery collection.
  • The Town of Aspra (PA), Italy. Community mural project.
  • Galleria Acefalo, Bagheria (PA), Italy. Paintings and Sculptures.
  • Galleria Atelier Piero Montana. Palermo, Italy. Paintings.
  • French Cultural Center, Palermo, Italy. Paintings.
  • Private Collections in Italy and the United States
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