Alex Bartosh – Cultivator Profile

Buffalo is full of people helping to cultivate cinema and we want to celebrate those involved.
The Cultivators is a new monthly feature in which we highlight individuals who are integral
to the presentation, promotion and production of film here in the queen city.

Organizer – WNY Movie Expo



What got you interested in movies?

My father was a home movie-maker. My first film for my collection was at age 6 when I received a Laurel & Hardy comedy short to run with our regular home movies. The fever never went away.

What is your favorite movie related memory?

Saturday matinees at our local theaters. Grew up on 1960’s movies as well comedy and cartoon festivals there.

How did you end up in Buffalo?

I moved here in 1991 for several reasons and when the Syracuse Cinephile Society retired their 35-year run of holding the festival, I purchased the equipment and moved it to the Buffalo-Niagara area.

What do you want to see more of in Buffalo?

Parking spaces and shorter red lights!

What are your essential film books?

Books written by William K. Everson, Autobiographies, Filmography reference books, books by film-makers such as Frank Capra, etc.


website-headerCasablanca [1942], directed by Michael Curtiz
website-headerThe General [1927], directed by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton
website-headerPatton [1970], directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
website-headerKing Kong [1933], directed by Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack
website-headerThe Quiet Man [1952], directed by John Ford
website-headerWay Out West [1937], directed by James W. Horne
website-headerRio Bravo [1959], directed by Howard Hawks
website-headerOrfeu Negro [Black Orpheus] [1959], directed by Marcel Camus
website-headerIt’s a Wonderful Life [1946], directed by Frank Capra

It’s very difficult to narrow down a list of ten, but the above are among my favorites with many worthy choices for that ten spot.

Photo of Alex Bartosh supplied by subject.
Images from left to right, top to bottom are Laurel and Hardy,
William K. Everton and Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Capra.

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