|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.
|THE CULTIVATORS #018|
Curator, Beyond Boundaries Film & Discussion Series
Assistant Professor, Media Production, Buffalo State College
|QUESTIONS & ANSWERS|
I have always loved watching movies but really got hooked when I discovered independent film. I grew up in Cincinnati, OH and for a period in the 70s we had a little independent theater called The Movies. My siblings had all left home so my parents took me along with them to see independent films and I just couldn’t get enough of them!
Watching Thelma & Louise in a theater in Northampton, MA with an all-woman audience.
I moved here to do my MFA at UB and then ended up staying to do a PhD in American Studies.
I’d like to see more cross-cultural and cross-community conversations, cultural collaborations, and activism. This city is so stubbornly segregated! I’d love to see more of us getting outside our comfort zones and really talking to and working with one another to make this city more just a place for all who live here.
Uh-oh—this is a hard one! For Film Studies these are the ones that come right to mind:
Not Hollywood: Independent Film at the Twilight of the American Dream by Sherry B. Ortner
|TOP TEN FILMS|
Choosing just ten was really hard! These are the first eleven that came to mind but this list is missing lots of my favorite filmmakers! (In alphabetical order.)
Brazil , directed by Terry Gilliam
Frozen River , directed by Courtney Hunt
The Gleaners & I , directed by Agnès Varda
Granito , directed by Pamela Yates
Man with a Movie Camera , directed by Dziga Vertov
Moonlight , directed by Barry Jenkins
Orlando , directed by Sally Potter
Pariah , directed by Dee Rees
Silverlake Life: The View from Here , directed by Peter Friedman & Tom Joslin
Smoke Signals , directed by Chris Eyre
Tongues Untied , directed by Marlon Riggs
Photo of Ruth Goldman supplied by the subject.
Film stills from left to right, top to bottom are Thelma & Louise.