Clarion University English Department’s Spoken Art Series, Art Department and Clarion Young Democrats will welcome award-winning filmmaker Tony Buba at 7 p.m. April 10 in Hart Chapel. Buba will present an overview of his life in film, followed by a screening of his documentary film, “We Are Alive! The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital,” which he co-directed with Tom Dubensky, and discussion of the work. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Buba, a native of Braddock and president of Braddock Films, has been producing documentaries in both long and short formats since 1972. His films have been screened at Sundance, Toronto, Berlin and other major international film festivals, and have been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Carnegie Museum of Art and more than 100 museums and universities.
His awards include fellowships from the National Education Association and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations, and grants from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts named him artist of the year in 1998. His remarkable films include such landmark documentaries as “Struggles in Steel: A Story of African-American Steel Workers” (1996). In addition to producing personal work, Braddock Films has been involved in producing award-winning documentaries in the Pittsburgh area. Buba also served as the Arts Institute interdisciplinary artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in 1976 and is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his award-winning chronicling of working class citizens of Braddock, Buba has worked on feature films including George Romero's “Martin” and “Dawn of the Dead.”
The film trailer for “We Are Alive!” can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/48079368.
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