Enjoy three locally produced films, Buffalo Juggalos (Scott Cummings, 2014), Emma (Brandon Schlia, 2015), and //Ladybug (Flatsitter, 2015) as part of the 2015 Buffalo Infringement Festival. All filmmakers will be present at the event for a post-screening Q&A. This event is free to the public, $5 suggested donation.
BUFFAO JUGGALOS (2014, 30 Minutes)
An experimental exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, New York. Surreal scenes shot in long and static takes of Juggalos engaged in their favorite activities, first and foremost of which – causing mayhem. Among these seemingly random acts of preening, backyard wrestling, explosions, gratification, violence and destruction, a tentative narrative begins to emerge. BUFFALO JUGGALOS, supported by The Jerome Foundation and sponsored by Fractured Atlas, recently screened at BAMCinemafest, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Chigaco Underground Film Festival.
“You can’t exploit the Juggalos as a sideshow, because they preemptively style themselves as freaks—a point that Buffalo Juggalos, participating in its subjects’ role-play, absolutely gets.” Nick Pinkerton, ARTFORUM
About the Filmmaker: Scott Cummings is a Buffalo-born, New York based filmmaker. In 2014, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2014 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He grew up in a working class Union family in the shadow of the same factory his parents met at. He received his BA in Russian Studies and English from SUNY Buffalo, where he was introduced to Buffalo’s vibrant experimental film/video history. After 18 months living in Tver and Moscow (Russia), he relocated to Tokyo, Japan and spent three years teaching, spending much of his free time playing in post-punk and noise bands. In 2004, he moved to Los Angeles and received his MFA in Film Directing at the California Institute of the Arts. Upon graduating, he professionally wrote scripts for adult film giant Vivid Video, until moving to New York to work for the Criterion Collection. He currently makes a living as a commercial editor. His work has screened at MOMA, BAMcinemaFEST, Visions du Reel, CPH:DOX, Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Centre Georges Pompidou and more. BUFFALO JUGGALOS was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Live Action Short at the 2014 AFI Fest.
//Ladybug (2015, 10 minutes)
A young introvert tunes into the world around her using DIY audio surveillance devices surreptitiously planted inside of plush owls. A sound-driven narrative follows her search for vicarious connectivity. Shot at the Erie County Fair and produced by Flatsitter during a residency at the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, starring first-time screen appearance by Ruby Soudant. This film has recently been shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2015), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (2015), and the Atlanta Film Festival (2015).
Emma Ames (2015, 16 minutes)
Emma falls into an inter-dimensional limbo. This film is directed and produced by Brandon Schlia, founder of local Buffalo DIY label, Steak & Cake Records.