Film and Video

Students setting up a film shoot

Based in the Center for the Arts in UB’s North Campus, the Film Production Program in the Department of Media Study is taught by established filmmakers, media artists and scholars whose work and research areas span narrative, documentary, experimental and hybrid cinema forms. 

The program promotes creative and inventive approaches to filmmaking allowing students to examine a wide range of screen-based practices. With an understanding of cinematic traditions, students explore new ways to express their vision and engage various forms of the moving image including film and digital media. The program offers courses in professional filmmaking skills while preparing students to challenge the borders of conventional storytelling and media.

Faculty

Sara Elder

247A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0935

selder@buffalo.edu

Director of Graduate Studies
Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Areas: Documentary film production and studies; ethnographic media; ethnography; visual anthropology; emerging interactive documentary; nonfiction ethics; collaborative and participatory media practices; Alaska Native communities; Indigenous heritage and sovereignty with a focus on the practices and ethics of filming across cultural and social boundaries

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247A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0935

selder@buffalo.edu

Laura Kraning

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0931

lkraning@buffalo.edu

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Areas: Cinematic landscape and the technological sublime; Observational Documentary; Audio Field Recording; Collage; Montage; the Archive

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231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0931

lkraning@buffalo.edu

Paige Sarlin

Phone: (716) 645-0927

paigesar@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Areas: Documentary Theory and Practice; Media and Activism; Intersectional Politics and Aesthetics; History of the Interview; Labor

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Sama Waham

252 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0954

samawaha@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Areas: Hybrid cinema; new narratives; alternative fiction & non-fiction; personal essay film and inventive approaches to storytelling

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252 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0954

samawaha@buffalo.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Mike Bouquard
Michael Bouquard

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0929

bouquard@buffalo.edu

Media Technician
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0929

bouquard@buffalo.edu

Carl Lee
Carl Lee

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-6902

cl62@buffalo.edu

Director of Equipment and Facilities
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-6902

cl62@buffalo.edu