Making Movies Contemporary Film & Video Series in Central New York

Making Movies Contemporary Film & Video Series

This series showcases filmmakers and media artists from all over New York State. The screenings are held at Auburn Public Theater Cinema, 108 Exchange Street; suggested admission is $5.

Video artist, teacher and project coordinator Terry Cuddy shared, “This will be ‘Making Movies’ ninth year! I started the series in 2004 with Stephanie Schuster from the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center (SMAC), with the goal of bringing world class media artists to Auburn. These artists show their work, and then discuss their creative process. Our intent was to inspire people to make their own videos. Sometimes the artists also present to my class at BOCES and share their work with my students.”

Schweinfurth Program Director Allison Mitura shared more about the collaboration with Cuddy and the program’s funders. “Terry is an amazing partner. His knowledge of the field is broad and current and he chooses a range of interesting artists to introduce to the Auburn community. ‘Making Movies’ is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media and Film grants as well as The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes Presentation Funds. Finally, Making Movies is also funded by the Everett Charitable Trust. I am excited about the expansion of the series this year with the addition of the residency at BOCES. Students will be Making Movies right here in Auburn.”


Steven Cerio • May 3 • 7:30PM

Steven Cerio is an artist, musician, writer and composer. He has some published works of his own and has done a large body of work for magazines and the San Francisco rock group, “The Residents.” Cerio was raised in Liverpool, NY and attended Syracuse University, where he received a BFA in 1987. He lived in Manhattan for several years and did a short stint as the drummer for Railroad Jerk. He now lives in Central New York where he continues to illustrate for magazines, books, and other media. He is premiering his first film entitled, “The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow,” that features Kristen Hersh of the “Throwing Muses” as narrator.

Screening: The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow (2012)


Stephanie Gray • May 10 • 7:30PM

Stephanie Gray is a NYC-based experimental filmmaker and poet who has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film, New York State Council on the Arts Distribution Grant, and an Experimental Television Center Finishing Fund Grant. Her work has been featured in one-woman screenings/readings at the Poetry Project, the MIX NYC Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Fest at Collective Unconscious, Millennium Film Workshop, and Massachusetts College of Art. Her films have been shown among others at the Ann Arbor Film Fest, CinemaTexas, Nashville Film Fest, Oberhausen (Germany), Viennale (Austria), Antimatter (Canada), and Chicago Underground Film Festival. Her first poetry collection, “Heart Stoner” Bingo (Straw Gate Books) was published in December 2007.

Screening: You know they want to disappear Hell’s Kitchen as Clinton (2010), along with a selection of Super 8 films (1999-2011)


Peer Bode • May 17 • 7:30PM

Peer Bode is a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist with media works in museum collections worldwide. He is also an active educator and studio advocate and facilitator of independent electronic media. He is associated with the renowned Alfred and Owego schools of new media imaging. He is a Professor of Video Arts at the School of Art and Design and Co-Founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA) at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. His work is produced at the IEA, Alfred NY; the Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY; and Pep Studios, Hornell and Rochester, NY.

Screening: Going Private Public (2011), That Thinking Feeling (2009), World People (2002), Transport 1, 2, 3 (2001)


Dorothea Lasky & Thom Donovan

Poetry Reading @ Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center • May 23 • 7PM
Video Screening @ Auburn Public Theater • May 25 • 7:30PM

Dorothea Lasky is an American poet whose books Awe and Black Life have received critical acclaim. Lasky earned her BA in Classics and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s MFA Program for Poets & Writers, and her Ed.M. in Arts & Education from Harvard University.

Thom Donovan lives in New York City where he edits Wild Horses of Fire weblog ( and coedits ON Contemporary Practice with Michael Cross and Kyle Schlesinger. He is a participant in the Nonsite Collective and a curator for the SEGUE reading series (NYC). He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University at Buffalo and teaches at Bard College, Baruch College, and School of Visual Arts. For an overview of his current projects and links to his poetry and criticism see Wild Horses of Fire.

Screening: Lasky & Donovan will screen a collaborative video project produced with Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES students that combines media literacy and poetry.

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