TONY BUBA: THE BARD OF BRADDOCK
June 8-12, 2012- A Filmmaker in Person!
One of the most singular, and egregiously overlooked, filmmakers in the U.S.,Tony Buba is a national treasure, the prime representative of the blue-collar, populist, politically-committed yet outrageously entertaining American filmmaking movement that's largely missing-in-action. A resident of Braddock, PA (located just outside of Pittsburgh), a town that, like many others across the country, fell victim to the decimation of American industry over the past 50 years, experiencing a precipitous and tragic decline into poverty and abandonment, Buba has been making films about Braddock - shorts, features, documentaries, fictional narratives, you name it - since the early seventies. Displaying a passionate commitment to chronicling Braddock's trajectory and inspiring resourcefulness in making the films a reality, his body of work is an unparalleled record of a particular city, and of the plight of urban America in general. Heavy as that may sound, Buba's profoundly good-natured sensibility, his boundless creativity, and his goofy sense of humor set his films far, far apart from most bleeding-heart, liberal filmmaking.
Anthology is overjoyed to host Buba for this long-overdue retrospective, highlighting a body of work that really has not parallel in the U.S.
Special thanks to Tony Buba, and to May Haduong (Academy Film Archive), Richard Rubenstein & Beth Studer (MKR Group), and Clemence Tailandier & Ben Crossley-Mara (Zeitgeist Films).
Please note the Tony Buba retrospective is presented in concert with the series SOMETIMES CITIES, a selection of documentaries focusing on often-neglected American urban centers, June 14-17, 2012.