Committed Cinema: Tony Buba

2/18/14 to 2/20/14

Tony Buba, called a "national treasure" and "one of the most singular and egregiously overlooked filmmakers in the U.S." by Anthology Film Archives, has been chronicling the decline of his hometown, Braddock, PA, for some forty years. We are thrilled that Buba is coming to the PFA Theater to present his work and join author and professor Rick Ayers in conversation.

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Past Films

  • We Are Alive! The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital

    • Thursday, February 20 7pm

    Tony Buba, Tom Dubesnky (U.S., 2013). Tony Buba in person. When the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) decided to close the Braddock Hospital, the community responded in force; Buba captures the struggle in vivid detail. Winner of the Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism. Preceded by short, Voices From a Steeltown-“personal, warm, yet elegiac” (Jump Cut). (95 mins)

  • Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy

    • Wednesday, February 19 7pm

    Tony Buba (U.S., 1988). Tony Buba and Rick Ayers in conversation. New Print! Buba's first feature film is the tale of a documentary filmmaker hounded by a celebrity-hungry former subject when the filmmaker is offered a Hollywood gig. “For all its structural playfulness, a more honest and incisive film about…late eighties capitalism would be hard to find” (SFIFF). Preceded by shorts Stigmata and the trailer for Thunder Over Braddock. (84 mins)

  • The Braddock Chronicles

    • Tuesday, February 18 7 pm

    (Tony Buba, U.S., 1972–85). Tony Buba and Rick Ayers in conversation. This compilation brings together several of Buba's remarkable shorts, all focused on life in and around his hometown, Braddock, Pennsylvania. “These quietly attentive and politically engaged shorts suggest (Buba) as something like his hometown's Harvey Pekar or Studs Terkel.” (Village Voice). (85 mins)