Published October 1, 2018
Buffalo is coming home.
“See It Through Buffalo,” the School of Architecture and Planning documentary short that has played to hundreds of thousands of visitors in Venice, Italy, since May will premiere in Western New York this week as part of the Buffalo International Film Festival.
The 15-minute documentary produced by First+Main Films in association with the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning debuted at Time Space Existence, an exhibition that runs parallel to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The film reveals the deep and lasting impacts of university-city partnerships, both in advancing Buffalo’s resurgence and in grounding the future of architectural education.
Produced with no dialogue, only a soundtrack, the story unfolds through varied urban landscapes of Buffalo, with glimpses into how UB’s School of Architecture and Planning has engaged the city’s historical and contemporary challenges. The exhibition at Time Space Existence will remain on display through November.
The local premiere of “See It Through Buffalo” is set for 7:15 p.m. Oct. 5 at the North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216. The film will be screened along with “The Rainbow Experiment,” an unrelated film.
The school will now travel the film throughout the Buffalo community to prompt conversation on the mutual engagement of issues in urbanism between cities and regions and universities. A screening for faculty, staff, students and friends of the school is also set for 6 pm, Oct. 17, in 147 Diefendorf Hall, UB South Campus.
The film was produced by John Paget and directed by Greg Delaney, clinical assistant professor of architecture at UB. Students from the School of Architecture and Planning have been involved throughout the project, from production of the film and Time Space Existence exhibition, to participation in faculty-led workshops in Venice that explored international issues in urbanism through the lens of Buffalo.
"See It Through Buffalo" is the School of Architecture and Planning documentary film on the relationship between the school and the urban landscapes of Buffalo. The film remains on view in Venice as part of the Time Space Existence exhibition in the context of the Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition runs through Nov. 25, 2018.