Using an eclectic array of subject matter, the films showcased in Consider the Alternatives explore both alternative responses to social problems and alternative ways of living and organizing families and societies, all while celebrating human triumph over adversity and repression. Consider the Alternatives is curated by documentary filmmaker Meg Knowles and media and social critic Mike Niman, both professors in the Buffalo State Communication Department.
Consider the Alternatives begins Thursday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. and continues throughout the academic year.
We Love You, Jonathan Kalafer, 2009
Consulting Producer, Michael Niman
Every summer since 1972, Rainbow Gatherings have attracted tens of thousands of people to a different U.S. National Forest. They create a temporary city in the wilderness, complete with kitchens, plumbing, medical care, sanitation, and child care. The gathering culminates with an elaborate and graceful prayer for Peace on the Fourth of July. Gatherings attract all kinds of people, all for different reasons, from all different places despite intense pressure from federal law enforcement, which attempts to prohibit them. All this happens through the efforts of individuals without any formal organization or leaders, and without anyone buying a ticket or being paid for their labor.
The Diary of Immaculee, Peter LeDonne, 2006
The Diary of Immaculee reveals the horrific yet inspiring true story of a remarkable woman’s experience in the midst of one of history’s most tragic events. Immaculee llibagiza and others who were there will tell you what happened… You shall never forget it. With powerful and emotional appearances from the good Samaritans who kept Immaculee alive in Rwanda.
8: The Mormon Proposition, Reed Cowan, 2009
Me, Myself, and I, Kelly Spivey 2003
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Marshall Curry, 2011
The Last Train Home, Lixin Fan, 2009
Structure of Feeling: a Look Inside the House of Records, David Gracon, 2012
Girl Next Door, Julie Perini 2009
Runaway, Meg Knowles and Brian Milbrand, 2012
Cost: Free for Burchfield Penney members and Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff; $5 for “not yet” members.