Six Independent Filmmakers to Visit Oswego

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego will host six American independent filmmakers in 2011-12, beginning Sept. 20, as part of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person film series.

All screenings will take place at Oswego Cinema at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Launched in 2011, On Screen/In Person sends new independent American films and their respective filmmakers on tour to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. This year’s six documentary filmmakers address issues of culture and identity as they manifest in different ways around unique subjects: from the commercialization of organic farms to life as an “out” gay teen in a small rural town to a collaborative mural project between prisoners and the victims of their crimes.

The film series includes: “What’s ‘Organic’ About Organic?,” directed by Shelly Rogers, Sept. 20; “Beatboxing — The Fifth Element of Hip Hop,” produced by Angela Viscido, Oct. 25; “Out in the Silence,” directed by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, Nov. 15; “Concrete, Steel and Pain,” directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Herziga, Feb. 14;

“Proceed and Be Bold!,” directed by Laura Zinger, March 27; and “Milking the Rhino,” directed by David E. Simpson, April 17.

Through sponsorship by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, SUNY Oswego will bring the filmmakers for these independent documentaries to campus and the community so that they can discuss their art, subject matter and the role that American independent filmmaking plays in contemporary society.

Over the summer, professors Amy Shore and Bennet Schaber of Oswego’s cinema and screen studies program participated in a selection process that included screenings of dozens of submitted films and discussion of finalists with representatives from other sites for the 2011-12 series.

“We were privileged to see some of the finest films being made by young American independent filmmakers, and the six films that are part of the OSIP tour coming to Oswego are extraordinary,” Shore said. “The films are sure to provoke spirited dialog among audiences. Having the filmmaker present to engage in the discussion promises to make these screenings particularly exciting.”

Tickets are available from any campus box office, online at, or from Oswego Cinema. Those who buy tickets for all six films in the series before the first show Sept. 20 will receive more than a 25 percent discount. Prices are $7 each, or $30 for the series ($5 or $22 for seniors; $3.50 or $15 for students).

The series is made possible with support from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. SUNY Oswego’s cinema and screen studies program is presenting the series in collaboration with the college’s Artswego performing arts series, Oswego Cinema, the Oswego Film Club student organization and the community film organization Oswego Film Group.

For more information, visit the Artswego website at