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Filmmaker invited to Wells College for film screening

Alison O’Daniel will be on-campus for a screening of her film "The Tuba Thieves" as the last film for this year's Filmmaker-In-Residence Series.
April 4, 2024

The relentless [ROAR AND BLARE] of airplanes displaces an entire community, someone keeps stealing [T U U U U U B A S], and in 1953, a man removes his shoes to listen better to the [CRACKLE] of dried leaves. These are some of the threads with which d/Deaf visual artist, filmmaker, and educator Alison O’Daniel creates “The Tuba Thieves,” the last film for this year's Wells College Filmmaker-In-Residence Series.

“The Tuba Thieves” will be screened next Thursday at 5 p.m. in Barler Auditorium. As the Filmmaker-In-Residence, O’Daniel will be on-campus for the screening, and the panel discussion will follow at 7 p.m. Wells College Associate Professor of English Dan Rosenberg, joined by O’Daniel, will moderate the discussion, in addition to Wells College Assistant Professor of Studio Art Anna Ialeggio and filmmakers Cathy Crane from Ithaca College and Mike Stoltz from Binghamton University.

Alison O'Daniel

O’Daniel is a United States Artist Disability Futures fellow and a Guggenheim fellow. Her work has been exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and many others. “The Tuba Thieves” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2023 and is currently on the international film festival circuit. She is an Assistant Professor of Film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

For the Filmmaker-In-Residence Series, O’Daniel curated three other films that influenced her work: “La Haine,” directed by Mathieu Kassovitz; “Where Is The Friend’s House?” directed by Abbas Kiarostami; and “Nashville,” directed by Robert Altman. Each film was screened on-campus and drew an eclectic group of faculty, students, staff, and community members. O’Daniel was chosen as this year’s filmmaker because “The Tuba Thieves” is “a unique cinematic experience that blends visual art, narrative storytelling, experimental documentary, and intimate engagement with d/Deaf and hard of hearing communities.” Ialeggio said, “All of the films in the series grapple with how a story gets told, but more precisely, with how to make the interweaving of a story as rich and dense as possible. The Tuba Thieves is a lyric film composed of multiple strands that beautifully destabilize my assumptions about the relationship between sound and image and point to the universal difficulty of making oneself understood.”

A review by The New York Times praised “The Tuba Thieves” for “exploring the role sound plays in our world, both for those who take it for granted and those to whom access is denied .... Listening means more than just hearing, and in fact doesn’t require hearing at all. But the sounds, the vibrations, the racket and clamor and buzz of everyday life are as important in their presence as in their absence. O’Daniel’s scrutiny of them is somehow rigorous and abstract, serious and playful, and provocative in a way that makes us take in the world differently.”

The event is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation and open captioning are confirmed. A registration form is recommended and includes an optional field for accessibility needs and concerns to make the event as inclusive as possible.

The Filmmaker-In-Residence Series is hosted by the college’s Visiting Artists Program and supported by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. It is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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