(July 24th, 2014) Lockport Native, Saint Joe’s HS and UB Film Grad Scott Cummings has been named to Filmmaker Magazines 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2014. Cummings is currently hitting the festival circuit with his latest short film Buffalo Juggalo’s which he shot in Buffalo, Lockport, and Niagara Falls in 2013.
Scott Cummings’ half-hour Buffalo Juggalos is straightforward about its title setting and subject and twisty about everything else. A series of minute-long shots executed with James Benning’s mathematical framing and juxtapositioned precision and Ulrich Seidl’s unnervingly unbroken gaze, it’s a rigorously staged series of tableaus of one of America’s most-feared subcultures making a depressed urban space their own.
Cummings studied experimental film at the State University of New York-Buffalo before realizing he wanted to gain tools for a narrative skill set and applying to the California Institute of the Arts. His 2006 short The Hesher, succinctly described by Cummings as “a guy abusing himself,” played at the Museum of Modern Art and other gallery spaces. “I made more normal narrative stuff, but I never liked it as much,” Cummings explains. “I was the only person in it, and I shot it by setting up a tripod.” – Filmmaker Magazine
Look for a Western New York screening of Buffalo Juggalo’s this year.