|Tony Buba, In His Studio|
November, 2011. I am at the Braddock Library for a memorial service for David Demarest, the father of Jamie Demarest, one of my closest friends since High School. I knew David Demarest loved Pittsburgh and its urban landscapes, and loved to spend time in neighborhoods like Braddock. He was extremely active not only in helping to rejuvenate towns such as Braddock, but in fighting for any number of important social causes. He is the man who revived “Out of This Furnace,” a book by Thomas Bell that captured immigrant life in a Western Pennsylvania steel town, and he was instrumental in preventing the shut-down of the Braddock library. The man filming the memorial service was Tony Buba.
After the service I asked Tony if he’d mind setting up a time to have a conversation. He is a man I have long respected – a local filmmaker who stayed loyal to his home town through its worst years. We had a fantastic conversation. Tony is an accomplished filmmaker, an icon of the Pittsburgh/Braddock community, and as you would expect, a natural story-teller. And he’s also quite active – he is working on a number of new projects, and from June 8-12 his work will be featured at the Anthology Film Archives, in New York. Here’s the link: