Live Your Art  

A collaborative filmmaking experiment, Live Your Art documents the experience of living and working in Buffalo as an artist. Bringing together four diverse UB artists, the short film is a celebration of creativity across the disciplines. The production team, led by UB filmmaker Mani Mehrvarz, featured UB artists Naila Ansari, Julia Anne Cordani, Pam Glick, and Maryam Muliaee. The film takes cameras into spaces where art is made, and then leads viewers out into the city on a search for sources of inspiration, collaboration and community.

The film serves as the messaging for UB Arts Collaboratory and also as a reminder of the power of art—and a humanities and liberal arts education—in describing the world we inhabit.


Jamie M. Enser
Chris Jacobs
Ethan Hayden
Brendan Fitzgerald
Megan Kyle
Nicholas Emmanuel
Evan Courtin
Katie Weissman
Julia Anne Cordani
Jesse Robson
Rutuja Sawart

Robin Schulze
Kris Tjaden
Kate Ferguson
Regina Ticco
Department of Art
Department of Media Study
Department of Theatre and Dance
Department of Music
UB Production Group
Buffalo Documentary Project


Naila Ansari: Naila is a graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts program and an original and former principal dancer for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. A native of Buffalo, Naila also danced and performed works for the legendary Lula Washington Dance Theatre out of Los Angeles, CA. Naila is a lecturer at SUNY Buffalo State College while also pursuing an MFA at UB. Most recently, Naila has two publications in Theatre Journal and has had her choreography performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Maryam Muliaee: Maryam is a media artist-researcher who lives and works in Buffalo, NY. Her work is interdisciplinary, ranging from video/sound installations to experimental film, xerography and locative media. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Media Study at UB. Her current research and practice explore how media can engender fictional places and urban imaginaries through feminist tactics. She is the art director and animator in Buffalo Documentary Project and the co-founder of Media-As-Things Collective project.

Pam Glick: Pam’s abstract artworks can be understood as psychologically charged landscapes. In her work, Glick often returns to--or perhaps more accurately departs from--a schematic image of Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is a recurring visual metaphor for both the inevitability of change and the potential for renewal, which she subsequently abstracts and deconstructs, creating visceral, complex and labyrinthine paintings that suggest a form of psychological and emotional mapping. Glick's "Dream House: Niagara-USA-Canada" is currently on view at UB Anderson Gallery and UB Art Gallery/CFA.

Julia Anne Cordani: Julia Cordani, soprano, of Lewiston, New York is a singer with a passion for innovative music. She is studying toward a master of music in voice performance under Dr. Tiffany Du Mouchelle. Praised for her strength in the interpretation of new music, she regularly performs the works of living composers such as Jamie Leigh Sampson, James Weeks, and Kaija Saariaho as part of Sotto Voce Vocal Collective. Julia also sings at UB with the Polyglot/Opera Scenes Ensemble and the Contemporary Ensemble.


Mani Mehrvarz, director and editor: Mani is a filmmaker, media artist and curator. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Media at UB, where he also taught courses in documentary, video art and media theory over the last four years. His media installations and documentary films have received recognition around the world, exhibited and screened in solo and group shows and juried festivals since 2006. Mani is the founder and director of Buffalo Documentary Project , and the filmmaker and member of the UB Arts Collaboratory team. Visit Mani's website

Bronwyn Keenan, producer and concept: Bronwyn is the inaugural director of the UB Arts Collaboratory, an innovative strategic initiative at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo. The initiative fosters collaboration, experimentation and invention to unify and amplify the breadth of creativity originating at UB and in Western New York. A visiting artists program helps to catalyze new work and develop multifaceted projects with students, faculty and the community. At the Center for the Arts, the Arts Collaboratory makes the interdisciplinary process visible by opening UB's studio, rehearsal space and classroom doors to bring creativity out into the open. Prior to UB, Keenan managed her namesake gallery in New York City from 1995-2004, and went on to direct special projects and events at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kirsten Miller, concept: Kirsten is an American novelist and the creator of the Kiki Strike book series. Her first book in the series, Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, came out in 2006. Her second book in the series, The Empress's Tomb, came out in October 2007. The series chronicles the adventures of Kiki Strike, Ananka Fishbein and their friends in New York City.In 2001, the front lawn of a Manhattan nursing home collapsed to reveal an underground room, giving Kirsten the idea for the first book, set in the underground tunnels and rooms beneath the city. She created Kiki Strike and the Irregulars (named after Sherlock Holmes' Baker Street Irregulars) to explore these secret passageways.

Paul Calandra, cinematographer: Paul has been a part of the UB Production Group for 10 years, currently as the director of photography. He directs the UB Distinguished Speakers Series, UB's commencement ceremonies and other live UB video events. Paul has directed live concerts at venues across Western New York, and has worked in broadcast television for more than 30 years. He recieved his BA in media study from UB in 1990.

Ethan Hayden, music: Ethan is a composer, performer, and author based in America's Rust Belt. His acoustic, electronic, and vocal music has been performed at conferences, festivals, and DIY spaces around the world. He received his MA and PhD in composition from the University at Buffalo, and also holds undergraduate degrees in composition and theory from the University of North Texas. He currently teaches sound synthesis and electroacoustic composition at Buffalo State College. He is the associate director of Wooden Cities, a Buffalo-based contemporary music ensemble, and the technical director of Null Point, an initiative for new sound art in Western New York. Visit Ethan's website.

Jacob Vogan, photographer: Jacob has spent most of his academic career shifting between biological sciences and the arts. He works mainly in image-based practices and is interested, primarily, in the human identity: both, within the context of this planet, and as it relates to physical law. After graduating, he will spend the majority of his energy helping to build and curate a collaborative, series of installations titled, QBAL (Queer Bodies as Landscape). Visit Jacob's website.