Braddock Films News

The Bard of Braddock
Profile of Tony’s career chronicling the rise and fall of Braddock, PA. Written by Steve Macfarlane for, accompanied by photos from Tony and Braddock Films.

Braddock, PA: Roots
Tony is featured in Rosie Haber’s 4-part documentary for on the disproportionate effects by class and race of industrial pollution on residents of the steeltown of Braddock, PA.

Storytelling at The Moth
The Rosary, the Vampire, and George Romero is an audio recording of Tony’s story told at “The Moth” in which he gives tribute to George Romero and his supportive family through anecdotes of his experiences working on the film Martin.

Ghosts of Amistad on American Public Television
During the week of February 17 to February 23, 2017, Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels airs in multiple timeslots on many PBS stations nationally. You can look up the days and times it will air on your local stations by going to the American Public Television link above and clicking the blue “Where to watch button” below the pictures from the film.

No Place But Home: Tony Buba
Documentary short by Ryan Loew and Matthew Newton, examining Tony’s storied career as told in his own words, produced as a collaboration between Carnegie Museum of Art and 90.5 WESA.

In Person
New Yorker piece by Richard Brody featuring Tony Buba.

Studs Terkel Award
Tony received the Studs Terkel Award for Media from the Working Class Studies Association.

Inheritance Exhibit
Exhibit held at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art featuring LaToya Ruby Fraiser and Tony Buba.
(Scroll down the above page to “Inheritance”).

New York Times Review
A Steel Town’s Chronicler and Conscience: Tony Buba: The Bard of Braddock by John Anderson for the New York Times.

Alumni Award
Tony received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio University.

Arts Award
Tony received the Arts Award from the International Olympic Committee, Matera, Italy.

Allegheny College Commencement
Tony was named an Honorary Doctor of Arts and delivered the 2002 commencement address at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.

Honorary Citizen of Tursi, Italy
The Communal Administration of Tursi has conferred honorary citizenship on Tony and his brother, Pat Buba, on August 3, 2000. Tony and Pat’s mother and grandmother were born in Tursi, which is in the Basilicata region of the Province of Matera in southern Italy. One of Tony’s greatest thrills was screening Washing Walls with Mrs. G. in the Tursi town piazza.

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
Raymond Henderson, Tony Buba, and the Independent Television Service are winners of a 1999 Silver Baton Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for their PBS documentary, Struggles in Steel: A Story of African-American Steel Workers.

These awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism. Now in the form of Gold and Silver Batons, they have been awarded annually since 1942 for overall excellence in broadcast journalism. Their purpose is to bring to professional and public attention the best journalism and to honor the individuals and organizations that produced it.

In 1999, there were over 680 entries and 12 awards were presented, including one Gold and 11 Silver Batons. Other 1999 Silver Baton winners included Ted Koppel of ABC News’ Nightline and Mike Wallace of CBS News’ 60 Minutes.

Artist of the Year
In 1998, Tony was named Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. He was the first filmmaker so honored. The Artist of the Year exhibition was started by the Center in 1949 and the list of honorees includes the most influential Pittsburgh artists of the second half of the 20th Century.

In selecting Tony as the 45th Artist of the Year, PCA curator Vicky A. Clark said: “{when the selection committee} came in and looked at Tony as an artist, he was the unanimous choice.” In addition to turning over the entire second floor galleries to Tony, the exhibition was accompanied by an interactive CD-ROM catalogue, featuring film clips, interviews, and an interactive tour of Tony’s childhood home.

“I focus on my hometown because I am continually challenged to create new ways of seeing it. I want to convey the humor and the quirkiness of people in one community, my community, using cinematic forms that fit the tone, rhythm and texture of their stories.” Tony Buba, 1998 Artist of the Year Statement.



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