This film is an abstract composite of my memories and experiences from a trip to Rwanda and Uganda a couple of years ago. It was nothing at all like what I expected. Amid toil and triumph, this is an incredible part of the world, with amazing people doing incredible things. I hope people consider visiting these two countries.
Put on your headphones and watch in a darkened room if you’re serious about watching it.
Big thanks to camera assistant Ivan Agerton, Emily Miller (a specific editorial suggestion), and Jongnic Bontemps (awesomely haunting score).
Matthew Grote, the man behind the OGRE pseudonym, is originally from Cincinnati, OH. He moved to Buffalo, NY and immersed himself in the art community here. Grote, like a lot of others, was surprised by how big of a community there is for art in Buffalo. You can tell that Grote is someone who has a passion for art, and wants to keep expanding his work.
Bill Battaglia, an emerging local artist, is a painter, photographer, and a sculptor. He named his type of art as “Modern Decay”. He enjoys finding and re-purposing salvage items like abandon wooden blocks, or wooden pieces, turn them around and make them into beautiful art pieces. He likes bringing new life into old abandoned items.
Most of his works now are based on wood. He builds everything from scratch like the frames and the wooden art pieces that he made. He likes using materials that already has characteristics in it. For example, an abandoned wooden block that was previously cut by a construction site or a wooden piece that already has paints splatter on it.