Video Institute Creates Film, Virtual Exhibit

BUFFALO, NY ― The Canisius College Video Institute’s latest project, 1812: By Fire and Sword, is a narrative film and virtual exhibit features local re-enactors and professional actors telling the stories of The Burning of Buffalo, Red Jacket, Laura Secord, Cyrenius Chapin, General McClure and other key events that characterized The War of 1812 in the “Niagara Theatre.” The five short films were made with The Buffalo History Museum in conjunction with its exhibit, By Fire and Sword: War in the Niagara Theatre, 1812-1814 on view at the museum through June 2014.

The Canisius College Video Institute will premiere 1812: By Fire and Sword on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum, 25 Nottingham Court, Buffalo, NY. Prior to the screening at 6 p.m., Town of Tonawanda historian John Percy will give a lecture on the Battle of Queenston Heights. A Q&A and reception will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

By Fire and Sword: War in the Niagara Theatre, which opened September 12, 2013 at The Buffalo History Museum, focuses on activity in the Niagara Frontier and takes an in-depth look at the region’s vital role in The War of 1812. The Canisius College Video Institute students conceptualized and created an interactive “virtual exhibit.” As museum guests approach By Fire and Sword artifacts, they touch Google Nexus tablets to view the film re-enactments inside the context of the museum experience. These clips are linked to museum artifacts through a technique called “historical geotagging.”

More than 30 historians, consultants, technicians and actors participated in the 1812: By Fire and Sword project. The Canisius students who participated include:

  • Rich Lunghino ’13, art director, associate producer
  • Erik Taheri ’14, app developer, cinematographer
  • Jason Insalaco ’13, director, cinematographer, series editor
  • Tim Marcolini ’13, scriptwriterLauren Mosier ’13, cinematographer, scene editor
  • Ashley Fike ’13, production assistant
  • Brian Russ ’13, 3d modeler, graphic designer
  • Steve Lakomski ’14, graphic designerJoshua Smith ‘14, 3d modeler
  • Tom Etu ’14, actor
  • Hussam Harb AlMukhtar ’13, actor
  • Brianna Blank ’14, cinematographer, editor and assistant director

 The 1812: By Fire and Sword project was supervised by Jamie O’Neil, associate professor and director of digital media arts and co-director of The Canisius College Video Institute. P.J. Moskal, PhD, assistant professor of digital media arts, led the development of the near field communication system that utilizes the Google Nexus tablets for the deployment of media within The Buffalo History Museum.

To view the film trailer, click here. View the virtual exhibit here.

The1812: By Fire and Sword project was made possible by a $35,000 grant from the J. Warren Perry and Donald Perry Memorial Fund.

The Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the community. Students produce service-oriented videos, narrative films and social documentaries ­all connected by the theme of social justice ­ to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to our world today. The award-winning program is interdisciplinary, encourages global awareness and puts students in the position of doing social justice.

The Canisius College Video Institute is co-directed by Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies, and Jamie O’Neil, director of The Digital Media Arts Program.

For additional information about the event or The Video Institute, contact Jamie O’Neil at (716) 888-3123 or click here for the Video Institute website.

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.