Bernard Roddy

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Bernie Roddy taught college philosophy, made animated films, and is currently working on short one-take films that explore performance and dialogue. Bernie Roddy investigates conflict "resolution." Early work in 16 mm film focused on the psychodynamics of interpersonal communication, first in a direct transposition of the conceptual to the visual through animation, then in a dramatic film. In 1995 he earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Rochester, in 2003 an MFA in media study from the University at Buffalo. The animation of the late 1990s includes Truth (1998), Relativism (1999), Fluxus Cartoon (2000), and Time and Object (2001). These films convey contemporary philosophical problems through visual and temporal change. They have screened at festivals like Ann Arbor, Cinematexas, and the Black Maria. His dramatic film, Dire Mastery (2003), was his MFA thesis film. It appropriates video techniques that are used when video supports psychotherapy during individual treatment. His recent videos are journalistic. The Gift (2004) and The Great Confinement (2004) are road videos interrogating capitalism and immigration policy. He received a Finishing Funds award in 2003 from the Experimental Television Center. Education MFA Media Study, University at Buffalo 2003 PhD Philosophy, University of Rochester 1995 BA Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago (Summa Cum Laud) 1987 PhD Thesis: Experience and Knowledge: A foundationalist account of the role played by perceptual experience in empirical knowledge. MFA Thesis: Production: Dire Mastery (9:00, 2003), 16 mm, color, sync-sound, dramatic film drawing on soap opera television and videotape usage in psychotherapy. Essay: The Mechanical Breast: Self-Treatment in the Electronic Diary. An application of Freudian analytic terms to the confessional artist videos produced by Anne Robertson, Joe Gibbons, and Lynn Hershmann ________________________________________________________________________ Publications and Presentations In Progress: "Artists and Copyright in the Digital Age" Prisons and Capital Punishment: "Expiation and Sacrifice: A History of Thought on the Death Penalty," March 11, 2005 ( "The Business of Bondage," April 26, 2005 ( (The above were posted to the Interactivist website) Online Community Participation Under Fire.1 Jordan Crandal - The Organization and Representation of Violence, Witte de With, Catalogue published by the Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2004. Art Reviews "In the Eye of the Beholder: Karen Henderson at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center," The Graduate Quill, October, 2002. "Sex, Lies, and Videotape: Videotapes by Michael Achtman and Richard Vaughan," Artvoice, Aug. 1, 2002. "Lo-Fi Landscapes: Interviews with Filmmakers, Bill Brown and Thomas Comerford," Artvoice, May 30, 2002. "Side the Other Side: The Carnegie Show Curated by Ghen Dennis," Artvoice, Mar. 14, 2002. "Voice to the Masses: International Super-8 Day," Artvoice, Jan. 31, 2002. "Democracy on Ice: Andrew Johnson at Big Orbit Gallery," Artvoice, Dec. 13, 2001. Philosophy: "Animating Philosophy," paper presented at conference, Teaching with Film: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cinema Studies, Daemen College, Buffalo, Oct. 16, 1999. "Inversion Scenarios as Evidence of Qualia," paper presented at Canisius College, Nov. 12, 1996. "Epistemically Rational Believing," paper presented at the New York State Philosophical Association Meeting, Mar. 26, 1994. "Millar and the Problem of Generality," published in Ratio, Dec., 1994 ________________________________________________________________________ Teaching Experience Media Studies Harold Washington College Fall, 2005 The World of Mass Media The World of Cinema Film and Animation Production University at Buffalo Basic Filmmaking Fall, 1999 - Spring, 2003 Basic Film Animation Summers, 2001 and 2002 Squeaky Wheel Media Resources Summers, 2001, 2002 Rochester Institute of Technology MFA Graduate Animation Production Winter, 2001 Undergraduate Production Spring, 2001 History and Aesthetics of Animation Fall, 2002 Philosophy Chicago State University Fall, 2005 Computer Ethics Business Ethics Dallas Telecollege Introduction to Philosophy (Online Telecourse) Summer, 2004 - Present Southern Methodist University Contemporary Moral Problems Fall, 2003 - Spring, 2005 Business Ethics Spring, 2005 Canisius College Fall, 1996 - Spring, 2000 Philosophy of Mind Reality and Knowledge God and the World Ethics Introduction to Philosophy St. John Fisher College Fall, 1996 - Fall, 1999 Basic Logic Introduction to Philosophy Monroe Community College Fall, 1995 - Summer, 1996 Ethics Introduction to Philosophy ___________________________________________________________________ Video Screenings Lone Star Justice (documentary VHS, 27:00, 2005) Broadcast on CAN TV Ch. 21 Chicago, Aug. 5 & 10, 2005 TV Azteca, Mexico City (VHS, 11:00, 2004) Squeaky Wheel Media Resources Sept., 2004 (subtitled Mexican broadcast from Dec. 26, 2003) Kinship Rituals (VHS, 9:30, 2004) Artwaves, Cable Programming of Hallwalls Art Center Sept., 2004 The Great Confinement (VHS, 9:15, 2004) Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association Aug., 2005 Resolutions, Curated by Joanna Raczynska Jan. 21, 2005 Barbes' in Brooklyn Oct. 29, 2004 Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA Oct. 27, 2004 Artwaves, Hallwalls Cable Programming Sept., 2004 The Gift (9:00, 2004) Spark Contemporary Art Center, Syracuse, NY Jan. 30, 2004 Axlegrease, Cable Programming Untitled (Viewer Therapy) (7:00, 2001) "Cinema Naivete," Saw Viceo, Ottawa, Canada May 31, 2003 ________________________________________________________________________ 16 mm Film Screenings Dire Mastery (9:00, 2003, narrative, color, sound) New York Underground Film Festival March 9 - 14, 2004 Sarah Lawrence College X-Fest April 16, 2004 Chicago Underground Film Festival August 18 - 23, 2004 Time & Object (9:00, 2001, animation, sound) Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI March 11 - 14, 2003 (Awarded Honorable Mention) Fluxus Cartoon (5:20, 2001, animation, color, silent) Cinematexas, Austin, TX Sept. 17 - 22, 2002 CEPA Members Show (Awarded), Buffalo, NY Spring, 2002 Arcana (3:00, 2000, experimental, black & white, silent) Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI Mar. 13 - 18, 2001 Relativism (4:30, 1999, animation, color, sound) Brainwash Movies, San Francisco, CA July 28 - Aug. 4, 2000 The Sex Life of the Chair (3:00, 1999, animation, color, sound) Mix Brasil 2000, Sao Paolo, Brazil Nov. 15, 2000 New York Lower East Side Film Festival, New York, NY Apr. 19 - 23, 2000 Humboldt International Film Festival, Arcata, CA Apr. 4 - 8, 2000 REVelation Independent Film Festival, Perth, Western Australia Feb.3 - 13, 2000 Truth (3:40, 1998, animation, color, sound) Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 13 - 22, 2001 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Sept. 19 - 24, 2000 Humboldt International Film Festival, Arcata, CA Apr. 3 - 7, 2001 Central Florida Film & Video Festival, Orlando, FL Nov. 19 - 21, 1999 WYBE TV "Through the Lens" PBS, Philadelphia, PA Oct. 19, 1999 Black Maria Film Festival, Jersey City, NJ Touring, 1999 Cinematexas, Austin, TX Sept. 22 - 26, 1999 ASIFA-East Animation Festival (Awarded for experimental technique), New York, NY Apr. 8, 1999 Antimatter Festival of Underground Shorts, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Sept. 18 - 27, 1998 ________________________________________________________________________ Online Projects - - blog in defense of death row inmate - - artist's project on capital punishment - - animation and experimental film through 2003 (now off-line) ________________________________________________________________________ Gallery Installations Death Instinct "Rough & Ready Show," Formula Gallery, Buffalo, NY July 12, 2003 Scientia Sexualis "Geo-types Show," Carnegit Art Center, North Tonawanda, NY May 3, 2005 _______________________________________________________________________ Programming & Editing Editor, The Graduate Quill, University at Buffalo's Graduate Student Monthly, Aug., 2002 - May, 2003 Psychodrama Video: Video from Toronto's V Tape, Squeaky Wheel, Nov. 15, 2002 Animation Night: Film Animation from the Festivals, Squeaky Wheel, Summer, 2000 Judging Committee, Rochester International Film Festival Rochester, NY, 1997 - 1999 ________________________________________________________________________ Select Awards and Honors Experimental Television Center Finishing Fund grant to complete Dire Mastery, 2003 Honorable Mention (Time & Object), Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2003 Best Video Award, CEPA Gallery Members' Show, Buffalo, 2002 Website Workshop Selection, Squeaky Wheel/CEPA Gallery, Summer, 2000 Special Opportunity Stipends for Filmmaking, Arts and Cultural Councils for Greater Rochester and Buffalo, 1998 and 1999. Award for Technique (Truth) ASIFA-East, Eastern chapter of animation society Two-Year Fellowship, Media Study, University at Buffalo, 2001. Five-Year Fellowship, Philosophy, University of Rochester, 1989. ________________________________________________________________________ Organization Memberships & Participation Chicago Media Action ( Chicago Filmmakers ( Mess Hall (