Brandon Thurston locks his opponent in an armbar. Thurston is a student of Japanese pro wrestling where performers strive to replicate reality and treat it as a serious sport.
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Graig Knowlton delivers an elbow to the chest of "The Red Death" Daniel Garcia. Knowlton works as a deliveryman and hauls 20-foot rubber mats when not wrestling.
Nick Pufpaff crushes his opponent beneath is billed 420-pound frame. Pufpaff is always the crowd favorite and gets the biggest reactions of the night.
Kevin Lockwood pulls himself from the mat using the ring ropes. Lockwood is a naturally talented wrestler who wrestles for Smash Wrestling in Canada as Kevin Blackwood.
Jesse Guilmette throws his opponent into a steel chair in the corner of the ring. Guilmette teaches the advanced class at Grapplers on Wednesday nights.
Vincent Piazza delivers a superplex to his opponent during a training session. Piazza wrestles as Vinnie Moon and hopes to sell his signature bandanas at upcoming shows.
Brandon Thurston observes training at a Grapplers training session. Thurston is the head trainer at the gym, where he teaches a new generation of Western New York wrestlers.
Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center is located in downtown Buffalo, providing artists with access to media equipment. Executive Director Maiko Tanaka took the position after working as an art curator in Toronto
Johanan Mcdowell’s project “Red” is heavily influenced by Kanye West. The Brooklyn-born filmmaker is currently part of the “Lone Star” series - a project with MFA candidate Charles Carter.