Documentary | 50 min | USA


Ageless Wonders from Mani Mehrvarz on Vimeo.


“Ageless Wonders” is set in Buffalo, NY, where elderly individuals from the Black community participate in Vicente Rondon’s negative photography workshop as part of the Senior Program at CAO of WNY. Beyond mastering the art of capturing and printing large-format photographs, participants engage in profound dialogues with Rondon about life, memory, and the past, resulting in evocative portraits. Directed by Mani Mehrvarz, this film bridges generational divides and shines a light on a city in transformation.

Directed and Edited by:
Mani Mehrvarz
Produced by: Community Action Organization of Western New York
Co-produced by: Thomas U. Kim
Director of Photography and Assistant Producer: Justin Sanchez
Sponsored by: Beacon Communities LLC (Boston, Pittsburgh, New York City) and Trinity Title & Abstract Corp.
Original Music by: Ethan Hayden (License: CC BY-NC-SA)
Executive Producer: Buffalo Documentary Project
Interviews by: Vicente Rondón, Mani Mehrvarz
Music Performed by: Michael McNeill, Piano; Katie Weissman, Cello; Ethan Hayden, Trombone
Music Engineered by: Chris Jacobs
Credit Music: “Feeling Good” Written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, Courtesy of Lionfish Music Group
Special Thanks to: Hon. Judge Craig D. Hannah, Brandi L. Haynes, Catherine Roberts, Kyra Essue, Dr. Maryam Muliaee, CAO of WNY Senior Support staff, CAO of WNY Adult Services Division, CAO of WNY Executive Leadership Team, Wesley Salter, Delaware Camera, CEPA Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center



Date and time
Saturday, November 11 · 10am – 1pm EST
Burchfield Penney Art Center1300 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222

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Survive Remember Thrive

Documentary | 16 min | USA



Survive, Remember, Thrive: Armenian Traditions in Western New York is a documentary video series celebrating local expressions of Armenian culture and heritage. The series is produced by the Folk Arts Program at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University and the Buffalo Documentary Project.


director and editor MANI MEHRVARZ 
art director MARYAM MULIAEE



A short film and five short videos will debut to the public on Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons on the Niagara University campus. . Remarks about the project and a Q&A will take place following the screening. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required for this event. Visit to make a reservation.

Fight for Good: One Body One Soul

Fight for Good: One Body One Soul
Documentary | 29 min | USA


Fight for Good: One Body One Soul is a short documentary created by Buffalo Documentary Project. It tells how Buffalo’s Community Health Center (CHCB) responded to the COVID-19 pandemic as the crisis moved into its second year. As racial disparities persist in the everyday lives of underserved communities of color, COVID-19 has presented us with new challenges of vaccine hesitancy and outright refusal. CHCB’s leader and providers go into the community in an endless effort to continue to fight the pandemic and provide healthcare for the most disadvantaged populations residing in the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. This film shows how CHCB leaders present candid community voices that offer an effective way to respond to unprecedented difficulties encountered in the current COVID-19 and future pandemics.


Director and Editor: Mani Mehrvarz
Featuring: Dr. Lavonne Ansari, Dr. Kenyani Davis, Marsha McWilson, Raymond Allen, Chaointe Scott, Malik Campbell, Kenny Harris
Producer: Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.
Director of Photography: Matthew A. Nardone
Art Director: Maryam Muliaee
Executive Producer: Naila Ansari
Audio: Michael Bouquard
Camera Operator: Joe Blodgett
Photography: Jacob Vogan
Gaffers: Mark Pasqualotto
Credit Music: Ethan Hayden
Music: Edoy, Kai Engel, Three Chain Links

By Dr. LaVonne Ansari

When we began our “Fight For Good” journey, our initial objectives in collaborating with the Buffalo Documentary Project were simple. We wanted to capture our experiences as community healthcare providers and impact our patients, family members, and friends. While we recorded our stories, we also unexpectedly found ourselves engaging in deep self-reflection and giving voice to our vulnerabilities and the genuine, increasingly evident obstacles posed by systemic racism and healthcare inequities. 

As this pandemic continued to twist and turn, both the community and providers had to learn from each other. Through community education, we began to see rays of light break through the darkness in the form of fast-track vaccines and life-saving treatments. Although the bombardment of misinformation was a significant obstacle in giving vaccines to communities of color, we did not give up on finding creative ways to vaccinate. Ultimately, I believe our answers lie within our collective selves. 

Fight for Good: One Body One Soul shows the COVID-19 pandemic active in our communities and that we are all connected to what affects one, affects all. Nature does not give an advantage to where you live, rich over poor, or one person is better than another. Fight For Good: One Body One Soul continues to capture our history of fighting for all that is good.

photo credit: Jacob Vogan

photo credit: Jacob Vogan

Fight for Good (2021)

Fight For Good
Documentary | 22 min | USA

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The documentary was screened at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State College, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 7:00 PM. The screening was followed by a discussion Panel live-streamed on Burchfield Penney’s Facebook page. This was the first event in over a year in Burchfield since Covid.

The event began with a greeting video message received from the NYS Assemblywoman, Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes; the Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino was also in attendance.

Watch the video message from the NYS Assemblywoman, Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes:


Buffalo Documentary Project, in collaboration with Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc., presents a 22-minute film exploring the center’s work, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 disproportionately affects communities of color, highlighting the inequities of our healthcare system. The CHCB’s overarching mission is to reduce health disparities in our society and city. In “Fight for Good,” a CHCB executive and two physicians—all women of color—are captured in an unguarded style, revealing both their personal motivations and their higher goals.


Director and Editor: Mani Mehrvarz
Featuring: Dr. LaVonne Ansari, Dr. Kenyani Davis and Dr. Shilpa Kapoor
Director of Photography: Matthew A. Nardone
Art Director and Researcher: Maryam Muliaee
Audio: Michael Bouquard
Interview: Naila Ansari and Mani Mehrvarz
Camera Operator: Joe Blodgett
Photography: Brett Roedel
Gaffers: Mark Pasqualotto and Kash Costner

By Dr. LaVonne Ansari

In the summer of 2020, the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. was approached by the Buffalo Documentary Project to explore the possibility of sharing our stories with respect to the COVID-19 Pandemic that was plaguing the world and severely threatening the lives of the communities that we serve. Fast forward to the Spring of 2021, and we are both humbled and honored to benefit from the tremendous film-making artistry of the BDP team.  Indeed, we are extremely grateful to have this opportunity to share the experiences and voices of our all too often unheard women, men and children of color. By dedicating ourselves to serving them, we stand with them.

But much more than that, in body, mind and spirit, we are them.

By participating in this 22-minute film entitled Fight For Good, we have shared and learned by giving voice to our common humanity, including our innermost fears of personal vulnerability and loss. Herein are our frustrations and hopes for a healthcare system that is on one hand truly miraculous, and on the other, afflicted with implicit bias and systemic racism.  Ultimately, our unshakable belief is that the fight for good is both righteous and winnable!

We are truly blessed through the communications medium of film, to have this opportunity to invite you to engage in what we believe are some of the most important conversations of our present time. We invite your perspective, input, and ultimately, your voice. We are but one, but with yourself, and others, “we” quickly become many and as “many”, our power to affect change is infused with significance and possibility.

Dr. LaVonne Ansari, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.

Interview with the filmmakers: The Making of Fight for Good



Watch the discussion panel at Burchfield Penney Art Center:

Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York
photo credit: Jacob Vogan


AARP Ohio virtually presents the 2021 film, Fight for Good as part of the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival. In addition, on Sep 17th, AARP Ohio will present a community conversation on health disparities within Cleveland and across the nation. Read more

WBBZ-tv: Fight For Good on air, Sunday, Apr 25, 10:30am & 7:30pm, May 27, 12:30pm, on Your Hometown MeTV Station Channel 67.1 on-air; Cable 5; FiOS 5; Dish 5; DirecTV67.

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WORK (2020)


Documentary | 56 min | USA

WORK documents the recording process of the first album by the Buffalo-based new music ensemble Wooden Cities. The film features 56 minutes filmed during their summer 2018 recording sessions, as well as director Mani Mehrvarz’s interviews with Wooden Cities’ musicians and ensemble director Brendan Fitzgerald. The film also includes cutting-edge animations to two sections of Frederic Rzewski’s The Price of Oil (recorded for the first time ever for this album), emphasizing the piece’s themes of labor and environmental justice, and made using stop motion techniques amounting to over 8,000 frames. Also, featured are Cardew’s Red Flag Prelude—a musical commemoration of the martyrs of the early labor movement—and Wooden Cities’ Chain Gang, a dynamic free improvisation.


Director and Editor: Mani Mehrvarz
Music: Wooden Cities
Animation: Maryam Muliaee
Producers: Buffalo Documentary Project & Wooden Cities
Co-producer: Infrasonic Press
Featuring: Brendan Fitzgerald, Megan Kyle, Ethan Hayden, Nicholas Emmanuel, Evan Courtin, Katie Weissman


“This striking film provides welcome opportunity to meet the musicians of the Buffalo, N.Y. ensemble, Wooden Cities; and see its artistic and educational mission come to life through a series of interviews, rehearsals, and an extended, animated performance. Recommended!”
— Jeffrey Stadelman, Composer

Work captures the collective’s democratic process, as the ensemble decides what kind of music they want to make—and the new Wooden Cities’ album begins to take form. A testament to passion of the performers and the thrill of creation, the film itself is a work of interdisciplinary art, melding documentary footage, music, and cutting-edge animation.”
— Kirsten Miller, New York Times bestselling author

“With an extremely important and present political message, the film, through the dramatization archeology of media, shows us the deep roots of neoliberal exploitation. The compositional structure of the film equally emphasizes the poetic-typographic, musical, graphic-animation treatment of the structure, in comprehensively successful experimentation with form.”
— The Unforeseen – International Experimental Film Festival