SCOTTY SLADE WAGNER, Production Assistant
Scotty Slade Wagner is the son of John Wagner, a dentist, and Terry Kane, a veterinarian. As a child, he was fascinated and fixated by casts of teeth rolling around the floor of his dad’s minivan and the variety of specimens, such as parasites and feline embryos, preserved in formaldehyde jars at his mom’s cat-only veterinary clinic. He made a very close connection with cats during his childhood, and this connection is quite likely what lead him to consistently make work investigating and referring to “human” and “animal” “nature(s).” Life in New York City in his early twenties led him to realize that he was interested in much more than human affairs, and after moving to Ann Arbor to get his BFA in Performing Arts Technology – Media Arts at the University of Michigan, he maintained a studio practice in Detroit, where he focused primarily on making video, sculpture, and interactive installations. His work has been exhibited nationally in film festivals and screenings such as New Filmmakers at Anthology Archives in New York, Wisconsin International Film Festival, Fargo Film Festival, and Detroit Independent Film Festival, and at galleries in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Oakland, as well as in the Toledo, Ohio Greyhound station. He is now earning his MFA at the University of California Santa Barbara.