Dr. Louis Buttino

Louis ButtinoA 1962 graduate of Canastota High School, Lou Buttino was quarterback of the school’s championship team. He was also an undefeated wrestler who received a full scholarship to Colgate University. From there he graduated from the University of Miami, Miami, FL., with an M.A. and Colgate Rochester Divinity School, also with an M.A. He received his PhD from Syracuse University.

Dr. Buttino taught at St. John Fisher College from 1973 – 1995, and at UNC Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1996 to the present. He received each institution’s award for teaching excellence, outstanding scholarship, and uncommon service to students and the community. A two-term chair of the Film Studies Department at UNCW, he is credited with bringing the program to national attention. Over the years, Buttino taught 55 courses across four disciplines: political science, communications, film studies, and creative writing.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Buttino is an award-winning filmmaker, author and playwright. HisLouis Buttino Graduation documentaries have received national broadcast on PBS, NPR, and ESPN. The New York Times has critically reviewed his work, and he is included in a text featuring James Baldwin, Annie Dillard, and Alice Walker. He also has received numerous writing awards in documentary, screenplays, and theatre.

Dr. Buttino has received numerous academic grants, has lectured at Harvard, Brown, and Syracuse University, and has been interviewed scores of times by television, radio, and print journalists. A Special Manuscript and Film Collection of his work is housed at the William M. Randall Library, at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

In 1969 and again in 2012, Dr. Buttino delivered the Commencement Address to the graduating seniors of Canastota High School. In 2012 the school’s yearbook was, in part, dedicated to him.