Local indie films bring cool to WNY
This past Saturday, I was lucky enough catch the premier showing of one of these films, “BOYD,” which was produced by Idle Entertainment, a local production company.
The film was shown at the Hamburg Palace Theatre.
Without spoiling the story, “BOYD” is about one day in the lives of four friends, in their mid-20s, during the rolling black-outs that struck Buffalo and the Northeast in August 2003.
It’s an endearing film about what can happen when things beyond our control force us out of our comfort zone.
The movie was shot in various places around the area, including Chestnut Ridge Park, the Erie County Fair, and the Towne House Bar and Restaurant on the corner of Route 20 and South Park Avenue.
It was great to see our area in film, and the well-written script and exceptional acting ability of our local talent made for a truly enjoyable movie.
Meanwhile, on that same Saturday, Deftone Pictures Studios, another local production company, was filming scenes for their alien horror film, “Ombis,” at Cheektowaga Town Hall.
Director, Adam Steigert, and his competent crew, will be filming “Ombis” all around the area, using scores of local people as “extras.”
“Ombis” started production in March and will film through August, with a premier slated for October 2013.
Deftone Pictures also made news in June, 2010, when the Village of Angola closed down Main Street, so scenes from the zombie movie, “Final Night and Day,” could be filmed. Hundreds of people came out that day to be made up as zombies and stagger down the street into movie immortality.
“Final Night and Day” was also shown at the Palace Theatre, when it came out in March 2011.
I’m excited to see this blossoming of indie filmmaking coming out of Buffalo, and it’s great to see the initiative and heart of these young hometown movie-makers.
In true Buffalo style, these films are being made without ego, and most of the time without a lot of money, powered by sheer love of the art.
There are so many creative people in Buffalo. A grass-roots movie industry is just what we need to give an outlet to all that talent.
The time is right. I can feel it.