Buffalo, New York - The Latest Film Capital

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Filmmakers and producers receive incentives to shoot movies and TV shows in New York State. Buffalo, New York has hosted many stars as they are filmed in productions using Buffalo as a background. Cast and crew can spend millions of dollars as they patronize hotels, restaurants and shopping malls during their sometimes lengthy stay in the area.

Buffalo, New York - The Latest Film Capital

For the past several years, lawmakers in New York State offered an incentive for filmmakers and producers to shoot movies and television shows in the state. Several other states as well as Canada are seeing the wisdom of offering some sort of tax-based subsidy to attract the industry to their region. This provides a big boost to the economy as the cast and crew uses hotels, restaurants and shopping malls during their sometimes lengthy stays. This can easily translate into millions of dollars flowing into the system.

The now defunct hit comedy "The Office" filmed the wedding episode of its characters Jim and Pam in Niagara Falls. Tourists were excited to recognize them and to share their boat ride as they exchanged vows aboard "The Maid of the Mist" as it made its way through the waters at the bottom of the Falls.

Keanu Reeves caused quite a stir when he came to Buffalo to look at the region as a possible setting for his movie "Henry's Crime." He was allowed access to the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo at the same time that Federal inspectors were being denied access to investigate allegations of prison abuse. Reeves spent a large part of the winter in Buffalo as he is filmed for his role as a big-hearted man falsely accused of robbing a bank in Buffalo.

The movie "Unstoppable" starring Denzel Washington was shot on location in nearby Pennsylvania but a few scenes were filmed in Olean, New York which is just south of Buffalo. Denzel plays a veteran engineer who, along with his conductor, tries to stop an unmanned runaway train filled with toxic chemicals. The film was released in 2010.
Buffalo has a rich history of hosting movie crews. As far back as 1982, it was the setting for the movie "Best Friends" starring Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn. The New York Central Railroad Terminal in Buffalo as well as a private home on Summit Avenue in a middle-class neighborhood were heavily featured in the movie.

We all remember the movie "The Natural” released in 1984 with Robert Redford playing the part of Roy Hobbs, the thirty-something ball player who amazes his teammates with his ability to hit home runs. The movie used Buffalo citizens as extras, some with speaking parts, as they sat in All High Stadium, built in 1929 just off Main Street which stood for Wrigley Field in Chicago. The famous Parkside Candy Store near the stadium was also featured in the movie.

In 2003, Jim Carrey starred in "Bruce Almighty" as a television reporter working in Buffalo, New York. Early in the movie, Carrey's character turns on the TV and John Murphy appears on the screen. John Murphy, at the time, was the actual sports director for WKBW-TV in Buffalo.

Several more well-known movies might be mentioned here. In l995, "Canadian Bacon," directed by none other than Michael Moore, joins this list, followed by "Buffalo '66" in 1998. Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was seen in town in the spring of 2006 when he starred in "The Savages" with Laura Linney.

Yes, Buffalo has many reasons to be proud. Movie producers are attracted to our architecture, our lake, the nearby Falls, rural settings very close to town, and quaint neighborhoods in the heart of the city. Small wonder that they are lured to this welcoming city.

Sources:

The Buffalo News, October 4, 2009
Orlando Sentinel, September 1, 2009
www.wgrz.com, Buffalo, NY
ForgottenBuffalo@aol.com

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Architecture, Best Friends, Buffalo Ny, Denzel Washington, Economy Boost, Film Capital, Incentives, Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Niagara Falls, Robert Redford, The Maid Of The Mist, The Natural, The Office, Tourists

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I am a retired teacher/ administrator for the Buffalo School System. I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.
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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
14th Jun 2013 (#)

Yes the film industry is always looking for new, and better priced, destinations for filming.

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