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Film commissioners and screen industry experts from around the world will be in the Buffalo Niagara region next year.

This year, spring time is bringing with it some high profile actors and films to the Buffalo area.  At the top of that list is the decision by filmmaker John Krasinski to use the village of Akron as a site for the filming of "A Quiet Place 2." Meanwhile, several Western New York natives are taking advantage of the fertile film climate to produce new works for the large and small screen.


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If one Western New York-based State Senator has his way, New York will end its Film Tax Credit program. Another local State Senator, though, says while the state's tax structure is flawed, this is a credit that works. Both offered their points of view as an April 1 budget deadline approaches.

The arrival of spring means the continued growth of the film industry in Western New York. With the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission gearing up for an another active year, WBFO’s Pat Feldballe speaks with Film Commissioner Tim Clark about several upcoming projects. Among them, a perfect fit for springtime in Buffalo: a Christmas movie.
 


The filmmaking in Buffalo and Western New York has been a growth industry in recent years.  Major studios and independent filmmakers now see Western New York not just as a resource for interesting locations at which to shoot, but are now finding a growing pool of technical talent and support.  Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark talks to WBFO’s Pat Feldballe about what’s to come in the new year.


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Award-winning television writer and producer Tom Fontana returns to his hometown Saturday for the Downtown Jesuits Distinguished Speaker Series, beginning at 2 p.m. at St. Michael's Church in Buffalo. The Hollywood legend is widely credited with creating the gritty mix of humor and realism we see in modern, hour-long drama series. All this from the young man who worked at Freddie's Doughnuts while a student at Canisius High School. He also did not shy away from some non-Hollywood questions in an interview with WBFO's Marian Hetherly.

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As the world mourns the loss of Burt Reynolds, Buffalo residents can look back knowing the city played a small part in his long acting career.

As we transition into fall in Western New York, several major films shot here over the summer are wrapping up. The outlook for fall is the subject of today’s Press Pass with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe and Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark.

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The filming of an Asian-inspired horror film continues in downtown Buffalo. Work on the film is taking place across the region and creating dozens of local jobs.


The Park Lane restaurant is long gone, but its former location on Gates Circle is in line for new life. According to Jim Fink of Business First, Uniland Development plans to build townhouses at the site. The homes are expected to cost over $1 million.


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Film production activity has been going strong in Western New York and we are about to see a number of finished film projects shot in Buffalo and its surroundings appearing in theaters, on television and on the web. Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark shares the latest with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe on this week's Press Pass.


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A sold out crowd was on hand at the North Park Theater Saturday night for the Buffalo premiere of the movie "Marshall."

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It is proving to be a busy year for the Buffalo-Niagara film industry. Three major productions are currently shooting scenes in the area and a highly anticipated movie filmed at several local sites will be released next month.

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The Cuomo Administration is celebrating a milestone in the state's film tax credit program. It says one million hires have been supported by the program. While those jobs are mostly temporary, local individuals with close ties to the film industry say it is making a positive economic impact.


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Another independent film producer "is using Buffalo as his canvas," said Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark in describing the work of filmmaker Mac Cappuccino. Cappuccino and his crew have been present along Hertel Avenue as they produce "Malaisia." Clark chats about the project with WBFO's Pat Feldballe during his monthly appearance on Press Pass.


With trips to Los Angeles to visit film executives and the Sundance Film Festival in Utah now behind him, Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark shares his experiences with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe and talks about the effect the film commission’s out of town success is having on Buffalo’s home-grown” film producers.


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A Hollywood-based filmmaker who has already shot several movies in Western New York is back in Buffalo for his latest production. And Fred Olen Ray says he keeps finding new locations throughout the region, meaning his love affair with Western New York is far from over.


Some of the film industry's biggest producers and stars are not far from Buffalo this week, attending the Toronto International Film Festival. Some of them are being urged to check out this side of the border for their next project.


Buffalo now has direct plane service to and from Los Angeles, with the first flight out Thursday night and the first flight arriving very early this morning. Some believe the Jet Blue service will be an economic engine for Western New York.


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It's currently a satellite location within the Niagara Falls Public Library System. But the LaSalle Branch is proving to be a useful setting for makers of the film Marshall, and for more than just library space.


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A movie highlighting a court case early in the career of eventual U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall begins filming this week in Buffalo. And as one of the producers told WBFO in a one-on-one interview, additional stars have signed on for the project.


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The Western New York region and many of its landmarks are taking a leading role in a made-for-television movie, airing Saturday night on the Lifetime Movie Network. “A Mother’s Revenge,” filmed in Buffalo and Niagara Falls last summer under the working title, “Trial” at 8 p.m.

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A film about the late Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, will be shot in Buffalo beginning next month. A decommissioned downtown courthouse, along with some tax breaks from New York State, led producers to bring the production to Western New York.

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A film maker who used Western New York to shoot a holiday-themed movie, and then later a mystery-thriller, is once again in the Buffalo area to shoot some holiday spirit.


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The first non-stop commercial flights between Buffalo and Los Angeles will be in the air soon. Buffalo-Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark says it's an "amazing development" for the region's growing film industry.


On today's edition of WBFO’s Press Pass, Pat Feldballe and Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark discuss prospecting at the Sundance Film Festival, an upcoming film by a director making his third movie in Western New York and a music video shot in an iconic city location.


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On this week's edition of Press Pass, Tim Clark, the head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, joins WBFO’s Pat Feldballe for a look back at 2015, a highly successful year for filmmaking in Western New York.


On Sunday night, the ION Network will show "A Prince for Christmas," the film that was shot in East Aurora last winter. During WBFO's Press Pass, Tim Clark of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission discussed how the production offers another example of how the movie industry is flourishing in the region.


Buffalo International Film Festival returns this weekend

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A mix of locally- and internationally-produced films are on the schedule as the ninth annual Buffalo International Film Festival gets underway, beginning with cocktails and a memorial honoring its late founder Thursday evening.

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Buffalo is once again about to be a star, this time on a television pilot. And on Sunday at noon, that show will be screened with the producers' hopes they'll raise enough funds to push it forward and become a series.


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