Press Pass

A weekly discussion of local headlines with reporters.

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After a one month absence because of coronavirus, Buffalo Spree returned with a June print edition. The magazine arrived in subscribers mailboxes just as daily protests against police brutality began in Buffalo. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says she expects the upcoming July issue will profile some of the activists pushing for police reforms.


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As the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to affect all in Western New York, the news regarding flattening of the curve, the number of hospitalizations and fatalities has been hopeful and given us reason to be cautiously optimistic. That optimism extends to the film industry in Western New York, as Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark explains to WBFO’s Pat Feldballe.

Press Pass: Gardening, coronavirus and more

May 12, 2020
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On the few nice days we've had during the coronavirus pandemic, neighborhoods throughout the region were filled with people tending to their gardens. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says the recent cold spell provides clear evidence that it's still to soon to do any actual planting.


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The coronavirus has shut down the world with jobs lost and doors shuttered, including the film industry. In recent years in Western New York, we have seen the rise of an industry that many never expected to thrive here—film making.  With the arrival of the pandemic, what happens next?  No one knows, but Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark has some thoughts.


The coronavirus pandemic is keeping many of us at home, and that includes this week's Press Pass participants Mark Scott and Elizabeth Licata. They talked via Zoom. Elizabeth says the April issue of Buffalo Spree has been delivered to subscribers but that there won't be another print issue until sometime this summer.

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The film industry in Western New York, like most other businesses, has been shut down because of COVID-19. On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark talks with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe about the state of things, proactive efforts to aid the cause by members of the film community, and a suggestion for a movie available on streaming services made here in Buffalo.


Press Pass: Home design

Mar 3, 2020
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The March issue of Buffalo Spree explores home design. Five area homes are showcased, all of different styles. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says one is a small cottage in Allentown, built by a man on a small parcel behind an existing home.

 


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A major new film, Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley," began production in Buffalo this week. On this week's Press Pass, film commissioner Tim Clark talks with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe about some of the things that can affect a movie shoot in an urban area in the winter. Also, a tip of the hat to Tim on his election as the Association of Film Commissioners International board chairman.


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The changes in the workplace in the 21st century are many. We’re in a gig economy populated by freelancers and technology lets us work from home, automate processes, and create and market the written word, video and music on our own.  So what factor is helping to grow the film industry in Western New York while also managing costs? Good old-fashioned unionized workers. Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark explains to WBFO’s Pat Feldballe on this week's Press Pass.


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It's Christmas Eve. So on this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott and Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata talk about holiday lights, some things to do and the big New Year's Eve ball drop.

Press Pass: Eight young influencers in WNY

Nov 19, 2019
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The December issue of Buffalo Spree will introduce readers to eight Western New Yorkers under 40 who are doing interesting things in our region. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says she had help in selecting these eight young influencers.

 


Press Pass: Public art in Buffalo

Oct 15, 2019
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Public art is prevalent around Buffalo, everything from traditional statues to colorful murals. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata suggests public art begins with the bones of the city itself—its historic architecture and parks system.
 


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Borderland is returning for its second year at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora the weekend of September 21 and 22. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says the music and art festival has quickly become popular.


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Let’s say you’re making a movie and you want to film on the Grand Island Bridge. The only thing standing between you and your great scene is a little car traffic. So how do you do it?  If you are Paramount Pictures, you’re fortunate that the New York State Film Office is there to help. Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark sheds light on the subject on this week's Press Pass.


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The Erie County Fair begins Wednesday. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says her favorite part of attending the fair is stopping by the livestock barns to see the animals.


Press Pass: Albright-Knox Art Gallery expansion

May 28, 2019
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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery expansion project is awaiting final approval from city planners. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says people continue to weigh in on the design. As with any issue in the 21st century, she says social media is where people who object can be heard.


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Buffalo's Hamlin Park is an historic city neighborhood adjacent to Canisius College. The May issue of Buffalo Spree finds out why more and more people want to live there. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says the neighborhood is named after a family that once ran a horse racing track in that neighborhood.


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Three films with Buffalo connections are going to be shown this month to audiences at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. They feature Buffalo as a stand-in for Los Angeles, Toronto as a stand-in for Buffalo, and a documentary on cheerleading in the NFL. Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark discusses the films with Pat Feldballe on WBFO's Press Pass.


As more consumers shop online, brick-and-mortar retail outlets are struggling. That impact is being felt at the Boulevard Mall, which has been looking for a new owner to help it move forward. As Jim Fink of Business First points out during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, the receivers controlling the mall are now searching online for that new owner.


Press Pass: Little luxuries in Buffalo

Mar 19, 2019
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There's nothing like life's little luxuries. The April issue of Buffalo Spree, which arrives in subscribers mail boxes this week, explores such luxuries as listening to a vinyl record or enjoying a home-cooked meal without having to cook it. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says these luxuries are all affordable.


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.
 


Press Pass: Celebrating winter in Buffalo

Feb 12, 2019
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It's been quite a winter so far -- a blizzard, record high and low temperatures, flooding and a wind storm in the last two weeks alone. For many, winter is a time to head outdoors. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata celebrates winter, starting with a visit to Niagara Falls.


The emerging film industry in Western New York is just one example of the efforts being made by film commissions around the world to induce major film producers to do business in their locations. For this week's Press Pass, WBFO’s Pat Feldballe spoke with Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark about his recent trip to Los Angeles, his involvement in the Organization of Film Commissioners International, and Western New York’s rising profile in the eyes of major west coast film producers.


Press Pass: WNY’s Heritage Businesses

Jan 8, 2019
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There are dozens of businesses in Western New York that have been around for 100 years or more. Buffalo Spree introduces us to some of them in the January issue. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says she was amazed by the sheer numbers as she was putting the issue together.


Press Pass: Escape to Wellness

Dec 4, 2018

Life is busy. There's work and family. And this time of year tends to most stressful. The December issue of Buffalo Spree has some tips on taking care of yourself. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says most of us fail to set aside time for our own well-being.

 


As the holidays approach and the year comes to a close, Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark reflects on the activity that took place in Western New York this year and reassures all of us that yes, Virginia, a new holiday film shot in East Aurora will be making its debut on local TV soon. WBFO’s Pat Feldballe speaks with Tim on this week's Press Pass.


Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Women of Food

Oct 23, 2018
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Food is big business in Western New York, and according to the November issue of Buffalo Spree, women are playing an increasingly important role. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says women are well-represented across the industry.


Last weekend, a film shot here in Western New York starring WNY native William Fichtner, who also wrote and directed "Cold Brook," made its debut at the Woodstock New York Film Festival and won the prestigous Carpe Diem Andretta Award. Among those in attendance for the screening was Buffalo Niagara Film commissioner Tim Clark, who joins Pat Feldballe on this week's edition of WBFO's Press Pass.


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The town of Amherst is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Many view Amherst as a generic suburb, filled with big box stores, office parks and jammed four-lane roadways. But in this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says that characterization is unfair. She says Amherst has a storied history, dating back to the earliest days of our region.


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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