Buffalo Goes Hollywood

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 1:42 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 1:42 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - If you've seen the movie "The Natural", Buffalo plays a big role. Just last year, Keanu Reeves' blockbuster "Henry's Crime" also featured the Queen City. What makes these historic buildings so appealing for film producers?

"They're looking for a grittiness. It's a cinematic quality that portrays an older industrial city," Western New York Film Commissioner Tim Clark said.

Western New York Film Commissioner Tim Clark meets with movie scouts who are interested in bringing their films to be shot at places like Buffalo City Hall. He encourages them to do so in hopes to bring attention to the city.

"When I bring movie directors to town their surprised at the abundance of great old buildings we have here," Clark said.

One filmmaker who is not surprise with what Buffalo has to offer is Western New Yorker Peter McGennis. He is filming a new movie called "Queen City", putting Buffalo in a positive light.

"I see buffalo teaming with history. I don't look at it as past majesty, I look at it as a canvass for telling stories," McGennis said.

Lending a city's history to Hollywood is not a new idea. Gary, Indiana, a city basically abandon by time, charges $500 a day to lend their decaying buildings to art of film. Here in Buffalo, Clark said the city doesn't charge a location fee but benefits in other ways.

"What we do is get them here and get crews to spend lots of money in our restaurants and hotels and in our community. They hire a local crew and use local venders and caterers so the effects are astronomical," Clark said.

Clark said ten to 15 movies are made here a year making the Queen City into a shining star.