Hollywood Comes to Queen City

July 17, 2012 Updated Jul 19, 2012 at 7:13 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 17, 2012 Updated Jul 19, 2012 at 7:13 AM EDT


Buffalo N.Y. (WKBW) - Buffalo's Central Terminal, City Hall and the historic grain elevators are all sites that draw filmmakers to the area.

"They see there is some tremendous visual attractions and it's a film friendly community," Western New York Film Commissioner Tim Clark said.

Clark said this area draws in dozens of movies a year and brings good things here.

"It brings millions of dollars to the local economy every year. They hire crew from Buffalo, eat at local restaurants and spend money with local vendors," Clark said.

Coming soon is a high-end movie called "The American Side". Clark said there are discussions to feature major stars including Matthew Broderick and Janeane Garofalo, and their appearance has been confirmed. The writer and producer of the movie must raise funds in order for the filming to begin in the fall.

"Buffalo and Niagara Falls have really great historic architecture, something you don't really see in other cities," Clark said.

Currently, there are two movies being filmed here. One horror film "Model Hunger"at McCarthy Park off East Amherst Street in Buffalo. Director Debbie Rochon said Western New York not only has the perfect location but there's more.

"The amazing talent in Buffalo. We have a lot of talent from Buffalo in addition to those flying in," Rochon said.

The last big-time movie shot here was called "Henry's Crime" starring Keanu Reeves. Although it had lukewarm reception at the box office, it did showcase many parts of the Queen City and beyond

"The atmosphere and the great people and the amazing film community is what brings us up here," Roshon said.