"A Diamond in the Buff," the documentary of the late Buffalo entertainer Lance Diamond, will premiere at 7 p.m. July 20 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.).
Directed by Kevin Polowy, a Los Angeles via Buffalo resident who's currently a host at Yahoo Movies, and Brandon Rae, the film began production in 2015 shortly after Diamond's death. It chronicles the life of the hard-working entertainer whose refusal to leave his hometown for the possibility of greater things cemented his legacy as a local legend.
"After years of working on this project, we are beyond thrilled to finally unveil the incredible true story of local legend Lance Diamond to audiences," Polowy, a North Buffalo native, said in a statement. "We can’t wait for Buffalo to see it. It’s not only a celebration of Lance Diamond’s legacy, but it really captures the essence of the city and its people.
"Ultimately it’s a love story between Lance and Buffalo.”
The screening will be preceeded by a red carpet ceremony featuring appearances by the film's directors, Diamond's family and other VIP guests. Following the film, a Q&A session will be conducted with Polowy and Rae.
At 9:30 p.m., an official afterparty will be hosted at Diamond's home base venue of the Elmwood Lounge (now known as Milkie's on Elmwood). Admission will be free to movie ticket holders and $5 to those who did not attend the screening. The party will feature performances by a number of Diamond collaborators. A full musical lineup is forthcoming.
Tickets to the screening are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and can be purchased the North Park's website. Further screening details can be found here.