Here's a different take on a coming-of-age story: set it during a blackout and see what happens.
That's the unique backdrop for "B.O.Y.D.," a movie from local production company Idle Entertainment that premieres Saturday in the Hamburg Palace Theatre (31 Buffalo St., Hamburg) and showcases the talents of young area actors, crew members, musicians and businesses.
Written, directed and produced by Matt Lorentz, the film stars Christopher Marriott, Christopher Scherr, Christopher Berchtel and Kyle Scritchfield as young men who are having a "quarter-life" crisis and depicts how a blackout changes their lives. (The film is set during the 2003 Northeast blackout.)
"These are guys who should have come of age five years ago, but they are stuck in a rut in their lives with dead-end jobs," says producer Bobby Gott of Hamburg. When the blackout hits, it stops their regular routine. "They don't realize the blackout is what's affecting their lives, but it is," he continues. "It's what knocks them out of their daily routine they were stuck in. They have to move forward. They have to take the steps to do something with their lives, which is a choice a lot of people are afraid to make."
The red carpet premiere for "B.O.Y.D." begins at 1 p.m. Saturday with a preparty in the Hamburg Palace Theatre, followed by the movie at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6. "We wanted to make it an event for Buffalo because Buffalo was so amazing to us," says Marriott, who plays Judd. "In any other city, this movie wouldn't have been made because the budget would have been astronomical."
The McKinley Mall, Hamburg Fairgrounds and Towne House Bar in Hamburg are among the many businesses that turned out their lights to mimic a blackout.
Another local connection: The soundtrack features music by such local acts as Broken Vibes, Josh Hogan, Evan Thompson, Wanted by the FBI, Stemm, Mick Hayes, the Donner Party, City Under Siege, Melissa Latimer, the Albrights and State Dependent Learning.
Idle Entertainment's previous work includes the short "48 Hours to Live," which won three awards, including best film, at Buffalo's 2010 "48-Hour Film Festival." It was then screened as part of "Filmapalooza" at the 2011 Miami International Film Festival and placed in the Top 16 films to be included on a compilation DVD for the "48-Hour Film Festival."
"You see cities like Tokyo, London, L.A. and then you have Buffalo. It's cool to see Buffalo in there with all of those big cities where the films came from," Gott said. Another coup: That compilation was screened (although not in competition) at the Cannes Film Festival.