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'American Side' debuts at the North Park Theatre

The Buffalo-made film noir “The American Side” has its world premiere at 7 p.m. April 22 in the North Park Theatre.

The indie mystery, filmed here in 2013, features a tangled plot involving a missing Nikola Tesla design, and has starring roles for iconic local backdrops including the mansion rooms of the Buffalo Club and Kleinhans Music Hall’s curving facade.

The film, written by and starring Eden native Greg Stuhr, features a cast of well-known actor, including Matthew Broderick, Janeane Garofalo and Robert Vaughn.

For the premiere at the the North Park at least three actors will be in attendance:

Grant Shaud (“Murphy Brown, plays a professor; Buffalo character actor Joe Grifasi appears as the Serb, and Tony-nominated actor and University at Buffalo professor Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Lincoln,” “Tower Heist”), who plays a Niagara Falls expert. Director Jenna Ricker worked to capitalize on Buffalo settings for film scenes, like a chase on the steps at the Cave of the Winds. She was particularly pleased about showing the movie at the recently restored North Park.

“It’s kind of a dream for a filmmaker to have a film in a theater like that. There’s that majestic feel to it. It’s grand. It really feels like coming to to an event,” said Ricker, who co-produced the movie with Stuhr and Jonathan Shoemaker.

Ricker, Stuhr and Shoemaker will join the actors after the premiere for a question-and-answer session. “You can come watch it and critique us afterward if you like,” said Stuhr.

Tickets are $9.50 through the North Park box office. The film will then be shown at the North Park multiple times daily April 23 through 28.


"American Side"

When: Debuts at 7 p.m. April 22 (runs from April 23 to 28)

Where: North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.)

Cost: $9.50 through North Park's box office


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