"The First Purge" won't be the last time Buffalo is in the movie spotlight. Currently there are two movies in different stages of production here right now - "Bashira" and "Crown Vic" - with a steady stream of news coming in on other features filmed in the area recently.
Lockport native Mac Cappuccino is excited to be getting closer to showing his feature film "Malaisia," which he filmed here in 2017. Cappuccino has since completed the film, finishing post-production sound work in the spring at GCR Audio.
“Buffalo, is for me, the only place I can think about shooting,” Cappuccino said. “When I’m writing or someone sends me a script, I always find myself comparing locations from the story to locations I know in Buffalo. Truthfully, it’s because I’m lazy by nature and the crew and support here just made it easy.
"When it comes to making movies, everyone here just gets it. GCR, ND Studios, the Film Commission, I could go on, or you could just come and see the credits of my movie once I find someone to buy it.”
Here’s a look at what else is happening on the Buffalo movie scene.
“Bashira." This horror thriller about two musicians who are haunted by nightmares and visions that intrude on their waking lives is currently in preproduction and will start filming here in July. It's directed by Nickson Fong and stars Liam Aiken ("A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Stepmom") and Kiki Sukezane ("Lost in Space," "Heroes Reborn").
“Crown Vic.” Drama about a rookie police offer and season veteran during one brutal night, “Crown Vic” is expected to continue filming through July 16. It is written and directed by Joel Souza and stars Thomas Jane, Luke Kleintank and Laurence Fishburne. Line producer Alyson Latz was previously here to film “The American Side” in 2013.
“Catcher in the Rye with Diamonds.” Local musician and filmmaker Greg Sterlace collaborated with his wife, Paula Wachowiak, on this documentary about Mark David Chapman. It focuses on the three days Chapman walked around New York City believing he was living in J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye," before murdering John Lennon. It will premiere at 11:30 a.m. July 28 at the North Park Theatre.
“Clover.” Two brothers go on the run to protect a teenager who witnessed a murder in this film directed by and starring Jon Abrahams who previously filmed “Two for One” here in 2015. Also starring Erika Christensen, Mark Webber and Chazz Palminteri. Release date is TBA.
“Cold Brook.” Buffalo's favorite native son, William Fichtner, spent the summer of 2017 here filming his directorial debut, which he also stars in and produced. Currently in post-production.
“Crossbreed.” Sci-fi thriller directed by Brandon Slagle stars Vivica A. Fox as the President of the United States dealing with an alien bio-weapon. Daniel Baldwin co-stars. Locations included City Hall. An announcement is expected on distribution.
“Deadly Shores.” Director Fred Olen Ray loves to make movies in Buffalo. This thriller is about a new bride who moves to a remote island with her mystery writer husband, who may have a few secrets. Filmed at the 30 Mile Point Lighthouse in Barker, as well as Bemus Point, Lewiston and Buffalo. Starring Carly Schroeder, Philip P. Keene and Henry LeBlanc. It is being distributed by MarVista Entertainment.
“Dwelling.” Kyle Mecca’s well-received horror film can now be seen worldwide in the United Kingdom, Spain, China, German (dubbed version), on Demand and available to rent or buy via Amazon/Amazon Prime.
“Fiance Killer.” Here's another film by Fred Olen Ray. Kari Wuhrer and Felisha Cooper star in drama about a mother who has doubts about her daughter’s new boyfriend – especially as she’s about to come into a large inheritance. It was filmed around the area in Buffalo, North Tonawanda, Eden and Derby. It recently premiered on Lifetime Movie Network.
“Johnny Gruesome.” Local author and filmmaker Greg Lamberson's adaptation of his horror novel should be available in October on DVD and pay-per-view.
“Malaisia.” Dark indie comedy written, produced and directed by Lockport native Mac Cappuccino. Expect to hear news soon on distribution.
"The True Adventures of Wolfboy." Martin Krejci directed John Turturro, Jaeden Lieberher and Chloe Sevingny in this coming-of-age drama shot here in September 2017. Release date is TBA.