Thirteen years ago, Buffalo native Addison Henderson came home to shoot his debut film, “The Forgotten City.” The documentary explored social issues and the murder of his best friend.
Now, Henderson has returned to make his new film, "G.O.D." (“Givers of Death"), expected to start filming here at the end of February. Before that, a launch party and fundraiser with Henderson takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Expo Market (617 Main St.).
Tickets for the fundraiser are $100 and include four hours of top-shelf liquor and food, entry into raffles and music by DJ Milk. Ticket information is available here.
"G.O.D.," written, produced and starring Henderson, delves into how a man, a detective and even a city search for peace: one through atonement, one through revenge and the other through resolution. The cast also includes Lou Lombardi, who was nominated for a S.A.G. award for his role as Edgar Stiles on "24"; Ari Barkan ("Gotham," "The Blacklist") and local nightclub operator JJ Alfieri, who can also be seen in the upcoming movies "True Adventures of Wolf Boy" and "Clover."
The production team also has some familiar names from the local filmmaking community including Trent Maurice Boling, Mac Cappuccino (who wrote and directed the feature film “Malaisia”), Frank Rossi, Kyle Mecca and Peter Trazz Johnson.
Henderson's second film, "The Experience," was made in Buffalo and Buffalo and Ghana, West Africa. He also has directed and starred in several short films, commercials, plays and web series.
Additionally, Henderson has been an adviser and personal trainer to actor Chadwick Boseman on the set of the Buffalo-made movie "Marshall," as well as the Marvel films "Captain America: Civil War" and the Oscar-nominated "Black Panther."