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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > July 2015 > Mayor Welcomes Hollywood Movie Director Back To Buffalo

Mayor Welcomes Hollywood Movie Director Back To Buffalo

With a continued focus on creating opportunities for Buffalo and Erie County’s cultural economy and emerging film industry, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown today welcomed Hollywood Producer/Director Fred Olen Ray back to Buffalo. He announced that Ray has returned to the Buffalo area to shoot an independent motion picture entitled ‘Trial’.  Most of the film will be shot in Buffalo with several scenes taking place in nearby Niagara Falls.

“Hollywood returns to Buffalo, providing jobs and opportunity to city residents and business owners,” said Mayor Brown, noting that so far this year there have been 8 feature films shot in the Buffalo area, with over 215 production days and an economic impact that exceeds $10 million.  “The City of Buffalo is committed to being a ‘film friendly’ city and we will continue to welcome productions like ‘Trial’ to the City of Good Neighbors.  We have great people, great architecture and landscape and wonderful incentives and supports in place to share with the film industry. I’m pleased that Movie Director Fred Olen Ray is among the growing number of film makers who have taken notice.”

‘Trial’ is described as a ‘thriller' which is expected to receive theatrical release in 2016. Earlier this year, Ray directed his movie “Small Town Prince” in the East Aurora area. It is a Christmas season film set in an idyllic small American town. Record snowfall helped set the backdrop and East Aurora business owners and residents banded together to display their holiday decorations in February to help set the mood for the film.  During that shoot, Ray was taken by the architecture, character and rhythm of Western New York and decided to bring another film to our area.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated, “Buffalo and Erie County continue to build a reputation as a good place to make movies, and the news that ‘Trial’ will be shot here solidifies that reputation even more. The word is out that Western New York can provide film makers with the places and people needed for successful productions, raising our profile and adding to the industry’s significant local economic impact as well. Erie County is a good place for business, as Hollywood recognizes, and we look great on the big screen.”

The ‘Trial’ shoot is being coordinated with the help of the Buffalo Niagara Film Office which reports that this movie is one of 5 movies being shot in the Buffalo area over the next 30 days.  Again, motion picture activity has exceeded 10 million dollars in economic impact to our region so far this year, with nearly 5,000 hotel rooms booked by out-of-town film crews who also provided hundreds of local jobs to city residents, presented new opportunities to city vendors, shopped and ate local establishments.

Regional Film Commissioner Tim Clark said “Fred Olen Ray has discovered the charm of Western New York, the talent of our local cast and crews, the affordability of Upstate and the New York State Film Tax Credit program. We are thrilled to welcome Fred back as a return customer who recognizes our community as a great place to shoot movies,” Clark concluded.

‘Trial’ will commence principal photography this Saturday and will continue to shoot through July 30th.  Anyone interested in appearing as an extra in the movie is encouraged to contact the production via e-mail at: Submissions should include: Name, age, email address and phone number.