Hollywood returns to Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The beauty and appeal of western New York is infectious, even in Hollywood as it seems, as producer and director Fred Olen Ray is back in town, filming another movie.

Director Fred Olen Ray describes western New York as the perfect place to make his newest film called ‘Trail,’ a thriller expected to be released in 2016. It was while filming another project this past winter that Ray fell in love with everything Western New York has to offer.

“You can’t get Niagara Falls anywhere else,’ Ray says, “you can’t get the subway, you can’t get the aquarium, you can’t get the history museum, you can’t get the hotels, you can’t do all of this in Los Angeles. You couldn’t make this film for the price that we have.”

And all of those locations and more will be used for filming over the next three weeks. Buffalo is no stranger to Hollywood films, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles filmed earlier this year, along with several others.

So far this year, there have been eight feature films shot in the Buffalo area, over 215 production days, with an economic impact exceeding 10 million dollars. This includes hundreds of local jobs created, and nearly 5,000 hotel rooms booked, including 3,300 for ‘Ninja Turtles’ alone. All great news for Buffalo’s economy.

This movie is going to provide a lot of opportunity for Western New Yorkers, and if you want to be an extra in this movie, send your name, age, phone number, and a picture of yourself to the e-mail address PutMeInTheMovie@gmail.com.

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