The Buffalo International Film Festival suffered what could have been a fatal blow last year with the death of its founder Edward Summer. Instead, it will carry on for a ninth year this October under the aegis of a new executive director, local filmmaker Ray Guarnieri, and programmer John Fink. Their first goal has been to secure the use of the North Park theater, not only because of the size and elegance of the venue but for its location in on Hertel in a neighborhood that has a lot to offer filmgoers—shopping, eating, drinking—besides just a great place to see a movie. Their Indiegogo campaign hopes to raise $4,000, and the deadline is July 17—that’s tomorrow. Contributions are eligible for a wide range of sponsorship benefits, including discounted tickets and festival passes.
If you’ve ever thought that someone should be documenting Buffalo’s current revival, well, so have the producers of Buffalo Hates You Too: A Love Story. The title refers to our persistent national image as the rustiest of rust belt cities, an impression that those of us who live here know isn’t true. The film, with a production schedule of two years, plans to depict where the city has been, where it’s going, and the struggles it must address to truly recover. Its Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise $50,000, and ends on Saturday July 25.