IMG_9620(August 15th, 2014) Millions of viewers around the world tuned in as Univision Network’s International Morning Show “Despierta America Live” broadcast live this morning from  the Prospect Point Observation Deck, in Niagara Falls State Park.

IMG_9390Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster presented correspondent Bermania Rios with the key to the city ,

IMG_9510The “Wing King” Drew Cerza hosted a a Chicken Wing Eating Contest with wings provided by the Seneca Niagara Casino, Maid of the Mist Tours was featured in a prerecorded segment, and  prominent WNY Hispanic leader Casimiro Rodriguez, President of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York recruited an enthusiastic to audience to share the backdrop with the majestic falls this special worldwide television event.

Univision Networks is the home for Hispanic families living the American Dream–the place where they connect with their culture. It is the 5th largest television network in the U.S.

The Buffalo Niagara Film Office is coordinated the shoot, and Maid of the Mist Tours provided access to their observation deck which served as the set of the segments.



Hickscover(August 13th, 2014) Buffalo, New York – Dick Johnson and Tommygun vs. the Cannibal Cop wrapped principal photography in Buffalo, New York. The film, an action-horror-buddy cop hybrid, was written by John Renna, who co-stars with Sam Qualiana. Danny Hicks, Debbie Rochon, and Timothy Patrick Quill are also in the cast.


Debbie Rochan(Left) and Sam Qualiana (Right back to camera).

“Working with Danny and Tim, and finally getting to direct Debbie, was a true honor,” says Renna. “The support we received from local businesses was staggering. Buffalo actively supports film and art, making a lot possible on a minimal budget.”

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Cast and Crew(L-R) Chris Rados, Danny Hicks, Sam Qualiana, Timothy Patrick Quill , and John Renna.

Qualiana plays Dick Johnson, a by the book detective who partners with rough around the edges Jeff “Tommygun” Thompson to track down the elusive and mysterious Cannibal Cop. Hicks plays their captain, who takes an active role in the manhunt; Rochon plays a police woman who holds the secret to the mayhem; and Quill plays Shabby Sammy, an underworld connection. The rest of the cast is played by Buffalo locals, and the rock group Pinky Doodle performs in the film.

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Erika Frase

“What we’ve accomplished on such a small budget is really remarkable,” says Chris Rados, who co-produced and co-directed the film with Renna, and served as its cinematographer. “There’s action, comedy, and a touch of horror to keep fans of each genre happy. Throw in Debbie, Danny and Tim, and I think we have something special.”

The filmmakers still need to shoot additional action and special effects inserts, but plan to finish their opus by the end of the year. Cheryl Clements served as executive producer through her company River Ridge Reels.

Follow Dick Johnson and Tommygun vs. The Cannibal Cop on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecannibalcop

Article written and submitted to Buffalo Niagara Film Office by Greg Lamberson




(August 8th, 2014) Principal photography for Dwelling, yet another feature film shot entirely in Western New York has wrapped.

DWELLING follows a young woman, Ellie (Erin Marie Hogan), who deliberately buys a haunted house in attempt to make contact with the spirit world. Driven by a horrific experience in her past involving her sister, River (Devanny Pinn), Ellie is willing to put herself and her family at risk to seek the truth. In doing so, Ellie releases a soul that is more malevolent and terrifying than she could ever imagine. DWELLING also stars Mu-Shaka Benson as “Gavin”, and newcomer Abigail Mary as young “Izzy”.
“This film will be an edge-of-your-seat experience unlike any in recent indie horror!” says Devanny Pinn.  “It was clear to me after reading the script for the first time that Kyle has a vivid and detailed vision of what he wants for this film, I had to be involved” Erin Marie Hogan.
This paranormal thriller is written and directed by a young, fresh talent Kyle Mecca.  Producers Brandyn T. Williams and Arlynn Knauff of BeWILdered Media Productions and Director of Photography Matthew A. Nardone of NDstudios are worked along side Mecca to create a beautifully eerie picture.

Shooting locations included homes in Lancaster, Clarence, Pautler Chiropractic and Wellness, Gates Circle Hospital, the University at Buffalo, 15 Fingers Interactive Ad Agency, Clarence Center Cemetery and the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center.


Dwelling also featured one of the first aerial shot in the area supporting a drone/RED camera combo.

Look for an early 2015 release for Dwelling on a screen near you.


WNY Native Scott Cummings named to Filmmaker Magazines 25 New Faces of Independent Film


(July 24th, 2014) Lockport Native, Saint Joe’s HS and UB Film Grad Scott Cummings has been named to Filmmaker Magazines 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2014.  Cummings is currently hitting the festival circuit with his latest short film Buffalo Juggalo’s which he shot in Buffalo, Lockport, and Niagara Falls in 2013.


Scott Cummings (center) on the set with cast (left) and crew (right) in Niagara Falls for Buffalo Juggalo’s.

Scott Cummings’ half-hour Buffalo Juggalos is straightforward about its title setting and subject and twisty about everything else. A series of minute-long shots executed with James Benning’s mathematical framing and juxtapositioned precision and Ulrich Seidl’s unnervingly unbroken gaze, it’s a rigorously staged series of tableaus of one of America’s most-feared subcultures making a depressed urban space their own.

Cummings studied experimental film at the State University of New York-Buffalo before realizing he wanted to gain tools for a narrative skill set and applying to the California Institute of the Arts. His 2006 short The Hesher, succinctly described by Cummings as “a guy abusing himself,” played at the Museum of Modern Art and other gallery spaces. “I made more normal narrative stuff, but I never liked it as much,” Cummings explains. “I was the only person in it, and I shot it by setting up a tripod.” – Filmmaker Magazine


Look for a Western New York screening of Buffalo Juggalo’s this year.

 Buffalo Juggalos Official Website

SHARKNADO 2 – THE SECOND ONE: Including Footage Shot In Buffalo

Sharnado2 (July 7th, 2014) Buffalo stealthily showcases it’s talented extras and downtown architecture as it doubles for New York City in Sharknado 2: The Second One, airing July 30th, 2014 at 9pm on the SyFy Channel.


Second Unit filming which took this past spring in Downtown Buffalo has made an appearance in the trailers and behind the scenes video for the latest SyFy feature confirming rumors surfacing at the time of shooting.

Look for footage shot in the Lockport Cave also when Sharknado 2 makes it’s debut at the end of the month.

Official Trailer