(November 27th, 2014) After 5 weeks of pre-production and 4 weeks of filming in East Aurora, Niagara Falls and Buffalo, “The Alcoholist” recently wrapped principal photography.
Working with New York producer Justin Martell, European based movie company Explorer Entertainment from Rome, Italy came to Western New York to lens this thriller.
Martell is no stranger to Upstate New York and the Buffalo Niagara Film Office. This is a return visit for him after realizing the benefits of shooting here while making Lloyd Kaufman’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High in 2012.
“The cinematic look of Western New York is stunning,” said Martell. “I love shooting here because of the varied locations, the cooperation and the people who make up this community.”
“Filmakers from around the world are taking notice of Western New York State and all of the advantages it provides us.”
“The Alcoholist” stars Bret Roberts ( The Night Stalker, Pearl Harbor) , Gabriella Wright (The Transporter Legacy, True Blood), and Bill Mosely (The Devil’s Rejects, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2). It tells the story of Daniel (Roberts) a chronic alcoholic, broken by the loss of his wife and child and obsessed with avenging their death. Under a false identity, he has taken residence in the house across from the man (Moseley) who took his family away in a car accident months prior. Wright plays a determined volunteer who wants to help Daniel overcome his Alcohol Addiction.
Many members of the local film community were enlisted as actors and crew and local vendors provided the necessary gear, catering and logistical support.
An April 2015 release is expected for “The Alcoholist.” It will first be seen in Europe and then hopefully make it’s way to America later next year.