(April 11th, 2016) The American Side: Opening at the North Park Theater April 22, 2016
Starring: Greg Stuhr, Alicja Bachleda, Camilla Belle, Matthew Broderick, Robert Forster, Janeane Garofalo and Robert Vaughn
Directed by: Jenna Ricker
Written by: Greg Stuhr and Jenna Ricker
A rapid-paced retro-noir set against Buffalo’s evocative architecture and the power of Niagara Falls, THE AMERICAN SIDE boasts a wildly eclectic cast and an intricately twisted plot involving the enigmatic genius, Nikola Tesla. Known by many as “the man who invented the 20th century”, Tesla’s papers were seized by the FBI within hours of his death in 1943.
Nearly seventy-five years later, low-rent detective Charlie Paczynski’s (Greg Stuhr)
raven-haired partner is caught in the crossfire of a blackmail scheme gone bad. He trails
the prime suspect (Harris Yulin) to the brink of Niagara, only to receive a cryptic
warning. Thrust into a world populated by a whiskey-swilling raconteur (Robert
Forster), strangely bonded siblings (Matthew Broderick, Camilla Belle), an eccentric
eavesdropper (Robert Vaughn), and a dubious government agent (Janeane Garofalo),
Paczynski unwittingly joins the quest for the story’s coveted ‘MacGuffin’: a page torn
from Tesla’s fabled missing notebook.
Shot entirely on location in WNY, and packed with nods to Hitchcock and classic noir,
and reminiscent of the conspiracy thrillers of the ‘70s, complete with a score by David
Shire (The Conversation, All the President’s Men), The American Side is a jigsaw puzzle
mystery, climaxing under the roar of the Falls as the final piece snaps into place.
Official Website here: http://www.theamericansidemovie.com/
North Park Theatre: https://www.northparktheatre.org/shows/700-pm-the-american-side-world-premiere/