(November 3rd, 2014) Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which runs this Friday, November 7th – Thursday, November 13th at the Eastern Hills Cinema, 4545 Transit Road in Williamsville, will recognize City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and J. Garrett Verreuter, Director of Operations at Pierce arrow Film Arts Center and owner of the Film Collective, for their efforts on behalf of the film industry in the area. Mayor Brown will receive the festival’s Local Service Award, previously awarded to Buffalo-Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark and Buffalo-Niagara Film Office Director of Operations Rich Wall, and Verreuter will receive the Local Hero Award. The Dreamer Awards will be held in the theater beginning at 6:15 pm on Sunday, November 9th. Awards will be given to films competing in local, national and international categories.
“Our festival supports the current growth of film production in the region,” says Gregory Lamberson, who co-directs Buffalo Dreams with Chris Scioli. “Mayor Brown voted in favor of the film production tax incentive as a state senator, and as mayor has worked with Tim Clark and Rich Wall to help facilitate film productions in the area. Garrett came to Buffalo to study medicine but became inspired by the possibility of a real film industry here, and has dedicated himself to helping develop that industry.”
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has a two-fold mission: to bring the finest independent films from around the world to Buffalo, and to spotlight the work of local filmmakers. This year’s event kicks off with the Buffalo premiere of The Romans, a contemporary urban take on the story of Julius Caesar, directed by Korey Green and executive produced by Larry Quinn, shot entirely in Buffalo.
In total, 70 films will screen over the course of the week, 19 of them features, including the spaghetti western 6 Bullets to Hell, starring and co-directed by Tanner Beard, and El Incidente/The Incident, a thriller from Mexico, written and directed by Isaac Ezban. Beard and Ezban will be among fifteen filmmakers traveling to Buffalo to screen their work for the festival. For a complete schedule, visit wwww.buffalodreamsfilmfest.com. For advance tickets, visit www.dipsontheatres.com.