(October, 4th, 2013) Buffalo Native Ray Guarnieri screens his “Buffalo Boys” this Sunday, October 5th, at the Buffalo International Film Festival Screening Room location. Buffalo Boys is an Award Winning Feature Film, which brought home a “Best Film” award at the 2013 Manhattan Film Festival, as well as “Best Crime Drama” at the 2013 International Indie Gathering Film Festival in Cleveland, OH.
Inspired by a true story, “Buffalo Boys” follows the life of IAN, a 15 year old living in Buffalo, NY. After discovering the man who raised him is not his biological father, Ian’s world is turned upside down as he heads down a path of self destruction and murder.
His mother, MARY-ANN, refuses to name his real father, fueling Ian’s desire to escape suburbia. His girlfriend, LINDSAY, urges him to stay and work things out, while his best friend, DANIEL, continues to lead him down a violent path.
Together, the boys sell drugs to make money- until their dealer, MAXINE, offers an easier way to get rich quick…
In 2009, after the murder of the childhood friend from whose life “Buffalo Boys” is inspired, Director Raymond Guarnieri began revisiting experiences and writing the screenplay. Early in the process, fellow producer Mckenzie Trent and writer Elana Lott joined him and together they completed the screenplay over a 9-month period.
From the outset, The Better StirFry Team, consisting of Matt Tester, Jason Montalvo, Guarnieri and Trent, insisted on shooting the movie on-location in Western New York, both for the sake of authenticity, and because of the richness of the region in resources. In July 2012, the “Buffalo Boys” project was pre-approved for the NYS Tax Incentive for Filmmakers, making it the smallest-budget film ever to pass the high standards of the program.
The “Better” Team completed production of the film in 23 days in August 2012. Post-Production began immediately until the film was completed in late February 2013.
Complete Buffalo International Film Festival Schedule (HERE)