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Mayor Brown Announces Latest New Film Production in Buffalo, Extras Needed

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The following is a press release about the latest film production happening in our city. Since I’m always happy to highlight the exciting work of Buffalo artists and keep readers informed about events in our filmmaking community I thought it would be worth sharing. And since extras are needed it presents others with a great opportunity to contribute. I look forward to covering the production in greater detail in the future and being back in print for a special August issue of Artvoice next week, Hope you’re all enjoying the summer! – Jordan 

With a continued focus on creating opportunities for Buffalo and Erie County’s cultural economy and emerging film industry, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown welcomed the film cast and crew of Two for One to Buffalo today. The production began filming in Buffalo on August 2nd and continues through August 17th.

“Buffalo’s vibrant film industry continues to grow, providing jobs and opportunity to city residents and business owners,” said Mayor Brown, noting that so far this year there have been nine feature films shot in the Buffalo area, with over 215 production days and an economic impact that exceeds $10 million. “The City of Buffalo is committed to being a ‘film-friendly’ city and we will continue to welcome productions like ‘Two for One’ to the City of Good Neighbors.”
The film, directed by and starring Jon Abrahams (Meet the Parents, Scary Movie), is the actor’s directorial debut. Abrahams co-concepted the story with Michael Testone; Testone scripted. While many of the scenes will be shot in Buffalo, others locations will be filmed in New York City and Los Angeles.

The cast also includes Annie Potts (Ghostbusters, Designing Women), Erika Christensen (Traffic, Parenthood) and Nicole Elizabeth Berger in lead roles. Hometown favorite Stephen Henderson (Lincoln, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) has a role as a piano teacher.

Matt Quinn (the film’s director of photography) and Abrahams have been friends since they met in New York City as kids; Abrahams traveled to Buffalo for many visits, and was certain that the city would be the perfect setting for his film.

Locations include an Allentown residence, Buffalo State College Campus, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Marco’s Restaurant, Niagara Falls, Sportsmen’s Tavern, and The Lodge.

Two for One is being coordinated with the help of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission and plans to utilize an all-local crew while shooting in the area. Extras are needed. Email photo and contact information to westernnycasting@gmail.com if interested.

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About Two for One:
The film, a dramedy, has family relationships at its heart.

A young up-and-coming artist in New York City has his life and dreams forever altered when the tragic events of 9/11 take the lives of his two best friends and he accepts guardianship of the couple’s two young daughters. Now 11 years later, and teaching art at an elementary school, he raises the girls as if they were his own, but the financial grind to live in NYC is too much, so he decides to take the girls away from the only place they’ve ever called home and move back to Buffalo where he grew up. This “non- traditional” family now faced with change, new surroundings, and a new journey, must learn how to adjust to this new life, while trying to find themselves along the way.