Lights, Camera, Action!
Updated: Oct 14, 2019
The True Adventures of Wolfboy filmed at Bedrock!
Fall of 2017, we received a call from Buffalo Niagara Film Office saying that a scout was interested in using the location for scenes of an upcoming American film directed by Martin Krejčí and written by Olivia Dufault. The film will star Jaeden Martell, Chloë Sevigny, John Turturro, Chris Messina, and Eve Hewson. Since this was uncharted territory, plus Buffalo going through its "renaissance", I was excited to learn more!
Fast forward to the days of shooting, i was able to meet the cast and film crew, and of course ask questions, since this was as foreign to me as the Director was foreign to Bedrock. I was told during the scouting process they originally intended to film the scenes at a candy store on the Catt-Rez and on their drive out to the Indian Reservation, the Czech-born director was admiring the shoreline drive of Lake Erie. That was when they cruised by Bedrock and the Director asked the driver to turn around. When they approached the building and parking lot there was something that told Martin Krejcí that he was at his location. Now we all have those gut instincts, similarly to mine to venture into the restaurant business, so scouting was a wrap. Now they are filming a feature film at Bedrock which follows a teenage boy who runs away from home in search for his estranged mother. Paul (13) is living with his father, and find making friends impossible. His condition is known as congenital hypertrichosis, an abnormal amount of hair growth all over his face and body.
Paul, looking for money to find his mother gets entangled with a group of other misunderstood teens driving across the state to help Paul. On their adventure, they get themselves hooked into a series of robberies for cash and food, or whatever they want from the stores they're robbing. The day scene at Bedrock is when they rob a firework stand at gunpoint and its quick getaway, and its evening scene is when the detective questions the activity that took place and potential whereabouts of the teens, until they here fireworks popping off.
Although this was a quick wrap, full day of production, two days to set up and take down, but what an experience! It was awesome to get a glimpse into a world i have never been. Meeting actors and film crew's from around the globe! Paths i would have never crossed and an opportunity to keenly listen to the directors process and direction. Plus anyone who knows me knows i love me some Czech! I am proud to announce that it had its world premiere at the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on July 2, 2019. And more proud of its featured debut at our Buffalo International Film Festival, #BIFF #Buffalove at the North Park Theatre, October 12th!
In the end, now having the opportunity to see it compiled, edited, and on the big screen my take-away/ message from the film was one we use often: When one chapter of your story closes, a beautiful one will always open next. #havefaithandthatfaithwillgiveyoupatience
Throughout the movie, there are beautiful illustrations of what Paul will be going through next to discover the truth about his origins and who he really is. Large mythological illustrations, deep reds and golds, Asian inspired dragons and its characters of Wolfboys' next chapter. So intriguing that i looked forward to them displaying to study the detail and its title. The True Adventures of Wolfboy is worth the watch, a beautiful story brought to the big screen, capturing a relatable story, and many recognizable parts of our Great City of Neighbors. Many thanks to the Buffalo Niagara Film Office, Rich Wall, and the others to make this happen, including me in the process and our summer house, and continue to bring Buffalo to the big screen. Cheers, Erica! #thetrueadventuresofwolfboy #eatatbedrock2020
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