Buffalo’s starring role as the setting for a mystery movie involving the missing work of electricity genius Nikola Tesla will be a “wrap” today.
The cast and production crew for the independent movie, “The American Side,” will complete their four-week shoot here, according to the film’s star and co-writer, Greg Stuhr, a native of Eden.
Stuhr said he and his colleagues will leave with only positive memories of how Western New Yorkers made them feel.
“We have a couple more things to do,” Stuhr said during a quick break Tuesday outside the Snooty Fox Lounge on Delaware Avenue near Allen Street. “Everybody has been so gracious to us and generous with their time. We’ve loved it here.”
Consider the feeling mutual.
“This is pretty cool,” said Chris Gurnett, a digital media student from Niagara County Community College who watched numerous takes of the Delaware Avenue scene in which Stuhr, playing a detective, steps out of the lounge into an old Dodge to pursue a couple in a black sedan. “I’m passionate about films. It’s what I’m interested in doing.”
Edward Kazdan was among the dozen or so curious bystanders.
“It’s an awesome opportunity to see how part of a movie is made and that we will eventually get to see on the screen,” he said.
Earlier this month, Matthew Broderick was in town for a couple of days of shooting. Janeane Garofalo also stars in the film.
Earlier Tuesday, before the Delaware Avenue scene, the film crew of more than 20 was on the 600 block of Ohio Street, shooting a scene in which a character, wet and bloodied, walked across railroad tracks, over a guardrail and along the side of the road.
“This is the second time we’ve had a film shot in this area,” said Dan Ivancic, marketing director for Advantage Trim & Lumber Co. of Ohio Street. “I watched Keanu Reeves as he stood on the railing of the lift bridge when they were shooting ‘Henry’s Crime.’ ”
When exactly “The American Side” will be released has not been publicized, but a website detailing the production describes it this way:
“There are three sides to every story ... the truth, the lie and the American Side.
“In 1943, inventor Nikola Tesla died penniless in the New Yorker Hotel. Within 24 hours, the U.S. government seized everything in his room ... but one design was already missing.
“Seventy years later, in Buffalo, N.Y., a brilliant young engineer has found it. And the only person she can trust is a low-rent detective with a pack-a-day habit.”
That detective would be our hometown son – Stuhr.