JANUARY IS ABOUT REFLECTING on the past year, but
also looking ahead. And for Buffalo cinephiles, there is much to
look forward to. Certainly, 2018 had some noteworthy highlights,
including the opening of the AMC Market Arcade downtown and
the release of the Buffalo-shot First Purge.
What can we expect in 2019? Some wonderful things, kids.
Here are some reasons I’m thrilled to start the year. (Note that this
is a special edition of Spree’s “Coming Attractions” column; for
the usual rundown of the month’s screening highlights, as well as
an expanded version of this column with even more highlights,
The release of Gregory Lamberson’s Widow’s Point
There’s no Buffalo-based filmmaker more prolific than Gregory
Lamberson, the writer-director known for genre faves like Killer
Rack and Johnny Gruesome. (He’s also a codirector of the popular
annual Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival.) In 2019, his most
high-profile effort to date, Widow’s Point is set for release.
There’s already major buzz around this supernatural horror
story starring Craig Shaffer (A River Runs Through It). Lamberson
recently discussed the film, and its recent high-profile photo
BY CHRISTOPHER SCHOBERT
WIDOW’S POINT, POST-COLONIALISM ONSCREEN, AND THE RETURN OF BFS AND BIFF HAVE
LOCAL CINEMA FANS EXCITED FOR 2019
preview in Entertainment Weekly. (Visit facebook.com/
WidowsPointMovie for updates on the film.)
When will audiences have a chance to see Widow’s Point?
We shot in August, and plan to be finished in December or
January—a fast turnaround. We’ll make a determination then
whether we want to seek distribution right away or try to get into
a major festival first.
How exciting was it to premiere photos in Entertainment
I’ve been making and working on low-budget films for
thirty-four years now, and this is the first time a project of mine
has received that sort of mainstream coverage. The film was also
announced in Variety. It’s good for the ego to receive that kind of
recognition, but, more important, it should help us secure a good
You’ve shot many films locally. What made Buffalo the right
shooting location for Widow’s Point?
I’m a family man, so I make movies where I live. My wife,