If you're not familiar with local filmmaker Peter McGennis, click here for information on his latest film release called "Queen City". On December 30 at 7:00 pm, there is a New Year's Film and Music Tribute planned at the The Market Arcade and Hotel Lafayette. Starting with a screening of Queen City at The Market Arcade, the evening will then continue on to the Hotel Lafayette with a "Then and Now" tribute.
This aims to be a stellar tribute to cast, crew, Buffalo and the film and arts scene.
Come celebrate with Vivica A. Fox and the cast of "Queen City" on Sunday, December 30th. The fantastic gospel choir from the film will peform as cast walk down the red carpet. Immediately following, the blues is back at the Lafayette as Magic Slim & The Teardrops perform on the same ballroom stage as filmed pre-renovation. Production stills will be on display as part of a "Then & Now" Tribute to the Hotel Lafayette. Tickets are $30 and include both Queen City Screening and Magic Slim After-Party and are available at Market Arcade Box Office and website (tickets for An Evening With Magic Slim are $20 and available at Tralf Box Office.)
For tickets to the Queen City Celebrity Premiere and Lafayette Tribute call the Market Arcade Box 716-855-3022 or visit www.dipsontheatres.com
McGennis hopes the local audience will take the film as a dose of "cinematic therapy" and enjoy its loveable and mischievous spirit, as well as a slew of familiar faces, from Rick Jeanneret, to Lance Diamond and the Queen City Roller Girls. While Buffalo's history doesn't always prove to be the most pleasant subject matter, McGennis helps his audience to digest it with a sense of humor and appreciation for the city's enduring spirit. "I wanted 'Queen City' to serve as some community glue, some cinematic therapy, a little letting out some steam...one needs to step back and have a good chuckle at where we've come from since our nadir circa 1980 in the wake of the steel closings," he said. "I'm hoping a pie in the face tastes good, I've certainly taken a fair share myself."