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Buffalo Unscripted: Filming Starts in July

In advance of the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference in Buffalo this October a production crew will be in town from the National Trust in Washington to film segments for a preservation oriented documentary called Buffalo Unscripted.  The film project is being produced as part of this year’s Trust conference where it will be premiered in Buffalo.  A similar film was produced in Austin Texas for last year’s conference. See some clips from that video here, here and here.

Here is how the Buffalo Unscripted website describes the project:

This July 16-24, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will hit the streets to tell the real story of the city that everyone is talking about. Through a series of meet-ups scheduled in neighborhoods across town, we’ll ask Buffalonians to go on camera to talk about the place they call home, its past, and its future. Bookmark this page and check back soon for our full schedule of filming events. Or, join our e-mail list and be the first to know our meet-up venues. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

After we mic you up, we’ll ask you a series of questions about Buffalo, its past, and its future. As the name suggests, nothing is off limits.

Help us spread the word about Buffalo Unscripted by posting about your interview on Facebook and Twitter. You can follow the conversation on our hashtag, #bufunscripted.

We’ll host a special screening event this October during the National Preservation Conference. Invite your friends and see what your fellow Buffalonians had to say.

Want to know more about Buffalo Unscripted? Interested in working with us? Have a venue you would like us to consider for a meet-up? Drop us an e-mail and we’ll tell you everything you want to know – and probably more.

In preparing this story I spoke to Jason Lloyd Clement, the Trust’s Online Content Manager and producer for this project.  He and his team are sincerely excited about this Buffalo project.  He noted that after their Buffalo scouting tour a month ago he was blown away with the high level of preservation energy in Buffalo.  He described to me a jam-packed whirlwind tour of the city and its many, many grassroots preservation groups and individuals. 

After the tour the film team decided they needed to double the filming time over what was done in Austin.  He described an exciting list of events at which they will be filming including some surprises which I am not allowed to divulge.  Their film schedule will be posted on their website soon. In the mean time you can help make the video even better by spreading the word about the project and encouraging people to get involved when the filming starts.  You can also get directly involved with the project immediately with your participation online.  Keep in touch with the film producers and start participating now via twitter and facebook.  They ask you to start responding now and answer these sample questions which you can respond to at twitter hashtag — #BUFunscripted. (describe Buffalo in one word, what should Buffalo save, etc.)

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( www.blurb.com ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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