It doesn’t get any more “Buffalo” than watching Buffalo ’66 at the North Park Theatre. The film by Vincent Gallo is a Buffalo classic that should be seen multiple times by any respectable Buffalo lover. Not that the film depicts Buffalo in the best possible light… it’s more that the film depicts Buffalo in a real light – not glamorous, not overly broke down… simply a post-industrial city that has not yet experienced any resemblance of a renaissance.
For years people asked me if I hated the film. “Just the opposite,” I would answer. To me, the artistic nature of the film spoke to the pent up power and possibilities that would one day be tapped. We’re talking about the city that inspired and honed the skills of DiFranco, Takac, Rzeznik and Gallo. And while they might not live here anymore (except Takac and sometimes Rzeznik for a spell), they all have ties to Buffalo that they will never be able to undo – Ani’s church, Gallo’s film. Yes, Gallo might have issues with Buffalo, some of which can be found in Buffalo ’66, but he can’t deny that the city got under his skin and into his blood.
It’s an interesting juxtaposition to be able to see a screening of Buffalo 66 inside the newly refurbished North Park Theatre. As the city continues to rise, there will always be iconic reminders of our seedy past, as brought to us by the likes of Gallo. I bet that if you were to ask Gallo (he probably wouldn’t even answer) if he would rather have a new and shiny Buffalo over a gritty Buffalo, he would choose the latter. He will continue to live in a swank cosmopolitan cities (rarely looking back), though he will always have Buffalo’s gritty skeletal building blocks somewhere deep within that will afford him the ability to understand a wider breadth of society and humanity.
Seventeen years later, after much demand, the North Park Theatre and Buffalo Spree magazine are proud to bring this local treasure home to Buffalo audiences. Hosting the screening will be Buffalo’s favorite Professor of Pop Culture, UB’s David Schmid. The professor will offer some background on the film and lead what promises to be an EXTREMELY lively discussion!
Buffalo ’66 – Vincent Gallo’s Landmark 1998 Film Returns to the North Park Theatre! Presented by Buffalo Spree
7:00 PM | Thursday April 2, 2015 | See Facebook event
Tickets $10.50 online, $9.50 at the door.