Buffalo’s architecture and significant population of media talent have contributed to making it a growing city for film production. Within the past four years alone, Buffalo has been home to over 200 television and film projects which have brought an estimated $34M to the local economy.
The momentum in the local film-production industry continues with “Why I Murdered My Roommate,” a half-hour scripted comedy series that shot its pilot episode in Buffalo in the spring of 2015, employing 70 actors and production crew.
The series follows the character EZ (Tilke Hill), a renegade performance artist on the run. She’s desperate to tell her side of the story – how a search for female friendship led to murder. Told in flashback, “Why I Murdered My Roommate” is described as a dark comedy with off-kilter humor.
The series creators hope to get the franchise picked up by a streaming service like Vimeo, Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime with the intention to film episodes in Buffalo. This will add over 100 recurring jobs to our local economy. Included with the series is a video game (Buffalo Beauties), comic book [The Franklin Cronicles (sic)] and online performances.
Filming of the pilot was made possible by the support of more than 40 donors, generating over $35K.
Now in post production, the pilot is set to screen at the North Park Theatre in September. The series creators are selling VIP tickets to the screening, which includes a Q&A with cast and crew and exclusive access to an After-Party. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ‘Why I Murdered My Roommate’ production. There are also other opportunities to fund the series.
What: “Why I Murdered My Roommate” Pilot Episode Screening, Q&A
When: Sunday, September 27, 12PM
Why I Murdered My Roommate
A half-hour dark comedy series told in flashback.