Movie, "Roots of Niagara," to be Filmed in Niagara Falls
By Kay Stubbs
The publisher of the Niagara Falls Reporter assigned me the task of writing a happy news story each week. When I asked him how I could write happy stories about a city that is dead and flat broke, despite having one of the greatest natural wonders in the world, he replied, "Babies don't want to hear the truth. Give them a piece of chocolate, instead."
"What if I can't find any happy news in a given week," I asked.
"Then make it up," he replied.
The happy news this week is that a major motion picture is being filmed in Niagara Falls. It's called "Roots of Niagara" and will be filmed at the NACC on Pine Ave.
The film is about a mayor and his council who, with the help of an ambitious governor, get all the working people in the city to move to another state, leaving behind only welfare recipients, government employees, and a group of elite $100,000-plus per year department heads at City Hall. Everyone is happy in the end.
The cast includes:
Will Farrell as Gov. Andrew Cuomo;
Charles Nelson Reilly as Mayor Paul Dyster;
John Travolta as Kristen Grandinetti;
Adam Sandler as Donna Owens;
Eddie Murphy in a dual role as Charley Walker and Ruby Pulliam;
Paul Lynde as Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder; and
Al Lewis as Frank Parlato, publisher of the Niagara Falls Reporter.
The trailer features an exciting scene where the EEO director, Ruby "Don't Stay in Town" Pulliam, is at a taxpayer-funded getaway/EEOC conference in Zurich, Switzerland, and tries to buy a $38,000 purse, but the sales girl won't wait on her because she's from Niagara Falls.
Another scene features the Seneca Nation president, who, because of his race, is allowed to be the richest man in town. He orders the governor to sit down, shut up, and make sure he gets a monopoly on gaming in the city, so that people on welfare can have a place to lose their surplus money.
A great cast and plot, directed with panache.
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Mar 11, 2014