A new movie filmed in Syracuse is now showing at a virtual film festival.
“Paper Spiders” is making its New York state premiere at the Buffalo International Film Festival this weekend. NYS residents can watch the film by buying a virtual pass Oct. 8-12. Prices start at $8; a pass will unlock the film for four days and once you start watching, you’ll have 48 hours to finish.
The movie is described as a bittersweet coming-of-age story focused on a high school student’s senior year being turned upside down when her mother begins to suffer from a mental illness.
Emmy-nominated actress Lili Taylor (“Say Anything,” “Mystic Pizza,” “American Crime”) stars in the film opposite Stefania LaVie Owen (“The Carrie Diaries”), Peyton List (“Cobra Kai”), Max Casella (“The Sopranos”), Tom Papa (“The Marriage Ref”), Ian Nelson (“The Hunger Games”), and David Rasche (“Men in Black 3″).
Inon Shampanier directs on a script co-written with Natalie Shampanier. The BIFF screening includes the 110-minute film and a Q&A with the filmmaker.
The film is produced by Ash Christian and Anne Clements under Cranium Entertainment. Christian died in August at age 35.
“Paper Spiders” filmed entirely in Central New York in May 2019, with scenes at the Greater Syracuse Soundstage (formerly known as the film hub in DeWitt), the B’ville Diner, the Red Mill Inn, a Thrifty Shopper store, and two bars in Armory Square, Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge and the Syracuse Suds Factory.
“Syracuse is a beautiful city that is so rich in character,” Inon Shampanier told Anthem Magazine. “We’ve received great support from film commissioner Eric Vinal, from the city and the community.”
Shampanier said the soundstage was used as a production office and for multiple indoor sets, “including a room in which one character hallucinates on drugs, and we’ll be moving wild walls around her, playing with mirror reflections and distortions, etc. It’s going to be fun.”
The movie previously premiered at the Dances With Films Festival in L.A., held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic in late August.
A nationwide release date for “Paper Spiders” has not been announced.
Other movies shot in Syracuse in recent years include “Gabriel’s Inferno,” “Odd Man Rush,” “The Night House” (which sold for $12 million at the Sundance Film Festival in January) and seven films from American High, such as “The Binge,” “Holly Slept Over,” “Banana Split,” “Big Time Adolescence,” and “Looks That Kill.”
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