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BNFF's first fall session begins

If you didn't have enough of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival's indie film slate earlier in the year, then you'll be pleased to know a new fall session has been added, kicking off this weekend. Abbreviated to only four days of programming, there are still some quality films being shown, as well as a couple special guests.

After introducing the city to its new "Trial of the Stars" by immortalizing Western New York's own William Fichtner, Bill Cowell and company are bringing the controversial Tom Sizemore as the next celeb to have his hand prints cemented. In town to support a screening of White Night (the closing night feature at 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda), Tom will also partake in the ceremony to let Buffalo recognize his talent and contribution to cinema. With Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, and a personal favorite of mine, Strange Days, you cannot deny the effectiveness of his work, despite the off-camera escapades we've all read about.

Sizemore won't be the only celebrity sighting, however, as boxing great Evander Holyfield comes to town in support of the documentary Road to the Ring, which screens at 4 p.m. on Sept 24 at Buffalo Suzuki Strings Musical Arts Center, 4 Webster St. in North Tonawanda. Telling the tale of three amateur boxers' personal journeys, proceeds from the film will go to amateur sports, underprivileged youth, and the Holyfield Foundation.

Don't forget to check the full schedule at www.thebnff.com for more great films, including:

The Fields, starring Cloris Leachman and Tara Reid, plays at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Buffalo Suzuki Strings Musical Arts Center, and its description sounds intriguing: "A suspense thriller based on actual events that took place in a small Pennsylvania town in 1973. the film tells the story of a young boy and his family who are terrorized by a menacing presence lurking the cornfields surrounding their farmhouse."

Also check out Tin Can, (film still above), playing at 2 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Riviera Theatre. Filmed inside a barn in Vermont, this film sees its World Premiere in Buffalo and looks to be an intriguing cross of sci-fi and horror in the vein of Sunshine and perhaps Primer—another film shot for little money, but with ingenuity to spare. For more information on the film, visit its website at http://www.tincanmovie.com/.

The fall session of the BNFF starts tonight, so visit the website, buy your tickets, and enjoy the movies this weekend.

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