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Buffalo Hates You Too: A Love Story

A new documentary project will capture Buffalo’s journey from rust to renewal, directed by John Paget.

Buffalo Hates You Too: A Love Story

A new documentary project will capture Buffalo’s journey from rust to renewal, directed by John Paget.

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About the Film 

Okay, maybe Buffalo doesn’t hate you, but it’s pretty tired of being perceived as a hopeless, snowbound, rust-belt dystopia.

Decades of economic struggle have seen the city’s population shrink, its infrastructure crumble, and its civic self-esteem severely challenged. But now, in the midst of what looks like a genuine renaissance, Buffalo is picking itself up, dusting itself off, and looking its detractors right in the eye.

In many ways, Buffalo is a town that time forgot, a holdout from the increasing homogenization and corporate blandness that threatens the character of many American cities. Strange, beautiful, and often frustrating, Buffalo is something increasingly rare in American life – a real place.

Against the backdrop of a blossoming economy and major civic projects, Buffalo Hates You, Too: A Love Story will paint a vivid picture of where the city has been, where it’s going, and the struggles it must address to truly recover. By looking closely at the Queen City’s neighborhoods, citizens, and stories,this full-length feature film will open your eyes to a remarkable American city and the people who (mostly) love it.

This full-length feature film will be created for worldwide distribution. A two-year project, the film will help capture the unique character of the City of Buffalo, but it will also start a national dialogue about what works when attempting to revive a fallen city. 

About the Director

John Paget has shot, produced, directed and edited several award-winning and nationally broadcast documentaries on iconic American topics like Route 66, Elvis Impersonators and Alcatraz Prison.

Originally from Olympia, Washington, John has lived in Buffalo, New York for almost a decade. He’s made several celebrated short films about Buffalo, including Buffalo: America’s Best Designed City, This Place Matters and Buffalo For Real

John is excited by this opportunity to to capture the struggles and triumphs of Buffalo's journey toward resurgence in this new project.

About the Producer

Eric Porterfield is an Emmy-nominated film producer, writer and director whose recent works include 365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley. Currently, his work enjoys worldwide distribution via FilmBuff and Cinetic.

Eric is a graduate of Yale University and also studied film at Penn State before starting his film life in Chicago’s advertising world. His great, great uncle Wilbur was one of the Buffalo Pictorialists — which may explain his love of photography and Buffalo. 

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Adorable Baby and His Dog Photo
Adorable Baby and His Dog Photo
Hand Printed Poster made at WNYBAC
Hand Printed Poster made at WNYBAC
Hand screen printed at WNYBAC
Hand screen printed at WNYBAC
A director's chair from the set of BHU2
A director's chair from the set of BHU2

Risks and challenges

When making a film, the creative team will always encounter challenges. Because the film team includes professionals, Eric Porterfield and John Paget, we believe that our collaboration has the skill set necessary to navigate issues as they may arrive.

We believe that solid planning, strong communication, dedication, decades of professional experience, and the amazing community of Buffalo, NY, will help us overcome any obstacle.

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