UTICA – The Utica Police Dept. closed off two streets in Utica, Tuesday, while a film crew works overnight on a brand new movie project.
Railroad St. and Division St. closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and will open around 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Filmmaker Anthony Owens and Lt. Bryan Coromato spoke about the protocol of closing roads for movies.
"First you got to have your insurance,” Owens said. “You got to make sure that if anybody trips over a light, you're covered. And you also want to make sure, like for what I did, I developed a relationship with the city. With Paul Buckley, who's our film commissioner here, and reached out to him before I was at the point of actually filming and saying hey, this is what I'm looking to do."
“Over the last few years we've seen an uptick in people coming here,” Coromato said. “Whether it be an independent movie or a more high end movie. They’ve asked for us to be involved, whether it be with security. There have been some where they've requested our police vehicles being in the film and officers be involved. So yeah, anything to help the city, and help people continue to come here and have projects here"
Owens is a native of Rome. He’s been a part of filmmaking for many years. Owens says he wanted to film a movie locally before venturing out to other cities.
The movie is expected to release in 2019. Owens says he hopes to have the movie released on a digital platform such as Netflix or Hulu.
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