Film commissioner debunks critique of city
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The City of Schenectady was a buzz when Hollywood stars and movie crews started production on the film "A Place Beyond the Pines" just over a year ago. The film debuted on Friday to some less than flattering reviews about not only the film, but also its depiction of the citizens of Schenectady.
A movie critic took to his blog to say what he thought. He said the film was unbelievable because two of the film's stars, Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne, are both "too hot to live in Schenectady." The same blogger also said, "There's a certain genetic look to the men and women of Upper New York State, and they aren't the kind of people who pose for magazine covers or star in reality shows."
The commissioner of the Schenectady Film Commission says no matter what the reviews are, the movie brought great things to the region and to the City of Schenectady.
"The fact that 2,000 local people were employed in the movie is not a bad thing. The movie itself dropped about $2 million into the local economy. So no matter how you look at it, it's a plus plus and because somebody doesn't like the Schenectady looks, there are plenty of cities I don't like the way they look, but so what? what does that mean?” Don Rittner of the Schenectady Film Commission said.
Rittner says it’s cheaper for production companies to shoot in the Capital Region. They get an extra 35 percent tax break. Rittner also reminds people that blog entries are not always factual.