Reeves’ film plans scene at restaurant
by Janice L. Habuda
The Village of Kenmore is poised for another moment in the spotlight.
Actually, this time, it will be a klieg light.
Some of the local shooting for “Henry’s Crime,” a feature film starring and produced by Keanu Reeves, will occur in the village, Police Chief Carl J. LaCorte announced during Tuesday’s work session of the Village Board.
“I think it will be a very good thing for the Village of Kenmore,” LaCorte said. “We will assist them in any way we can.”
The romantic comedy will feature Reeves as a bighearted man falsely accused of robbing a Buffalo bank.
LaCorte said he was told that the film’s main characters, including Reeves and James Caan, will shoot a scene in or near Jinlan Chinese Restaurant at Delaware and Parkwood avenues. “I don’t know if they’re shooting inside or outside,” the chief said.
Though he didn’t have a specific date, LaCorte said he believes that it will be sometime this month. Additional filming is planned in Buffalo and New York City.
The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda area found itself in the national spotlight twice earlier this fall.
In October, a national planning organization named Kenmore one of the 10 “Great Neighborhoods” in the United States.
And last month, BusinessWeek magazine ranked the town, which includes the village, as the best place in New York State to raise children.
During the Village Board’s regular meeting Tuesday night, Trustees Salvatore “Sam” Muscarella and Paul P. Catalano took the oath of office, as did Village Justice Scott F. Riordan. All three were re-elected to four-year terms last month.
The board also approved the appointment of David Lewandowski, a 13-year veteran of the Kenmore Police Department, to the job of detective. Further, Lewandowski was appointed a court officer for Village Court; both appointments are effective Dec. 21.
Photo Caption: Actor Keanu Reeves stops to sign an autograph for Andrea Krupa of Wheatfield as he walks through the Buffalo Niagara International Airport terminal on his way to catch a flight on Nov. 20, 2009. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)