No plans yet for ‘Pines’ premiere

Proctors says debut date won’t work

Friday, March 8, 2013
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Ryan Gosling as Luke  in "The Place Beyond the Pines." (Focus Features photo)
Ryan Gosling as Luke in "The Place Beyond the Pines." (Focus Features photo)

— “The Place Beyond the Pines” is coming to Schenectady on April 12, but it’s not clear if it will debut here before its wide release.

Joseph Masher, chief operating officer for Bow Tie cinema, confirmed that the movie will play in the largest theater in Schenectady’s Movieland on April 12, when it is widely released across the country. It is possible that multiple theaters could show the movie and it could get a midnight release, depending on demand.

Time is running out, though, to schedule a local premiere before the wide release.

One possible location for the premiere would be Proctors, which was previously in discussions with Focus Features about hosting the movie. Those conversations appear to have hit an impasse, according to Proctors CEO Philip Morris.

“We were contacted but it appears [premiere] dates will not work,” he said in an email.

An email and voice mail to Focus Feature officials did not get a response on Friday afternoon.

Focus spokeswoman Adriene Bowles told the Gazette at the end of January that it was planning to host a local premiere of the movie in Schenectady.

The film’s director, Derek Cianfrance, has also been an advocate of a Schenectady premiere before the wide release.

Schenectady plays a large role in the film, as Cianfrance took part of the city’s history for his narrative. Buildings, streets and thousands of residents also appear in the movie, which is named after a loose translation of the Mohawk nation word that became the city’s name.

The city was recommended as a location by Cianfrance’s wife, who grew up in the area and lobbied for its selection. Also, former Niskayuna resident Ben Coccio wrote the screenplay and supported filming in Schenectady.

The movie is getting a limited release this month.

As part of the slow rollout, 11 still photos from the movie and behind the scenes were released Friday. The photos include all of the movie’s stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne.

Additionally, because Cianfrance has a background in documentaries, he aims for an added degree of realism. To achieve that in “The Place Beyond the Pines,” he gave speaking roles to dozens of local residents, featured Schenectady police officers, a city school district guidance counselor, a local pharmacy owner, an area banker and state Sen. Hugh Farley.

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