Updated: Monday, 12 Nov 2012, 6:10 PM EST
Published : Monday, 12 Nov 2012, 5:58 PM EST
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Nichols Ice Rink in Buffalo is the set for the opening of Peter McGennis's next film, "Bubble Girl."
McGennis grew up in the area and likes to feature Buffalo in his films and highlighting the elements that he feels makes the Queen City great. The film centers on a young girl who overcomes a childhood illness, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute is featured.
"This is really a story about inspiration and hope; it's a story about community, the healing power of the imagination. It pays respect to the kids of Roswell and the caregivers of Roswell. I try to do that. Honor parts of the society and part of the community," McGennis said.
Monday's shoot set up the opening montage and featured local actors, kids and parents as extras.
"Well, it's for Roswell. My sister, my only sibling, died of breast cancer some years ago and they were wonderful to her. Anything I can do to help in the research program I feel I'm doing it for her," said Diane Cammarata, a local actress.
Nicholle Felix, who played an extra in the crowd, said, "It actually is really exciting. It's really cool to be actually in it and see the movie and say that is my three seconds of fame."
Abigail Hawk stars as one of the film's main characters. Monday was her first visit to Buffalo.
"The food has been remarkable. I have had sushi at Sea Bar. The beef on Weck was probably one of the greatest things I have ever had. And I come from New York, where sushi is really good, but this was my favorite sushi ever. Went to the Spot and had a cup of coffee and I tried the Chocolate Bar today. I've been enjoying the food; it's delicious," Hawk said.
The actress who is known for her role in Blue Bloods said she is saving a visit to Niagara Falls for the spring, when her family can join her.
McGennis said he expects "Bubble Girl" to come out sometime in 2014. "Queen City," McGennis's previous film, is coming out this week and features the musical history of the area.