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Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Thanks Upper West Side Residents for Hosting 'Tower Heist' with a Special Screening

The "Made in NY" film opens November 7.
Photo courtesy of NBC Universal.

November 4, 2011 - To coincide with the release of the new “Made in NY” film Tower Heist, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, in conjunction with Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, presented a special screening for members of the Upper West Side community, where the film shot extensively last winter.

Before the movie started, MOME’s deputy commissioner John Battista welcomed the audience and explained the important role the entertainment industry plays in the City’s economy. Tower Heist employed 850 people on its crew as well as 100 actors. The film’s location manager Michael Kriaris also addressed the audience, thanking them for hosting production in their neighborhood.

Included in the audience of the screening were constituents from Council Member Gale Brewer’s district, members of Community Board 7 and representatives from various City agencies who were involved in the making of the film. As part of the screening, several PSAs created by MOME were shown. The first showcased local New Yorkers who work in the film industry; the second warned that illegally downloading movies costs real people their jobs.

Tower Heist's location manager Michael Kriaris thanks the Upper West Side residents for hosting production in their community.
Tower Heist, which stars Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, follows a band of rookie thieves as they attempt to steal back the money they’ve lost after falling victim to a Ponzi scheme. It opens in theatres on November 4 and shot throughout the City during the fall and winter of 2010 and into 2011. The production filmed at many locations throughout the City, including at the Trump International in Columbus Circle, Riker’s Island, the Queens Center Mall and Roosevelt Island and even recreated a stretch of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, working closely with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and other City agencies.
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