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New Film Set in Niagara Falls, Ontario; Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon Star in "The Art of the Steal"

Cast of the Art of the Steal, filmed in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

A comedy movie set against the backdrop of Niagara Falls, Ont., starring Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon as half brothers who are art thieves, was released March 14 and is currently being shown in theaters across the U. S. and Canada. The film, The Art of the Steal, was written, directed and produced by Jonathan Sobol of Niagara Falls, Ont.. The plot centers around a plan to steal a 15th century Gutenberg Bible valued at $20 million held in a vault at the Canadian customs station. The cast includes Jay Baruchel, Kenneth Welsh, Chris Diamantopoulos, Katheryn Winnick, Jason Jones and Terrence Stamp. Originally known under its working title, The Black Marks, the film was shot at several locations across the border in Niagara Falls, Toronto and Hamilton. It is 90 minutes long, and rated R for profanity and sexual references.

Sobol's first movie, The Beginner’s Guide to Endings (2010), starring Harvey Keitel, Tricia Helfer and Scott Caan, was also filmed largely in Niagara Falls, Ont..

“If it occurs to me to set the movie in Niagara Falls, I’ll set it there,” Sobol said. “I spent the first 18 years of my life in Niagara Falls. They’re becoming increasingly open and receptive to shooting, and bringing more film production to the Niagara region; especially in the off-season, it will be a big boost.”

Sobol said Niagara Falls is conveniently located near the Canadian film capital of Toronto, but does not have Toronto’s hefty production costs. “There are a lot of the bonuses that film productions look for right here in Niagara Falls,” Sobol said. “I’d be happy to shoot here again, even if (the story) is not actually set in Niagara Falls.”



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Mar 18, 2014