The Northern PA Film Office

You may wonder what does having a Regional State Film Office located in Warren mean for our community


Ultimately, it could and should mean that we would be host to the filming of major motion pictures. Successfully accomplishing that translates into economic stimulation. It all requires making the world aware and being prepared.


For the most part, the film office will be busy working in the background to bring film, photography and the film industry to our communities and region not just once but as an asset they rely on. Many people will be totally unaware of the office. They may see a sign or a press release but day to day and overall the film office will go unnoticed by the local general public. But it will be widely known to the film industry and to those locally involved. This takes cooperation between the film office, the community at large and the film industry.


When a film does come to town most folks will not notice. That won’t influence a films local economic impact. Generally, a film’s economic impact is sizable and positive. Some of the businesses who could benefit from the many needs of filming include hotels and restaurants, drycleaners, laud-o-mats, office supplies, gas, nails, hair, makeup, health care issues, locations, crew and extras. When you consider the long list of people who worked on the film at the end of all films, one can understand the many ways a film can have an economic benefit to its host community.


The state of Pennsylvania can no longer rely on only Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as filming locations. The realization of that economic fact has brought about 10 new Regional State Film Offices including The Boonies’ Northern PA Film Office.


Our new film office in Warren serves eight counties; Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Warren.


We have a whole lot to offer. We have a whole lot to do.


Your interest and involvement is what we seek.


Contact Jeff Clark 814-730-7375


Here’s some information for you – it should help all of us to understand the potential reality of our area as a location for film making from major motion pictures to local – regional independent films.


Two successful independent films were filmed in Warren; one in 2004 and the second in 2008. The filmmaker was Jake Mahaffy the films “WAR” (2004) and “WELLNESS” (2008). Warren residents and actors made up the cast for both films. Many businesses were utilized as locations and there were a few locals as crew. Not many folks knew about it, some still don’t but both the films won big and claimed many awards including the Ken Burns Award won by “WAR”. Additionally, “Wellness” won South By South West film festival’s Grand Jury Prize. The films claimed dozens of awards and accolades at film festivals worldwide while receiving enthusiastic reviews in many other industry publications including Variety Magazine and Hammer to Nail.


While the budgets for the film were small, the filmmaker had many needs for the film and the vast majority of these were obtained in Warren. Some of Mahaffy’s film needs included laundry, food, props and gas. So you see, the needs are similar no matter the size of film.


The Denzel Washington film “Unstoppable” had 31 filming locations and a good number of those locations were in Pennsylvania. 4 of those 31 locations were in counties which are now part of the Northern Pa Film Office. I dare to wonder how many more PA locations could have been in our region had we a regional film office to assist “Unstoppable” in their location search. Most of us didn’t even know this was happening so close by and yet the economic impact was significant. Ah the magic of film.