DIMONDALE – Those who went to the screening of the new independent film “Buffalo” might have been surprised to see a familiar face.
Dimondale Village President Mike Chappell and his restaurant “Mike’s Village Restaurant” at 115 N. Bridge Street are featured in a scene.
“There’s a great shot of the place on the outside,” he said. “I had to close the place for a full day but I didn’t mind helping out.”
Award-winning Lansing-based director, writer, actor, producer and film editor Michael McCallum screened his latest flick, “Buffalo,” for a week starting Sept. 21.
The film was shot in various Lansing and mid-Michigan locations, including Dimondale.
“Shaken by the sudden death of his ex-wife, Roger steals a cab from his job and sets out to find the son he hasn’t seen in more than thirty years,” states the movie’s synopsis.
Chappell said he saw the movie at a screening on Sept. 23.
“It has a really powerful message,” he said. “I liked the movie a lot.”
The restaurant is a landmark in Dimondale, open for 46 years. Chappell said one of the customers is related to McCallum and it was suggested as a setting.
Chappell said he is seen walking across the floor in one scene and a waitress can be seen in another part.
“After seeing how much repetition goes in to the job I decided I wouldn’t like being in the movie business,” he said.
The movie is McCallum’s fourth feature film. Other films have won several awards at film festivals across the country.
As for the scene in the restaurant, Chappell said it was simply a conversation between two people about life and advice.
“Something that happens here everyday,” he said.