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The film about a 1950’s world boxing champion from Canastota will be shot in Syracuse this summer.  “Basilio” will capture the life of Carmen Basilio who is also nicknamed the "Upstate Onion Farmer" and will be shot from August to September.  Syracuse University Professor of Film and the film’s Director Owen Shapiro says local talent will be heavily involved behind the scenes.

Syracuse International Film Festival

Film fans get a chance to take in the art and craft of other countries as the Syracuse International Film Festival gets underway tonight.  This year’s event will give audiences a chance to interact with filmmakers.

This year,  film buffs get transported to India for one of the highlights of this year’s festival.  Founder and Artistic Director Owen Shapiro chose works by Madhur Bhandarkar to show audiences something a little different.

Set photo of a camera man adjusting equipment at night
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Students working on a degree in television or film in Central New York will soon have access to unprecedented technology and training opportunities. This week, Governor Cuomo announced the formation of the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries, which should create at least 350 new high-tech jobs and 150 construction jobs in our area.The facility in DeWitt will provide a cutting-edge visual production technology and research center that will specialize in providing advanced visual production to the area's growing film and television industry. will rent space to startups.