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.
At least three blockbuster movies have been filmed in Syracuse in recent years. And it has people wondering if Syracuse could become a Mecca for filmmaking and production? However, the desire to produce more films here requires tenacity.