Central New York will be home to another feature film, Governor Cuomo announced Wednesday.
â??Sweetwater,â?? the story of one of the first African Americans to play in the NBA will be filmed and produced in areas around Central and Upstate New York later this year, Cuomo says.
This is the second feature film that will have its post-production housed at the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries, home of The Film House.
â??Central New York is pleased to welcome the second major movie being brought to the region through the new nano film hub, creating more jobs and generating additional investments in the Upstate economy,â?? Governor Cuomo said. â??The story of Nat â??Sweetwaterâ?? Clifton is a New York story, and we are proud to have it filmed and produced right here in the Empire State.â??
The production will bring several well-known stars to the area, including James Caan, Nathan Lane, Brian Dennehy, Patrick Warburton and Ludacris.
Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, Chief Executive Officer and Officer in Charge, SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT, said, â??This is another example of how Governor Cuomoâ??s visionary partnership of academia and the film production industry continues to draw Hollywood and economic activity to Upstate New York. The talent attached to this exciting project speaks to the depth of the story, but with Upstate serving as the backdrop, New York State is the real star of the show. It is an honor for CNSEâ??s new facility to help bring this world-class storytelling to audiences across the country.â??
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, â??Onondaga County has a proud tradition of civil rights and basketball being home to Syracuse University and the 1955 NBA Champion Syracuse Nationals, â??Sweetwaterâ?? is the perfect film to be produced in Upstate New York and at our Onondaga County Nano hub. Thank you to Governor Cuomo and Dr. Alain Kaloyeros for making job creation in our community a top priority by locating this Nano facility in Onondaga County. Movies and projects like these would not be possible without their confidence and support.â??
The $10 million production is anticipated to create 150 full and part time jobs.
â??The Opium Warâ?? was announced earlier this year, and will be filmed and produced in Central New York.
Ground was officially broken on the Hub on July 18.