Preparations are underway in Syracuse to begin filming for the major motion picture, “American Dresser,” SUNY Polytechnic Institute and The Film House announced Thursday.
The multi-million dollar film boasts an all-star cast led by Golden Globe winner Tom Berenger (“Major League”) and Emmy Award Winner Keith David (“Community”). Writer Carmine Cangialosi will direct the cast of more than 150 actors and actresses, support cast and production teams, including local talent from Central New York discovered during two days of open auditions that drew more than 200 people per day. In addition, filming will create dozens of production jobs and generate significant increases in revenue for Syracuse area businesses.
The project is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s efforts to revitalize upstate New York’s economy and create jobs by partnering its burgeoning nanotech sectors with the film industry.
The story of “American Dresser” has been described as “Easy Rider” meets “Crazy Heart.” When faced with the death of his wife and the mounting strain it puts on his family, down on his luck construction worker and recovering alcoholic John Moore (Berenger) finds his only solace in drinking again. Then he discovers a letter his wife kept from him about a son born out of a previous relationship, so he decides to fix up and ride his American Dresser motorcycle out to California to find his son with his best friend and fellow Vietnam War veteran, Charlie (David), who is dealing with devastating news of his own.
Production work on “American Dresser” is expected to benefit local businesses, including restaurants, hotels, print shops, hardware and other retail stores.