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The Last Days of Basic Cable: A night celebrating the art of filmmaking

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

In April 2022, FMS enjoyed an evening celebrating the art of filmmaking. This virtual event featured a table read by Tufts students of the upcoming film production The Last Days of Basic Cable, a story set in 1999 about recent college graduates on the precipice of the new millennium, navigating romance and life in a small New England college town. The virtual event included the screenwriters, Adam Wilson, A04 and Justin Taylor, as well as director Max Winkler and producers Albert Berger, A79 and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions, who discussed their inspiration for the screenplay and creative process.

The evening kicked off with an opening remarks from Dean Jim Glaser. Professor Tasha Oren, Chair of the Film & Media Studies Program and Noe Montez, Chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, provided an overview of their programs and the inspirational, creative work done by their faculty and students.

This event was presented in in honor of CJ Saraceno, A11 who tragically passed away nine years ago. Friends and family created the CJ Saraceno Internship Fund which provides financial support for a Tufts student to spend the summer interning at Bona Fide Productions (Albert Berger’s company). They’ve produced Little Miss Sunshine, Nebraska, and many other films and projects. Rosanna Xia, a friend of CJ's as well as one of the founders of the scholarship, also attended and talked about CJ and the impact that the scholarship has had on the experiences of many Tufts students.

You can watch the full event here:

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