Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, in partnership with The Bank of Greene County, Catskill Hudson Bank, Ulster Savings Bank, and Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan, announced the launch of Ulster County’s Film Finance Program. Over the short-term, the program will encourage more film, media, and television productions to select Ulster County as their filming location. Ultimately, the Program’s goal is to grow the sector locally and create more career opportunities for Ulster County’s youth and industry professionals.
With its simple, functional design, the Pilgrim Furniture Factory building had a modern — almost futuristic look — when architect Albert E. Milliken finalized his plans in 1946. Although such design elements may now seem retro, the former Kingston factory is ready to embrace the future.
Plans have been finalized to transform the building, now called The Metro, into a creative hub, tying in film production and other endeavors that will bring jobs and visitors into midtown Kingston.
Approximately 200 people both inside and outside the film industry recently came together to attend The Accelerator’s Hudson Valley Film Industry Conference at SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall in New Windsor.
The mission: To learn and share ideas about various aspects of the rapidly expanding sector in the Hudson Valley, including choosing career paths, finding film locations and partnering with film companies.
In July, 23 Hudson Valley residents ranging from a high school graduate to a 65-year-old retiree, underwent a “boot camp” for film and television crew work organized by Kingston-based Stockade Works, the young nonprofit founded by actor and director Mary Stuart Masterson.
Film Industry professionals partnered with the Orange County Film Office, Arts Council and Industrial Development Agency Accelerator Thursday to hold the Hudson Valley Film Conference. The conference was a way to invite those interested in the industry and the economic benefits it can bring, to have a place to gain industry advice, as well as work out the strengths and weaknesses of the region when it comes to large-budget screen productions.
Actor, producer and director Mary Stuart Masterson believes the Hudson Valley is a great area for movies.
That’s why she started Stockade Works, which focuses on bringing productions to the Hudson Valley as well as training people for the field. She said part of what makes the region special is its great locations, “That can double for everything from Brooklyn to a colonial town,” said Masterson.
City officials got their first glimpse last week of what the inside of RUPCO’s project known as “The Metro” will look like once it is constructed.
Kingston Engineer Scott Dutton, who is designing the project at 2 South Prospect St., has come up with a dozen or so computer-generated images showing what the space inside will turn into once the project is completed.Last week, Dutton submitted the images to the Planning Office which posted them on the city’s website.
When completed, The Metro is to house, among other things, a TV and film production center called Stockade Works that will be headed by actress and Dutchess County resident Mary Stuart Masterson.
Mary Stuart Masterson, whose Stockade Works aims to foster the potential of film in the Hudson Valley, called the $10 million grant “awesome.” “And I reserve that word for awesome things,” she said. “It is a vote for the future of Kingston, for the region and a kind of endorsement for businesses to say ‘This is a winner. Come here. .. This is an incredible culture of people.’”
By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman
POSTED: 09/05/17, 3:39 PM EDT | UPDATED: 4 DAYS AGO
KINGSTON, N.Y. >> RUPCO’s proposed multiuse commercial development in a former Metropolitan Life building on South Prospect Street is to go before the city Planning Board this month.
The board will review the plan for The Metro when it meets at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in City Hall.
The Metro is to house, among other things, a TV and film production center called Stockade Works that will be headed by actress and Dutchess County resident Mary Stuart Masterson.
Besides Stockade Works, The Metro is to have rent-paying tenants that RUPCO calls “makers,” which could include such craftspeople as chocolatiers, candle makers and handbag designers.
RUPCO, an affordable housing agency making its first foray into an all-commercial project, recently bought the former Metropolitan Life Hall of Records building at 2 S. Prospect St. for just under $2 million.
Stockade Works and other tenants are to occupy up to 70,000 square feet in the building. Already secured as tenants are local enterprises Chronogram and Steintex, according to RUPCO.
RUPCO has said The Metro will be a “community wealth-building” endeavor that “focuses on creating jobs while producing materials and value-added products/services within a community, instead of outsourcing those same products and sending hard-earned local dollars out of the region.”
“The opportunity to once again repurpose a fallow, vacant building — this time through a community wealth-building approach to bring a mix of creative uses, all with the purpose of creating local jobs and capturing local wealth — is very exciting,” Kevin O’Connor, RUPCO’s chief executive officer, said in a previous prepared statement.
RUPCO previously rehabilitated the Lace Mill building on Cornell Street in Midtown Kingston, creating living and working spaces for artists; and the former Kirkland Hotel at Main Street and Clinton Avenue in Uptown Kingston, which now has commercial and residential space.
The agency also plans to put up a residential/commercial building called Energy Square at the site of the shuttered Mid-City Lanes bowling alley on Cedar Street in Midtown Kingston. And it wants to turn the former Alms House building on Flatbush Avenue into apartments, though the agency has been denied the city zoning change that’s necessary for that project to move forward.
RUPCO purchased the South Prosect Street building through a mortgage issued by the Leviticus Fund. The total cost of creating The Metro is expected to be $14 million.
RUPCO plans to use a variety of funding sources, including federal New Market Tax Credits and state and federal historic tax credits.
The Metro was named a 2016 “signature priority project” by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, according to RUPCO.
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This July, Stockade Works ran a production “boot camp,” during which Hudson Valley residents learned how to read a call sheet and rig a camera. The camp was held at the unlikely location of the Unification Theological Seminary in Barrytown, N.Y., a campus and retreat center run by the Unification Church, the religious movement founded by Sun Myung Moon.
RUPCO has spent just under $2 million to buy the former Metropolitan Life Hall of Records building on South Prospect Street, which is to house a TV and film production center headed by actress Mary Stuart Masterson.
Daily Freeman: Mary Stuart Masterson, founder of Kingston film production center, promotes Mid-Hudson potential
Film and television industry professionals are expecting the Hudson Valley to be the next hub for “A” level productions, according to actress Mary Stuart Masterson.
Founder of the non-profit Stockade Works, Masterson said during a keynote address at the Upstate Venture Association of New York’s 2017 Annual Celebration on Thursday that her organization is working to root the industry in the region.