Kingston-based Stockade Works — co-founded by actress and Dutchess resident Mary Stuart Masterson — is inviting Hudson Valley residents to apply for a “boot camp” training program for jobs in film and television production and post-production. The initiative is a partnership with HBO.
In the last two months, nearly 20,000 tickets have been sold for a movie that highlights scenic settings in Dutchess County.
The region's film industry has boomed in the last year, with the worldwide release of "A Quiet Place," and dozens of other productions that have injected money into the local economy and provided jobs for residents.
The possibility for an area resident to break into the film industry is one of several topics that will be discussed on Tuesday, when the Hudson Valley Film Industry Conference is held at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.
With its emphasis on networking, this event is geared toward those working in the film industry and those hoping to learn more about it.
The conference is being held as Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley are enjoying robust attention from filmmakers.
“Attending the Hudson Valley Film and Television Mixer was my wake-up call to shoot a film in the Hudson Valley,” said producer Declan Baldwin, CEO and Founding Partner of Big Indie Pictures, who said he was inspired by the event. “The light bulb went off as I gathered in that room, full to the brim with all the talent one would need to craft almost any production.”
HYDE PARK, N.Y. >> Dutchess Tourism Inc. will host a film conference Tuesday, June 5, at The Culinary Institute of America.
Organized with the Orange County N.Y. Film Office, Stockade Works and Hudson Valley Film Commission, the event is intended to connect industry professionals and help businesses and municipalities learn how to become part of the Hudson Valley film industry.
Along with a networking reception, there will be breakout sessions and presentations covering topics from film industry trends, casting, job training and film festivals to local economic development opportunities. Among the scheduled speakers are actor/director Mary Stuart Masterson; Jerry Stoeffhaas, deputy director of the state Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & TV Development; and producer William Horberg, chairman of the Producers Guild of America East. For information, visit dutchesstourism.com/hv-filmconference.
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By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman
POSTED: 04/03/18, 2:23 PM EDT
KINGSTON, N.Y. >> A state board has recommended a Midtown building — set to be turned into, among other things, a film production center — be made a national historic landmark.
The Metro, a South Prospect Street building once home of the Pilgrim Furniture Factory, has been recommended for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by the state Board of Historic Preservation, according to Marissa Marvelli, a historic preservation specialist working on The Metro project.
“(The nomination) is now being considered by the National Park Service for listing to the National Register of Historic Places,” Marvelli said in an email. “It typically takes 2-3 months to hear back from them, which means we should know by mid-June at the latest.”
“It’s expected that it will be listed,” Marvelli said.
In November, RUPCO, a Kingston-based affordable housing provider, said it hoped to secure tax credits and start construction of a film and television production studio in September.
The national listing needs to be accomplished before the agency can receive the tax credits.
The agency views the project as an important one “that has gained much attention,” particularly from the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, which listed it a “priority project.”
When completed, The Metro is expected to house a television and film production center called Stockade Works, which will be headed by actress and director Mary Stuart Masterson, who lives in Dutchess County.
The single-story brick building started out as a factory of the Pilgrim Furniture Company. Built in 1946, the first factory was the first to be built in the Kingston area after World War II and is “significant as an early example of a modernist factory in the region,” according to a historic accounting by Guy Kempe, vice president of RUPCO’s community development.
“Its construction, which required authorization from the federal government, was hampered by nation-wide material shortages,” the accounting says.
The building was designed by Albert E. Milliken, a Kingston architect.
“While Milliken’s design for the Pilgrim Furniture building was primarily functional, it features an attractive Art Moderne style façade,” Kempe’s accounting reads. “A projecting section with curved brick walls, glass block, and a semicircular aluminum canopy helped to draw visitors to the furniture company’s showroom and offices.”
In 1951, Pilgrim Furniture sold the building to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which used the building as a Hall of Records.
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Daily Freeman: Free screening of 'Newtown' documentary in Kingston to include panel with film director
A free screening of the documentary “Newtown,” which focuses on the Connecticut community in the aftermath of the school shooting, will take place on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston.
The event will also offer an opportunity for attendees to further the conversation about gun safety reform during a post-screening panel discussion and question-and-answer session with the film’s director, Kim Snyder and panelists.
The free event is hosted by Stockade Works in association with the Bardavon.
“Stockade Works is proud to be hosting this platform for the community through this thought-provoking documentary,” said Beth Davenport, Executive Director of Stockade Works, in a prepared statement
Stockade Works, a nonprofit film production organization based in Kingston, stepped in to document the experience of the Locker Room Talk workshops. The forthcoming documentary follows the teenage athletes as they participate in TMI Project’s writing and storytelling workshops.
“Stockade Works is proud to be documenting the process so the message can be shared en masse to create real and lasting social change," says Masterson.
In the documentary, the high schoolers respond to a presentation by Porter, who explains the concept of the “manbox” as “how men are collectively taught,” or “the collective socialization of manhood.” Throughout the process they are encouraged to talk about their emotions in a way they may not have felt acceptable under their previous socialization.
Kingston High School football players on Feb. 9 hope to kick off a season of change with “Locker Room Talk,” a memoir and story-telling program intended to challenge hypermasculine behavior and attitudes.
The program, which was developed by the non-profit TMI Project, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 403 Broadway.
“The TMI Project founded by Eva Tenuto, along with (film production company) Stockade Works ... approached the school district because they wanted to partner with us and work with our football team and with them about what it means to be a man.”
The Mid-Hudson region has been awarded $84.8 million in New York state economic development money, including $242,500 for RUPCO’s Stockade Works media/arts/technology center, The Metro, on South Prospect Street in Kingston.
RUPCO, a Kingston-based affordable housing provider, hopes to secure tax credits soon and start construction of a film and television production studio and commercial space at a building on South Prospect Street by next year, an official said.
It’s no secret that the Hudson Valley is home to countless Hollywood movie stars and producers—its lush and beautiful landscapes and proximity to New York City providing the best of both worlds. Though a handful of films have showcased the area over the decades, its cinematic footprint paled in comparison to other regions due to a flawed state program that didn’t consider the Hudson Valley “upstate.”
But that’s all changing.
Laura Callanan, Founding Partner of Upstart Co-Lab and former senior deputy chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, talks Stockade Works and why investing in creativity yields returns that benefit entire communities.