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.
Daily Freeman: Kingston board OKs RUPCO project that will include Mary Stuart Masterson’s Stockade Works
KINGSTON, N.Y. >> RUPCO has received final approval for a commercial development on South Prospect Street to be known as The Metro.
The city Planning Board on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution approving the site plan for the project at 2 S. Prospect St., as well as a separate resolution declaring the project would have no significant environmental impact.
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.