A Hudson Valley Film and Television Industry Mixer, a forum for members of the film community to collaborate and discuss ways to increase the number of local film and television productions, drew approximately 125 attendees—including filmmakers, crew, talent, vendors and other stakeholders—to Kingston earlier this month. The May 5 event, co-sponsored by the Ulster County Film Office, the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Stockade Works and the Hudson River Maritime Museum, featured a roundtable with producers, a panel discussion on production in the Hudson Valley and a networking reception.
The Hudson Valley has long been one of the most active and sought-after locations in New York State. Last year, 70 projects that filmed in the region and participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, generated more than $1.3 billion in local economic activity and created 65,000+ hires. From the recent box office hit A Quiet Place (shot in Dutchess, Ulster and Herkimer counties) to Sundance winners The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Nancy, productions come to the region for the range of scenic locations and proximity to New York City. The strong increase in production has also been supported by the 40 percent New York State tax credit on qualified labor now available in most of the region (30 percent on all other below-the-line costs).
“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.”
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