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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’”
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.