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Stockade Works’ apprentices, along with graduates of our training program, recently worked on a new Hudson Valley-based documentary series, BREAKING BREAD. Produced, co-written and co-directed by Stockade Works’ co-founder Mary Stuart Masterson and her new production company, Quality Pictures, this all-Hudson Valley production is an amazing project for Stockade Works’ trainees to be involved in!
Cassandra Del Visco, one of the producers of BREAKING BREAD, shares her blog about the shoot:
“I have the great pleasure of being part of a wonderful new Hudson Valley-based documentary series, BREAKING BREAD, and I'm excited to share some details about the project.
Breaking Bread is a documentary series that explores our emotional relationship to food and the power of food in our families and communities. It is the creation of Food Network star and proud Kingston resident, Michele Ragussis, along with myself and Mary Stuart Masterson's production company, Quality Pictures.
Stockade Works provided local crew and production services and the producers aim is to be the first series in the Hudson Valley to train, mentor and employ Stockade Works crew over a long-term project. The shoot was a wonderful realization of trainees gaining skills and being mentored alongside seasoned professionals - all hailing from the local Hudson Valley!
Mary Stuart is co-directing and co-writing the project with Quality Pictures partner, Alexandra Brodsky, and the project is being produced by me, Michele Ragussis, and Quality Pictures.
I'm looking forward to continuing the exciting work on this production alongside our Hudson Valley based cast and crew! Stay tuned!
-Cassandra Del Visco, Executive Producer / Owner, Edgeworx Studios
Stockade Works held its first Sound Department Intensive over the weekend of August 3-5, 2018 at the SUNY Ulster campus in midtown Kingston, NY.
17 local residents successfully completed a three-day hands-on intensive to develop a working knowledge of sound department skills, as well as protocols expected of professionals on TV and film sets. These participants will now be referable for sound utility positions on upcoming non-union film productions in the Hudson Valley.
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June 5, 2018 • Hudson Valley Film Industry Conference at the Culinary Institute of America
On March 22, Stockade Works founder Mary Stuart Masterson joined Laura Callanan, Founding Partner at Upstart Co-Lab, and Sam Bonsey, Senior Director of The ImPact, to discuss “The Future of Funding the Arts” as part of The National Museum of American History's third annual symposium, "The Power of Giving: Philanthropy's Impact on American Life."
On Saturday, May 5, 2018 a sold out crowd filled the Hudson River Maritime Museum in the Rondout area of Kingston for the Hudson Valley Film and Television Industry Mixer hosted by the Ulster County Office of Economic Development, Stockade Works and the Producers Guild of America.
On Friday, March 16, Stockade Works, in association with the Bardavon, hosted a free screening of the documentary, “Newtown,” at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in the City of Kingston. The screening was followed by a panel discussion and conversation with attendees about gun safety reform. The panel was moderated by Melanie Forstrom and included the film's director Kim Snyder, Abbey Clements, Newtown survivor teacher; Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti; Kingston School Board President Nora Scherer, and Denise Ranaghan, Director of Peer Services for the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.
On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Stockade Works' co-founder Mary Stuart Masterson joined Laura Callanan, Upstart Co-Lab founding partner and Rebecca Rosen, senior editor of The Atlantic to discuss Building Creative Economies and how companies are working to make social impact a part of their bottom line.
On Wednesday, September 20, Stockade Works’ founder Mary Stuart Masterson and co-founder Beth Davenport proudly joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, and Kingston Mayor Steve Noble for the announcement of $10 million in funding and investments for the City of Kingston, the Mid-Hudson Valley winner of the second round of the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
Stockade Works completes its Pilot Crew Boot Camp!
For three whirlwind weeks in July, participants in the very first Stockade Works Crew Boot Camp worked alongside industry professionals to learn key positions on a film set and then put those skills to the test during a low-budget independent film shoot entitled, “The Rest of Us.”
Out of over 150 online applications, 23 participants were selected to take part in our pilot crew boot camp with graduates placed in assistant positions on the three-week film shoot produced right here in the Hudson Valley.
Stockade Work boot campers (dubbed our beloved “booties”) were put to the test during the filming of “The Rest of Us,” a story set in the spring of 2001 against the backdrop of 9/11 and a contagion of suicides on a university campus.
Our boot campers stepped up to the challenge, supporting all the departments on a film set including production, assistant director, camera, art, wardrobe, sound, grip and electric. We couldn’t be more proud of our booties – they worked hard through long days of filming during some hot summer days here in the Hudson Valley, taking in a ton of information while having fun and making some great connections along the way.
Photos by Kashka Glowacka and Chris Rahm of Northguild
RUPCO recently closed on The Metro, the formerly vacant 70,000-square foot building poised to be redeveloped into a media & technology hub in midtown Kingston.
“This building in the heart of Midtown will no longer sit vacant. Instead, it will be bustling with innovation and purpose, empowering our local residents to access training, employment, and entrepreneurship,” said City of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble. “This isn’t just job creation, it’s community revitalization.”