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.
The afternoon kicked off with a Producers Roundtable presented by the Producers Guild of America offering attendees advice and conversation with industry veterans including Alison Beckett (“The Nutcracker & the Four Realms”), Janet Grillo (“Jack of All Hearts”), Julie Goldman (“Life, Animated”), and William Horberg (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”).
Following the roundtable, Stockade Works co-founder and executive director Beth Davenport led a panel discussion, “The Industry in the Hudson Valley – Where We Came From, Where We Are Going,” with Woodstock Film Festival founder Meira Blaustein, producer Jonathan Burkhart (“Peace, Love and Misunderstanding”), casting director Amy Hutchings, and Mary Stuart Masterson, actor, director, producer and founder of Stockade Works.
Panelists discussed the evolution of the film and television industry in the region, from how the Woodstock Festival has grown over the past 18 years, to trends in content development, and how the Hudson Valley can make sure production is done differently in the future – ensuring access to quality industry jobs and the best on-set practices in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement.
A networking reception followed with light fare, beer and wine provided by event sponsors – Bread Alone, Keegan Ales, the Stone Pony and Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery – with an afterparty taking place well into the night at Ole Savannah Southern Table and Bar.