A Quiet Place

Recent Hudson Valley Film Commission productions have proven to be very successful at landing prime screening slots, and awards, at some of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and the upcoming Tribeca FIlm Festival in April.

Sundance Film Festival award winners included NANCY and THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (READ MORE). The Berlin Film Festival featured the world premiere of Zach Golden’s THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614, which was produced in the Hudson Valley in the fall of 2017. Locations included Phoenicia, Saugerties, Shandaken, Pine Hill and Arkville (READ MORE). In March, SXSW highlighted several Hudson Valley films including their opening night film, John Krasinksy’s A QUIET PLACE, co-starring Emily Blunt. The film opens nationwide on April 6. Watch the trailer at The film was produced entirely in Dutchess and Ulster Counties during the summer and fall of 2017. THE RANGER, directed by Jenn Wexler was produced in the Hudson Valley in April and May of 2017, and follows teen punks on the run from the cops. Hiding out in the woods, they come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind (READ MORE).

In April, three local productions that will be featured at the Tribeca Film Festival include FABLED, THE SEAGULL and THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST.


FABLED, directed by Jennifer Morrison
The TV project directed by Jennifer Morrison (best known for portraying Emma Swan on the long running ABC series ONCE UPON A TIME), stars Zosia Mamet, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Norbert Leo Butz, Evan Jonigkeit, and Paul Wesley, among others. Episodes for the project were filmed during the fall of 2017, primarily in Kingston and Rhinebeck with production partner Refinery29, a leading global media company focused on young women, that inspires, entertains, and empowers their audiences through optimistic and diverse storytelling, experiences, and points of view. The anthology series reimagines classic fairy tales through the perspective of its female characters, whose overlapping stories take place in the same small town.

FABLED’s Executive Producer John Kite recently posted the following on Instagram about the project: A few years ago Zosia and I were driving to Vermont when we came across a photo of some storybook characters a little bit grown up talking to one another. It sparked the idea of what eventually evolved into FABLED. The idea morphed and changed over time with our producing partners @Refinery29 @gibsonautomatic @whatsthatlookfor @AlexhGayner @AmyEmmerich and has grown into something that will be having its premiere @Tribeca film festival on April 23rd. 

“I realized my first time being on a set that was largely run by women on the film TALLULAH, directed by @SHeder which was led onscreen by @ellenpage and @AllisonBJanney that women create a naturally supportive, efficient and collaborative environment. That film was the first time I personally felt comfortable in front of the camera and I have all of those women involved to thank. Being able to put together the team of women led by @jenmorrisonlive, to tell the stories of FABLED, stories of women finding themselves through their own agency, was more rewarding then I could imagine. 

I’ve always loved being a storyteller because I’ve always felt they make people feel less alone, but what I realize more and more is that it also makes ME feel less alone, in what is a confusing time to be alive. And being connected to all these women and men, that helped us make something we are all proud of, is just as important as the pieces themselves. Thanks to everyone at Refinery29 for seeing what these stories can be. And thanks to all of our new and old friends for keeping us moving towards a more connected society. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS

Two other films that were filmed in the Hudson Valley, which filmed in the Hudson Valley, include THE SEAGULL and THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

THE SEAGULL, directed by Michael Mayer
*Filmed in the fall of 2016 in Orange County. The Hudson Valley FIlm Commission acted as a fiscal sponsor.

The Seagull

Adapted by Tony Award®-winning playwright Stephen Karam and directed by Tony Award®-winning director Michael Mayer, this exquisite adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic THE SEAGULL finds a group of friends and family gathered for a seemingly jovial weekend in the countryside. But under the surface, Nina (Saoirse Ronan) pines desperately for Irina's (Annette Benning) partner Boris (Corey Stoll), a celebrated playwright. Meanwhile, Masha (Elisabeth Moss) fights a battle with her own unrequited love.

This layered saga about art, fame, family, and human folly plays out with claustrophobic intensity, as the lives of friends, families, and lovers, all living under the same roof, become entangled. The Seagull’s cast of celebrated performers brings fresh perspective to these beloved, complicated characters. Rich with feeling, this tragicomedy asks timeless questions about how best to live a purposeful life and, more importantly, how to love. (—Mara Webster for Tribeca Film Festival) CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, directed by Desiree Akhavan

*Filmed in the fall of 2017 in Ulster and Greene Counties, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


When teenage Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is caught having sex with another girl on prom night, she is shipped off to God's Promise, a middle-of-nowhere treatment center run by Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and "success story" Reverend Rick (John Gallagher, Jr.). They subject her to dubious gay conversion therapies—but, despite these “treatments,” Cameron eventually forges a community with her fellow teens, quietly defiant Jane Fonda (Sasha Lane) and Adam Red Eagle (Forrest Goodluck). Together, these misfits play at recovery, since their only way out is time.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival and based on the acclaimed novel of the same title, The Miseducation of Cameron Post overflows with standout performances and unforgettable characters in a story that is equal parts coming coming-of-age drama and teen hangout movie. —Mara Webster for Tribeca Film Festival. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS 

2018 is off to a quick start with three features currently in production and many more in the works. For more information about filming your next project in the Hudson Valley, visit


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*The following films were either filmed in the Mid-Hudson Valley or included key personnel with links to the region.

DIANE, directed and written by Kent Jones. Produced by Luca Borghese, Ben Howe, Caroline Kaplan, Oren Moverman. (USA) *Filmed in Ulster and Green Counties

MAPPLETHORPE, directed and written by Ondi Timoner. Produced by Eliza Dushku, Nathaniel Dushku, Richard J. Bosner, Ondi Timoner. (USA) *Woodstock’s very own John David Allen is one of the editors.

THE SEAGULL, directed by Michael Mayer, written by Stephen Karam. Produced by Jay Franke, David Herro, Robert Salerno, Tom Hulce, Leslie Urdang. (USA) *Filmed in Orange County. See trailer at

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, directed by Desiree Akhavan, written by Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele. Produced by Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtlelaub, Cecilia Frugiuele, Jonathan Montepare. (USA) *Filmed in Ulster and Greene Counties

THE FOURTH ESTATE, directed by Liz Garbus. Produced by Jenny Carchman, Liz Garbus, Justin Wilkes (USA) *Liz Garbus has close ties to the region.

Other than asterisks, Info copied from Variety See full article at


 Producer Jen Gatien, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Leo, Laurent Rejto and Tessa Thompson

Producer Jen Gatien, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Leo, Laurent Rejto and Tessa Thompson

FURLOUGH, which filmed in the Hudson Valley (Kingston, Pine Plains, Town of Ulster) in March in 2017, opens at the IFC CENTER on March 16. The film directed by Laurie Collyer stars Oscar winners Melissa Leo (THE FIGHTER), Whoopie Goldberg (GHOST) Anna Paquin (THE PIANO) and Tessa Thompson (WESTWORLD, THOR RAGNAROK). IFC is distributing.

Local crew included Jonathan Burkhart, Amy Hutchings, Greg Meola, Jesica Farkas, Tim Bruno, Jaf Farkas, Jeremiah Wenutu, Anthony Stracquadanio, Alanna Wray, Dirt Haehnel, Rachaell Dama, Natalie Chau, Heidi Eklund, Krysten Pollard, Lisa Purcell, Julian Rodriguez, CrystalTweed, Michael Winsor, Morgan Millogo, Ready to Serve Catering and many more. Local actors too numerous to mention.

The Hudson Valley Film Commission was involved in this production from very early on and worked overtime to help with locations, cast and crew referrals (including 800 resumes for women inmates), vendors and permitting. 

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THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614 was produced in the Hudson Valley in the fall of 2017. Locations included Phoenicia, Saugerties, Shandaken, Pine Hill and Arkville. The Hudson Valley Film Commission has worked to support Yale Productions with many other Hudson Vally Productions including MY FIRST CHRISTMAS, JACK GOES HOME, KING COBRA, SHOTGUN, WELCOME THE STRANGER and PLUME, which start filming February 2018.

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Saban Films has picked up North American rights to THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614 {filmed in the Hudson Valley}. The Escape of Prisoner 614, the upcoming crime thriller starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Martin Starr (Knocked Up).

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The film – in which two naïve recently fired sheriff’s deputies go after an escaped convict in the hope of getting their jobs back, only to find he’s innocent – is the feature-length debut of writer-director Zach Golden. Jordan Yale Levine (King Cobra, Shotgun), Jordan Beckerman (Shotgun, Green Dolphin) and Shaun Sanghani (Blood Heist, The Pretenders) produce.

The deal was negotiated among Clay Epstein, president of Film Mode Entertainment, CAA and Jonathan Saba, senior vp distribution, sales and marketing for Saban.

“We are so happy that Saban Films is as passionate about this film as we are and will be supporting it with a significant theatrical release,” said Levine. “Zach, Ron, Martin and our entire cast and crew created a film that’s unique and exciting, and we can’t wait for audiences around the world to see it.”

Film Mode – whose recent movies have included Sugar Mountain, The Good Neighbor and Gangster Land – is looking after international rights on The Escape of Prisoner 614, which is having its world premiere screening in Berlin on Thursday.



Casting for Newburgh, NY and New Windsor, NY area locals for NBC pilot MANIFEST. Filming scenes at Stewart Airport March 15 and 16. Looking for locals to play airport travelers, police, etc... This is paid extra/background work. Email name, union status (SAG-AFTRA or NonUnion), phone number, height, weight, clothing & shoe sizes, and current picture to Write "Stewart Airport Local" in the subject line of your email.

Pilot description: In this high-concept mystery thriller, a plane disappears from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane but, for their loved ones at home, a long five years have gone by. The series follows their personal lives as well as the larger mystery and purpose that is their destiny.



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Feature film that will be produced in Kingston is looking to fill the following positions. Please send queries or resumes to and we will pass it along.

1) KEY PA - given the scope of the movie, they need someone with Key PA experience and is very strong. 


3) REGISTERED NURSE - Production will have an infant on set one day and they need to have a nurse that can help with the infant. Scheduled date is 2/25


We realize some of these positions were previously posted but the production is looking for additional options. Please state where you live in your email. Driver applicants should all live within 15 miles of Kingston.



SHOOTING DATES: Feb 24-March 26

There are a limited number of SAG/AFTRA Union slots. SAG-AFTRA BACKGROUND scale is $166 per day. Rates will vary for NON-Union roles.

Looking for…

• TATTOOED MEN WITH SHORT HAIR or BALD with facial hair for 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/21 (helpful if you are avails all days but not necessary)
• 14-16 YEAR OLD CAUCASIAN BOY willing to have his head shaved – $216 per day for SAG-AFTRA member.
• NEWBORN BABY for 2/25 (must be at least 2 weeks old, there will be  a nurse on set) 
• TEENAGERS (over 18 is a plus)  

Submit resumes and queries to Please submit to



Jenn Wexler’s directorial debut, THE RANGER, from GLASS EYE PIX was produced in the Hudson Valley in April and May of 2017.  The film follows teen punks on the run from the cops. Hiding out in the woods, they come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.

Locations included Phoenicia, Willow, Accord, Minnewaska State Park and Hunter Mountain. The film, which stars Chloë Levine (KING JACK), Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler, Amanda Grace Benitez, Jeremy Holm (HOUSE OF CARDS, MR. ROBOT), and the prolific Larry Fessenden, will World Premiere at SXSW in Austin, on the heels of DEPRAVED, which Wexler is producing and Fessenden are currently filming. Locations will include Boiceville, Stone Ridge and Annadale-on-Hudson. DEPRAVED will mark the 12th film production from Fessenden and Glass Eye Pix. Other feature productions have included WENDIGO, BITTER FEAST, STAKE LAND, LATE PHASES, LIKE ME, and STRAY BULLETS.

"It is always a comfort to embark on a new production and know that we have the support of the Hudson valley Film Commission."said producer, actor Larry Fessenden. "That support guarantees excellent access to locations, crew, housing and local talent. Having made a dozen films in collaboration with HVFC since 2000, it is no exaggeration to say that the Film Commission feels like an extension of our own production team. THE RANGER had special challenges and the commission came through for us again."

Also thrilled to see that Melanie Laurent’s GALVESTON, production designed by former HV resident and Woodstock Film Festival alum Lisa Myers, is also heading to SXSW. The film stars Ben Foster, Elle Fanning, Beau Bridges. 

For more about SXSW midnighters, see Deadline


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Production for Justin Kellly’s WELCOME THE STRANGER took place over 21 days during June and July 2016, in Ulster and Greene Counties. 

Indiewire describes the movie as a …”twisty (and twisted) new thriller about the limits of family bonding. The film stars Caleb Landry Jones and Abbey Lee as estranged siblings who reunite at a remote country home, before everything devolves into an unsettling and dark drama in which nothing is actually as it seems. Added bonus: Riley Keough as Jones’ girlfriend, intriguingly billed as “strange.” Strange, how?” Click here to read full Indiewire write-up.

The production team behind WELCOME THE STRANGER is currently in prep for their 10th Hudson Valley production. Keough also appeared in IT COMES AT NIGHT, which filmed August and September in Woodstock, NY.



Marist College will hold auditions for spring films on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 am to 2 pm in the Lowell Thomas Center television studio B.  Two films will be cast:
One is TRUSTFALL, directed by Tim Gerstner.  

Roles available are:
- RATTMANN (pronounced RAT-min) - College-age young man or woman. Wiry, somewhat athletic build. A survivor rogue on the run from roves of Bandits in a bleak, post-apocalyptic world. Strong, a little hot-headed, is adept at slipping away when outnumbered.

- WOLFGANG - Man/woman older than Rattmann. A rogue paired with Jay. Short/average height, stocky. A hardcore survivalist, the kind of person who knows how to handle a variety of dangerous situations. Mature, no-nonsense, efficient and deadly. Takes care of Jay, but respects him/her.

- JAY - Man/woman older than Wolfgang. A rogue paired with Wolfgang. Tall and lanky, injured knee, needs a cane (provided) to walk. A bit more laid back than Wolf, holds him/her in high regard. Very intelligent, but not as "street-smart," always engineering new weapons and tools.

- BANDITS - Extras. Any age, gender, build. A post-apocalyptic iteration of a gang. Faces are typically covered. Leader is Sal, an unstable young man with southern mannerisms.

FOR ALL CHARACTERS: Costuming is flexible, but is ideally rugged, muted colors, warm and practical.

The other is a yet UNTITLED film about a group of young people who aspire to be superheroes.  This film is directed by Michael Barron.  

Roles include:
SCOTT:(18-20, Male) Scott is neutral. He is the voice of reason when his friends try to convince him of bad ideas.
Scott can see the stupidity in his friend’s decisions, but somehow always seems to get involved.
ELLIOT: (Driver) (18-20, Male) (needs to be able to drive)
Elliot is a little full of himself. He talks up fighting crime from the start. Elliot inspires and convinces all of
his friends to go out and find a crime scene just like in the movies. When the time comes Elliot backs out and claims that someone should watch the car... he is actually very nervous but once they go without him he enjoys his alone time in the car.
QUINN: (18-20, Male or female) Quinn is very easily convinced. He/She thinks anything that sporadically happens is exciting. Quinn is fast-talking most likely from excited/nervous energy. Quinn is completely on board and has to convince Scott for the plan to fall through. Quinn is nervous when
they actually are about to go through with it.
DAX: (17-20, Male) Dax is a very unlikable person. No one is really good friends with him, but Quinn is forced to bring him along. He is very obnoxious and doesn’t really care about what anyone has to say. Dax is also the most courageous because he heads down that alley calling everyone out for not doing so. He is ultimately shot...but will not die.

Auditionees need not prepare, except to read the above character descriptions.  Scripts will be provided at the audition.  Auditionees will be video recorded for further review by directors.
For more information, email or call 845-575-3000 ext. 2688