FROM DOC TO NARRATIVE - THE MARK HOGANCAMP STORY

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In 2006, director Jeff Malmberg began what would become the Award Winning documentary MARWENCOL, about outsider artist Mark Hogancamp. The documentary later inspired a radio story for THIS AMERICAN LIFE. The documentary was released theatrically by the Cinema Guild and aired on PBS. It won over 25 awards, including the Best Documentary award at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival – the first public screening that Hocancamp attended.

“Mark is a beautiful and fascinating person, so to be able to tell his story over that amount of time was a real joy,” says Malmberg looking back. “At that time, the Kingston area was sort of a second home for me. I still feel really close to that area and love coming back.”

Mark Hogancamp at 2010 Woodstock Film Festival (photo by Rick Gilbert)

Mark Hogancamp at 2010 Woodstock Film Festival (photo by Rick Gilbert)

The feature film version, WELCOME TO MARWEN, which is based on MARWENCOL, will play from 1/4 through 1/7/2019 at the Rosendale Theatre Collective. When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) and wipes away all his memories, no one expects recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one. In a bold, wondrous and timely film, WELCOME TO MARWEN shows that when your only weapon is your imagination…you’ll find courage in the most unexpected place.

WELCOME TO MARWEN is the second feature directed by the legendary director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Castaway, Forrest Gump) that features an Ulster County Resident. The film stars Steve Carell.

Philippe Petit at Woodstock Film Festival screening of THE WALK

Philippe Petit at Woodstock Film Festival screening of THE WALK

THE WALK, which screened at the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival, is based on the Academy Award winning documentary MAN ON WIRE about high wire artist Philippe Petit. Before production, in 2014, actor Joseph Gordon Leavitt visited the region and practiced tightrope walking under the tutelage of Philippe Petit at Tech City in the Town of Ulster.

Zemeckis is also executive producer of NBC’s MANIFEST, which filmed its pilot episode at Stewart Airport in New Windsor.

TO buy the DVD, visit MARWENCOL. For upcoming exhibitions featuring work by Mark Hogancamp, visit marwencol.com/artwork

THIN EDGE FILMS PRODUCER / DIRECTOR MAKES HISTORY

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THIN EDGE FILMS PRODUCER / DIRECTOR MAKES HISTORY AS THE FIRST TO FILM AT LUMBERYARD STAGE WITH SURREAL, ZEBRA MUSIC VIDEO FOR RYDER COOLEY AND THE DUST BOWL FAERIES

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Donkeys styled as zebras, flame breathing femme fatales and aerial ghosts that hang from the rafters are just some of the images brought to life in the upcoming Dust Bowl Faeries, Zebra music video shot in mid December at Lumberyard, Catskill. The surreal, dream like, circus affair was conceived of by Producer / Director, Lisa M. Thomas who worked with Ryder Cooley, the founder and lead songstress of the Dust Bowl Faeries to make the larger than life music video.

Being the first filmmaker on the stage meant that Thomas’ cast and crew were not only making history, but the Producer / Director felt the responsibility as the first filmmaker on the stage that what they were creating needed to be a bit larger than life to attract other filmmakers and big it was. With the help of Production Designer, Jesika Farkas, a circus tent was built on site and Thomas brought inside show acts to make for a spectacular production.

Lumberyard which opened its doors earlier this year in Catskill, is the new home of the American Dance Institute. The idea to renovate the town’s former Dunn’s Hardware Store / Lumberyard and make it a state of the art facility where dance, theater, music and film can all be housed under one roof is beyond a dream for a town like Catskill, it’s a game changer. The first time the Catskill based Director heard what was going on at the former Dunn site, Thomas remembers thinking, “there’s no way this can be happening here, but if you build it they will come. Having one of the best sound stages in all of New York coupled with having Ryder Cooley and the Dust Bowl Faeries in the town’s midst made it a no brainer. Ryder is just one of those people that you look at and know should be filmed; she has this kind of old Hollywood mystique about her that makes it near impossible to not get gold.”

The Zebra music video which is currently in post-production will be have its premiere in New York City on January 30 th and will be unveiled at Lumberyard, Catskill on February 2 nd 2019. In the meantime, you can catch the Dust Bowl Faeries performing from Woodstock to New York City and for those who are rubbing their eyes thinking they may have fleetingly saw a donkey in these parts playing up the town in Zebra fashion, know it was not a dream at all just what happens when a little town goes Hollywood up the Hudson.

The Hudson Valley sounds of ROMA

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If you're asking yourself, 'why is the Hudson Valley Film Commission posting about Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También) and his new film Roma? – the answer is simple. The sound effects editor for the critically acclaimed film is Hudson Valley based Wyatt Sprague, who has worked with many other illustrious directors including Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, and Ang Lee, to name a few.

Roma, which receiving astounding awards is now available for viewing on Netflix and in limited theaters. Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote: "Alfonso Cuarón's masterpiece Roma, an autobiographical movie set in Mexico City in the 1970s, uses both intimacy and monumentality to express the depths of ordinary life."

I was a sound editor on 49th Street back in the eighties,” says HVFC director Laurent Rejto, “so it’s a particular thrill for me to see someone like Wyatt, creating, recording, and editing the most nuanced and subtle sounds to magically add depth and meaning for some of the most remarkable films imaginable. For reference, listen to the dog barks, the alarm clock, footsteps, and broom sweeps in the Roma trailer, and don’t be surprised if some of these sounds were recorded right here in the Hudson Valley!.”

Post production is one of the fastest growing sectors of the film business in the Hudson Valley. With high speed internet, the paradigm shifted many years ago from NYC based editing facilities to backwoods cabins and private homes. Ulster County, in particular (due to it’s lack of an MTA tax), has attracted many post production stalwarts including picture editors, sound effects editors, vfx artists, foley recordists, color correctors, mixers, and more. Stay tuned for more news regarding recent post production work. Stay tuned for more…

Exclusive Trailer Release of THEN CAME YOU from Entertainment Tonight

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Maisie Williams Has Items to Check Off Her 'To Die List' in 'Then Came You' Trailer (Exclusive)

Click here to watch the exclusive trailer

THEN CAME YOU, (aka Departures) was filmed in the Hudson Valley in 2017 with featured locations in Annandale on Hudson, Kingston, Town of Ulster, and Albany (airport scenes). The films was directed by Peter Hutchings and co-produced by Kerhonkson based BCDF Picture. The film world premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in October 2018

Click here to read the entire ETonline article here.

CASTING CALL for SQUIRREL

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CASTING CALL for SUNY Purchase Senior Thesis film, SQUIRREL, which will be set in a small cabin in the Hudson Valley. Please send inquiries and resumes to david.corbet@purchase.edu with character name in the subject line

The Project:

Shortly after his parents divorce, a young boy, Samson (10-15), spends his first weekend with his dad, Patrick (35-45). Hoping to connect with his dad, Samson is thrown when Patrick introduces him to his new girlfriend, Stephanie (25-35).

Filming will take place on two consecutive weekends (1/12 and 1/19). While the exact shooting location is TBD the actors will have a place to stay in Kerhonkson. Unfortunately, the production cannot provide pay, but transportation expenses and food will be covered.

Character Bios:

SAMSON MOLER, Age 12 (accepting 10-15) - Unaware of exactly why his parents divorced, Samson still loves his dad but has become wary of him. He is a quiet boy, but very observant. He comes across as shy, but thoughtful.

PATRICK MOLER, Age 40's - Since the divorce Patrick hasn't seen his son except for the odd video chat here and there. He moved into the family vacation house that hasn't been used in the past 4 or so years (since the marriage started downhill). While he loves his son very much and did his best to make his marriage work, he only stayed in it for his son. Ultimately, the divorce is Patricks fault as he started seeing another woman.

STEPHANIE, Age 25 ish - Stephanie is Patricks co-worker and girlfriend. She does feel a lot of guilt and responsibility for the divorce despite Patricks insistence that it was inevitable regardless. This weekend is her first time meeting Samson and she is extremely nervous to make a good impression.

AVENGERS ENDGAME

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In 2018, the Hudson Valley Film Commission worked with over sixty productions but none were bigger or more top-secret than "Mary Lou," which it turns out was a fake title for AVENGERS ENDGAME.

“We figured out the rouse early on, but we were told by Marvel Studios to never whisper the word AVENGERS,” says Hudson Valley Film Commission director Laurent Rejto. “Needless to say, we complied and were thrilled to refer several locations that were used, including the Mills Mansion estate in Staatsburg, local crew including Ready To Serve Catering, and housing for 40 crew members at the Best Western in Kingston.

Two days of production focused on plates, and included air, land and river filming in digital IMAX. AVENGERS ENDGAME will hit theaters in April. The estimated budget is rumored to be between $316–400 million. The trailer was released on December 7 (see below).

The Guardian wrote: “Conceived as a direct sequel to, and filmed at the same time as, Avengers: Infinity War, the film is due to pick up at the stunning finish of its predecessor, as supervillain Thanos appears to have wiped out half of all life (as well a considerable numbers of superheroes) after activating the Infinity Gauntlet.

Anticipation for the film is huge, after Infinity War became the highest grossing film of 2018 (though Black Panther did better in the US alone), and like Infinity War, the film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.


CREEPFEST PART II • CREEPY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Beck Underwood and Glass Eye Pix are back with their second CREEPY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL - an advent calendar featuring some macabre holiday-inspired shorts. The original 2008 fest included directors Mary Harron (American Psycho), Sara Driver (Permanent Vacation), Jim Mickle (Hap and Leonard), and Ti West (House of the Devil).

“We invited some of the alumni and a lot of new faces as well,” said CREEPY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL founder Beck Underwood. “I was quite touched when Mickey Keating replied to the invite with ‘I’ve been waiting to get this email since the first Creepy Christmas.’ When people agreed to participate we reached into our scruffy Santa hat and then pulled a card with a holiday-themed word. These words, like ‘gingerbread,’ ‘mistletoe,’ ‘Santa Claus,’ ‘elf,’ etc. became their prompt.”

Several of the 2018 shorts feature mid Hudson Valley filmmakers and locations:

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Cast and crew of PRESENCE

  • Beck Underwood holed herself up in her barn/studio for most of the summer and brought some wicked critters to life for CRAFTY.

  • Glass Eye Pix founder Larry Fessenden, known for his horror features, scooped up some of his monster models and Tippi Hedren at the farm, to create WILD RIDE.

  • Fessenden also appears opposite Santa Claus in Joe Maggio’s PRESENCE. The film offers Holiday Catharsis, and was filmed in the same upstate house he used for his feature film, BITTER FEAST (2010).

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  • Over the river and through the fields in Claverack, NY., Christine Pfister created a spooky cast of characters for GHOUL LOG, which kicked off the festival on December 1. Her word was Yule Log.

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  • Joy + Noelle (HUMAN KIND OF) have also contributed. Their word was elf. In their short TWO LATE ELVES, two elves procrastinate making toys. Will they miss their Christmas Eve deadline? Only time will tell.



View the complete advent calendar at CREEPY CHRISTMAS

CREEPFEST PART I • THE SHIVERING TRUTH

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A lot of Hudson Valley based animators seem to be putting out some pretty dark work these days, including Catskill based Lisa Thomas, the co-executive producer behind Adult Swims’s Comedy-Horror Anthology THE SHIVERING TRUTH, which premieres December 9. Adult Swim is the adult-oriented nighttime programming block of the American children's cable network Cartoon Network.

“Christmas is the perfect time to be dark,” explains Thomas. “I mean, Tim Burton made a whole industry out of Nightmare Before Christmas!”

THE SHIVERING TRUTH series was created and written by Vernon Chatman (of Wonder Showzen and South Park fame) who now can also call the Hudson Valley home when not traveling between NYC and Los Angeles. The series features an impressive voice cast including Maria Bamford, Kevin Breznahan, Rachel Butera, Michael Cera, Vernon Chatman, David Cross, Andy Daly, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Glaser, Jonah Hill, Bobby Kelly, Conner O’Malley, Trey Parker, Jordan Peele, Zack Pearlman, Martha Plimpton, John Reynolds, Nicole Rodenburg, Peter Serafinowicz, Miriam Tolan and Julio Torres.

To view the first full episode of THE SHIVERING TRUTH, CLICK HERE

AFTER PARTY AVAILABLE ON iTUNES

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Amos Posner’s AFTER PARTY, which was filmed entirely in Saugerties, NY (not NYC) is now available on iTunes.

The film stars Rachel Nichols, Laura Dreyfuss, Sean Kleier and Steve Guttenberg. The production marked a return to the Hudson Valley region by Canadian based producer Michael Goodin (Monolith Pictures).

This was the fifth film that I've produced in the Hudson Valley,” wrote Michael Goodin. “My company has been incredibly grateful for the support of the Hudson Valley Film Commission and they have been a big part of the reason we continue to produce films in the area. The local community support we have received has been exceptional. Without this tremendous amount of cooperation and collaboration, producing independent features of this high quality caliber would be nearly impossible.”

Other films from Goodin include MESKADA (with Rachel Nichols and Norman Reedus), A DIFFERENT SUN, AMY MAKES THREE, and BEYOND THE NIGHT.

AFTER PARTY was filmed primarily at the former Odd Fellows Temple on Main Street. The Saugerties Performing Arts Factory was used as the certified soundstage. Over 50 local actors appeared as dayplayers and background. Local crew members and vendors, including Hudson Valley Casting, supported the production.

AFTER PARTY is available for rental or purchase on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/US/movie/id1430064394

Synopsis: Lana, a socially conscious photo artist arrives at the beautiful loft apartment of Charlie, her friend and a notorious art gallery owner. Tonight is Charlie’s most important opening and the after party will be here, at her apartment. Charlie’s parties are the things of New York legend. Among Charlie’s guests: Gavin, Charlie’s ambitious actor boyfriend and Julia, Gavin’s flirtatious friend, Dennis, Charlie’s nervous business partner, Amesh, a self-conscious would-be playboy and Vida, one of Charlie’s newest artists are among the arrivals. Also among the arrivals is Hollis, Charlie’s upstairs neighbor who has come to ask Charlie to keep the noise down. Meanwhile, Charlie discovers the truth about her business: Her all important opening has been a disaster and her business is failing. The party is coming to an end. As Charlie becomes distraught, she obsesses over her guests and begins to see her own party as the punch-line to a cruel joke.

PRELIMINARY FILM PRODUCTION DATA shows robust 2018 Economic Development for Region

On location in the Town of Ulster at Tech City Soundstages with CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

On location in the Town of Ulster at Tech City Soundstages with CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

The HUDSON VALLEY FILM COMMISSION has collected data from 14 out of 27 projects it worked with, and supported during fiscal year 2018. 

As of 11/29/2018 Preliminary totals include:

• Over $26,788,000 in DIRECT REGIONAL SPENDING

• 22,511+ rooms rented at local lodging establishments

• 294+ production days 

• 175+ scouting days tallied 

• 151+ locations used 

• 378+ local crew members hired 

• 1,750+ local actors and extras hired 

Since 2010, the Hudson Valley Film Commission has tracked data from 180 projects and tallied:

• $112-million in DIRECT REGIONAL SPENDING 

• 92,916 rooms were rented at local lodging establishments

• 3946+ production days 

• 1698+ scouting days 

• 1466+ locations used

• 2360+ local crew jobs 

Most of these projects would not have happened were it not for the Hudson Valley Film Commission and their long standing industry relationships, credibility and know how. The film commission makes great efforts to refer LOCAL vendors, crew members, actors and locations with the aim of creating jobs and continued sustainable economic development. 

Additional data will be compiled over the following two months and presented in early 2019.

The Hudson Valley Film Commission helps productions secure local crew, cast,
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