2014 Record Year for Hudson Valley Films


Hudson Valley Films 2014In 2013, Hudson Valley produced a record number of movies and in 2014 it set another record with five of its locally produced films premiered in the prestigious 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S. Laurent Rejto, the Hudson Valley film commissioner, expressed his excitement toward the tremendous development of local production.

These five films are as follows.

The Better Angels – Set in the last periods of American Civil War, the film delves into people fighting for survival amid nature’s hardship and disease in log-cabins. The film ventures into three years of young Abraham Lincoln, his lessons and upbringing in hardship in the harsh wilderness of Indiana amid tragedy with the guidance of two women.

Written and directed by A. J. Edwards and co-produced by Terrence Malick, the black-and-white film features Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling and Wes Bentley in main roles with extras from Hudson Valley. The film previously named “The Green Blade Rises,” was screened in the New Frontier section in the festival. The film received mixed reviews from critics.

Hits – The film is a dark comedy which explores the nature of fame in YouTube in America. The film centers around a municipal worker in upstate New York whose video of ranting about potholes at City Hall goes viral in YouTube and hipsters from Brooklyn come to support his right.

The absurd and well-meant but hilarious drama is the directorial Debut from comedian David Cross. Also written by Cross, the film stars Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Jason Ritter, Matt Walsh, David Koechner Meredith Hagner, Amy Carlson among others along with lots of local extras. The response for the film was mixed.

Cold In July – It is a crime-mystery drama film co-written and directed by Jim Mickle. The film tells the story of a Texas man named Richard who unintentionally kills a burglar in his house and the situation he got into after that. The victim’s father tries to avenge the death of his criminal son but soon joins hand with Richard and a private detective to find out what really happened.

The film, produced by Linda Moran, Rene Bastian, Adam Folk and Marie Savare, features Richard C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici and Wyatt Russell in main roles. It was shot during 2013 sumer in locations including Woodstock, Kingston, Esopus and other towns of Hudson Valley. The movie has received positive reviews.

Jamie Marks id Dead – The body of a teenager named Jamie was found by Gracie by the river in small a town. Soon after his ghost keep appearing to Gracie and another boy named Adam. Adam feels a connection with Jamie though he loves Gracie and explores the two worlds.

The Carter Smith-directed film is based on Christopher Barzak’s One for Sorrow. The film was produced in February/March 2013 in regions including Liberty, Middletown, Mongaup Valley, Bloomingburg, Monticello and Woodburne. The movie has received positive responses from critics.

I Origins – Written, directed and co-produced by Mike Cahill, the science fiction drama tells the story of Grey who through his continuing research on eye-evolution and his experience, learns of unexplained but suggestive proof of reincarnation of deceased – a connection between love and science. The film stars Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Steve Yeun in main roles. The film was shot in Columbia and Dutchess counties in 2013. It has received mixed response from critics.

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Stone Ridge Upcoming Concerts

Stone Ridge Upcoming Concerts

slaidcleavesMarbletown Multi Arts, established in 1998, is located at 3588 Main St. (Route 209) in Stone Ridge, NY. The art center also host concerts apart from other regular classes.

Slaid Cleaves will perform in Marbeltown Multi-arts on 8pm Saturday, May 16, 2015. A folk singer-song writer brought up in Maine, he sings about working-class people as well as hopeful and hopeless romances in his distinctive voice with his guitar. His famous songs that attracted audiences include Still Fighting The War, Break Down, Breakfast in Hell, Rust Belt Fields and Lydia. The ticket price is $25.

There is no other concerts yet scheduled in Stone Ridge.

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Attractions in Stone Ridge NY

Attraction in Stone Ridge, NY

Stone Ridge is a location along U.S. route 209 and south of the Town of Marbeltown village in Ulster Conty, New Yoork. The main attractions of Stone Ridge are Pearl Gallery, Stone Ridge Public Library, Suny Ulster Quimby Theater, Suny Ulster Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, Hortus Conclusus, Stone house of Cornelius Wynkoop and Catskill Aqueduct.

The Pearl Fine Arts Gallery - Located in Stone Ridge, New York, the gallery is situated on the Western side of the mid-Hudson River Valley. The Gallery offers primitive artworks of Native Americans, Africans and Papua New Guineas and specializes in 20th Century and Contemporary artwork besides featuring works from international as well as talented local students.

Stone Ridge Public Library – A special district library on a historic stone building on route 209, it is member of mid-Hudson library system. The library holds about 29,000 books, periodicals, DVD’s, audios and videos as well as computers with fast internet, remotely accessible database service, interlibrary loan system and job-searching and related information service. The library also offers child development service and planning to extend the same for adults.

Suny Ulster Quimby Theater – Located in Suny Ulster public college supported by Ulster county, the Quimby theater is a 500-seat college theater for students and professional alike used for concerts, theatrical productions, dance presentations, poetry readings and guest lectures and other activities and events. The theater is named after late Chairman of the Board of Directors of SUNY Ulster John Quimby.

Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery – The art gallery has permanent art collection and also exhibits other arts, serving as a teaching, exhibiting and performing center both for the college and the outside community.

Hortus Conclusus – Located on 76 Mill Road in lower Hudson Valley, this is an 11-acre land dedicated for various plants, shrubs, flowers, edible-vegetation, cactus and exotic plants. There is three separate gardens – the Field Garden consisting of grape arbor, Pitcher Plant bog, Arum bed and hardy cactus bed; the Perennial Garden having unusual perennials, shrubs such as Calycanthus, Stewartias and Hydrangeas; with the third one under construction.

Cornelius Wynkoop Stone House – The historic two-story stone house along route 209 was built for Cornelius Evert Wynkoop, great-grandson of the original Dutch settler Cornelis Wynkoop, in 1772. The house construction features a Georgian plan with a gambrel roof – a very rare combination of British and Dutch style. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Catskill Aqueduct – It is a part of the New York City water supply system that, brings water from the Catskill Mountains to Yonkers connecting other parts of the system.


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