Mount hosts UVANY celebration of local businesses

Keynote delivered by actress/entrepreneur Mary Stuart Masterson
January 25, 2017


Mary Stuart Masterson discussed her work with the up-and-coming Kingston media business, Stockade Works.


Mount Saint Mary College recently hosted Upstate Venture Association of New York’s (UVANY) 2017 Annual Celebration, featuring local investors, entrepreneurs, and keynote speaker Mary Stuart Masterson discussing the area’s film and media production industry.

The event highlighted some of the most notable investments made in 2016 in the region, including the newly-launched Hudson Valley Startup Fund, which provides seed capital and support for rising Hudson Valley businesses.

UVANY “The Mount has always had a very strong commitment to business here in the Hudson Valley,” explained Charles Frank, chair of the Mount Saint Mary College Board of Directors. “Expanding those businesses is not only a great benefit to us, but also to the region.”

Frank added that one of the “hallmarks of the Mount’s commitment” comes in the form of highly qualified Mount grads and interns lending their skills to local businesses, forming a strong relationship between the college and the community.

RIGHT: Charles Frank, chair of the Mount Saint Mary College Board of Directors, reaffirmed the college’s commitment to local business at the Upstate Venture Association of New York’s 2017 Annual Celebration.

Keynote speaker Masterson’s acting career includes roles in “At Close Range,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Benny and Joon,” and the Broadway musical, “Nine.” She also directed “The Cake Eaters” starring Kristen Stewart.

Masterson shared her vision for Stockade Works, a net zero media arts production company based in Kingston, N.Y, which focuses on growing the film, television, and media production industry in Upstate New York.

“We need to create a robust ecosystem to nurture the entertainment sector of the local economy,” Masterson said. “It isn’t just a case of if you build it, they will come. It is a combination of tax incentives, substantial expansion in the scale of those facilities, education, and perhaps most importantly, access to the highest level of professionals in media today where we will succeed…Makers of the highest level will come if people whom they know and trust steer them to this amazing opportunity we all built.”

Masterson noted that Stockade Works already has “boots on the ground in the Hudson Valley.” Through their annual Crew Boot Camp, Stockade Works will offer training to residents in motion picture and new media production. Their first Crew Boot Camp is slated for 2017 in preparation for their first TV pilot, “Kids Like Us.”