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Julia Barrett-Mitchell

Julia is a filmmaker who acts, writes, produces and directs. She has made a whopping 18 music videos, and is in development for her first narrative pilot, (a satirical dramedy poking fun of herself and other millennials who moved to the Hudson Valley post-pandemic). She can often be found playing piano and cuddling her cat, Creme Brûlée. Barrett-Mitchell's short documentary 45 Degrees navigates the highs and lows of prolific photographer Brian Nice's life from the chaotic thrills of his youth, to the challenges and benefits of surviving the brain damage that has shifted his vision 45 degrees.

Jeff Mertz

Jeff is a multidisciplinary filmmaker, photographer, and video artist focusing on nonfiction storytelling. His work often aims to render in miniature the effects of large-scale environmental and social paradigms, and he's particularly drawn to telling stories that galvanize discussion in the realms of environmental conservation and justice, food systems, mental health, and history. He runs the boutique production company Moonbow Imaging, which chiefly serves nonprofits in the Hudson Valley. When not hard at work, he can usually be found hiking or cooking. Mertz’ film, Muckville, is a short documentary examining the epidemic of mental health on American farms and how one Hudson Valley onion farmer overcame the odds.

Chris Nostrand

Chris owns/operates Nostrand Productions LLC, is an award-winning independent filmmaker, and holds part-time faculty positions at both Marist College and SUNY Orange’s film production departments. Chris earned a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College and previously earned undergraduate degrees from SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster. His films have over sixty official selections at prestigious venues such as DOC NYC, Woodstock Film Festival, GI Film Festival and NewFilmmakers New York. His twenty award wins include a CINE Golden Eagle, x5 Tellys, x3 Communicators, Director’s Choice at Black Maria Film Festival, Best Documentary/Best Cinematography at CUNY Film Festival and Best Historical Documentary at the International Doc Challenge.

Walter Hergt

Walter a videographer, a photographer, and multimedia artist. Walter's work is grounded in the oral history principles of reciprocity, narrators not subjects, and elevating lesser-heard voices. The intention of his artistic work is to unsettle and expand social norms and to create vivid representations of peoples' lives - their personal, work, and creative lives. Walter has previously worked on print and radio projects and holds a graduate degree in Political Science from City University New York. He is currently enrolled in the certificate program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Walter lives in Millerton, New York.

Louise Bartolotta

Louise is a Hudson Valley based filmmaker and camera assistant. She is a '16 graduate of the SUNY Purchase BFA Film program. She's directed three short films, Lucky 13 (2016), and Other Girls (2019), which have shown at film festivals all over the world.

Katy Mejia

Katy is the mother of two young girls, an artist/activist, educator, musician, and filmmaker. In 2002 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Video & Photographic Arts with a Minor in Music from the University of Texas at Austin. After moving to New York City to follow her passion for music and film, she met her Afro-Latino husband, Joél Mejia, also a musician and filmmaker. Much of their early filmmaking experience (besides commercial work) came from producing cinematic music videos for their band DREAM CIRCLE. In 2015 they released their first feature documentary film, TIME IS ART: SYNCHRONICITY & THE COLLECTIVE DREAM, which premiered in NYC to a sold out audience, screened in theaters worldwide and is available on Amazon Prime and Gaia. Not long after giving birth to her second daughter at home in the Bronx with Midwife, Nubia Martin, she joined forces with fellow filmmaker, Betty Bastidas and editor, Natasha Scully, to produce the short film, BIRTH FROM THE EARTH, funded by the Hudsy community content fund. The short film received a Best Short Film Award, a Best Director Nomination at MOM Film Festival 2023 and was the runner-up for Best Short Documentary Film at the Denton Black Film Festival.

Betty Bastida

Betty is an Ecuadorian American filmmaker, photographer, media educator, land-steward, landlord & mother to a young teen. A media maker for more than 15 years, she migrated from Ecuador at the age of nine. Growing up lacking legal documents & feeling unseen, filmmaking & photography became her way to amplify the voices of invisibilized communities & celebrate the strength of our human spirit. Betty shapes narratives towards social, environmental & racial justice, from directing & producing her first feature documentary DreamTown, about a young Afro-Ecuadorian soccer player striving to become professional, eventually realizing his dream at the age of 18 and directing & shooting Can’t Hold Me Back, (ITVS) following Fernando, a Latino youth from Detroit as he becomes the first in his family to earn a high school diploma, and co-directing New American Girls profiling three DREAMERS, young undocumented Americans for Latino Public Broadcasting. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including NALAC grant, & NYFA Fellowship among others. She is located in Newburgh NY.

Karma Masselli

Karma is a theater and film director. Her most recent directing projects include Happy Birthday, Curiosity Rover and Motherf**king Girl Scouts. She's writing a musical called Karma at the Cosmic Diner.

Danica Jensen

Danica is a Danish-American stage & screen director, performer, sometimes-writer and amateur ghost hunter. She grew up in a haunted house, and as such, is particularly interested in ghost stories and the things – physical or otherwise –  that haunt us. Past film work includes: A Life in a Day 2020 (Sundance 2021, co-director), Hildeborg (indie short), DAVE (short). Danica is a graduate of NYU Tisch and an alumnus of The Nine Muses Entertainment Lab, mentored by Bryce Dallas Howard.


Part of HUDSY's mission is to empower filmmakers to bring local stories to life. As filmmakers, editors, and producers ourselves, we know how hard it is to get projects off the ground. HUDSY helps provide a supportive and professional way forward through our Community Content Fund program.



Support the Community Content Fund

In 2021 and 2022 HUDSY put out a call for Hudson Valley content creators to apply for up to $5,000, supported by HUDSY’s Community Content Fund. Fund recipients completed projects stream on HUDSY TV.

Applicants had to be from one of the Hudson Valley's 11 counties (Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, or Westchester), and/or the project must have been shot in the Hudson Valley or be about the Hudson Valley. Submissions included a one-page synopsis of the project and a projected budget.

During our inaugural program in 2021, three beautiful films were created and in 2022, with the help of a generous $5,000 donation by the Hudson Valley Climate Action Network, we committed $20,000 to support four more films.

With your support, we can help bring more films to life. DONATE TODAY

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