HUDSY's Apprentice Program
HUDSY is training the next generation of filmmakers in the Hudson Valley.
We provide the skills and opportunity for Hudson Valley locals to develop their craft as community storytellers and get their foot in the door of the film industry.
In HUDSY’s paid Apprenticeship Program we are looking for filmmakers early in their careers with the drive and dedication to commit to a six-month part-time program.
- Shadow working professionals and help out on real shoots
- Become an integral part of the HUDSY production team
- Attend skill building workshops
- Shoot live events in the Hudson Valley
- Commit around 10 hours a week to the program
- Are paid monthly
We received 55 applications for just 5 available spaces in the program.
In order to be accepted into the program applicants needed to demonstrate that they were already taking a career in video production seriously. To do that, we required them to fill out an online application which included essay questions, work samples and references who spoke to their experience and dedication to their work. The pool of applicants was narrowed down based on their responses and then multiple rounds of interviews were conducted to determine the final five members of the 2023 cohort.
Lex Catania (he/they) is a neurodivergent, trans, astrology nerd and compulsive crafter. He is constantly unearthing and untangling shame, generational trauma, and socialization into whiteness and patriarchy. He’s motivated by the deep transformation that storytelling can offer. Both the healing that comes from the power to share our own stories and be seen, as well as the healing that comes from seeing ourselves in other peoples stories, dissolving the walls of disconnection that our projections build around us. They aim to use video to accomplish this very thing, while also diy-ing trans centered clothing, building community, growing herbs, and being a menace.
Gabrielle Johnson is filmmaker and artist based in the Hudson Valley with a B.A. in Digital and Interactive Media Arts. She has produced, directed, and edited multiple short films, including Celebrating a Century which has been screened in both the U.S. and Lebanon, and has received a Student Production Award in 2022 for Best Commercial from the Boston/New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She loves to work with cameras, collaborate with other creatives, tell stories - and hopefully - direct feature films in the future.
Kathia Kilcrease has always been a creative soul with a passion for telling stories. Originally from Harlem, New York, she found her home in the Hudson Valley. Kathia earned a certification in Adobe Premiere Pro while completing a program with The New School Center for Media in video editing. After graduating from The New School, she completed a workshop in assistant editing with Stockade Works. Kathia is passionate about telling stories creatively through film and, more importantly, lifting up the voices of the many through visuals.
Corey Spears graduated from Dutchess Community College with an Associates degree in Communications & Media Arts. He has worked on various film/TV productions as a PA and grip/electric swing since completing Stockade Works 1st Film Production Bootcamp. He is currently the Studio Manager at Alchemy Post Sound.
Greg Vardhami is a Field Recordist and Live-Sound Mixer based in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Originally from Albany, Greg graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production with a concentration in audio from the State University of New York at New Paltz in December of 2021. He loves working on non-fiction projects, including documentaries and podcasts, which highlight untold narratives from underrepresented communities. Greg believes deeply in the influential power of storytelling to change the social fabric of our local, national, and international communities. When he’s not on set, Greg spends much of his time hanging out with friends, hiking, and petting local street cats. As an apprentice, Greg is looking forward to further developing his skill set in sound production while telling original local stories.