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ANGEL GATES FONSECA

Co-Founder Executive Director of Production & Development

Angel (he/him) was born and raised in the South Bronx before relocating to the Hudson Valley in 2016. He initially pursued a career in the music industry, but his passion for film ultimately led to his role as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Production & Development of HUDSY. Growing up in New York City, Angel was immersed in the diverse cultural tapestry of the boroughs equipping him with the ability to collaborate seamlessly with individuals from many backgrounds. As an award-winning filmmaker, Angel possesses a deep expertise in a comprehensive range of services, including cinematography, producing, editing, and directing.

Chris Greffrath

Lead Editor

Christopher (he/him) is an independent filmmaker based in the Hudson Valley. With a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of filmmaking, he has honed his skills as a writer, cinematographer, director, composer, and editor, striving to become the best filmmaker possible. His journey gained momentum when he received his first award for Best Film with "A Good Deed" at the Hudson Valley Film Festival. Committed to producing high-quality films, Christopher continually works to achieve his goals and prepare for larger projects. He has been with HUDSY for over 3 years, advancing to the position of lead editor.

Natasha Scully

Lead Cinematographer

Natasha's (she/her) passion for capturing stories was first developed in the classroom at SUNY Albany and during internships for two local papers, covering everything from student escorts to nightclub shootings in Troy. Having created elaborate stories in her head as a child growing up in Westchester County, videography became a clear way to educate and connect with the public emotionally while also providing a platform for those who are voiceless. Prior to Albany and solidifying her video journalism path later in graduate school, Natasha earned her GED and was on her way to pursue a degree in criminal justice at Dutchess Community College. With a camera in hand, she has spent time in South Africa reporting on forgotten freedom fighters of the apartheid era, xenophobia, and community change makers. She now produces meaningful shorts and has joined the ranks with HUDSY to amplify even more voices. If she's not filming, she can be found somewhere in the woods with her dog, Meeko.

Madeline Friedman

Graphic Designer

Madeline (she/her) was raised in the Hudson Valley by professional artisans, fully immersed in a community of creatives following their dreams. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Purchase College of Design with the “2018 Outstanding Senior Award," she immediately began her career as a graphic designer, working for Scholastic Inc. Madeline disliked the creatively-stifling corporate environment and began working for Artrider Productions, a contemporary fine craft show production company. While constantly inspired by the ever-changing world of digital design, she draws great inspiration from her foundation and passion for the art of cut paper. Madeline loves working for HUDSY; supporting and enriching the creative community she has called home for her entire life.

Caleb Wyatt

Production Manager

Caleb (he/they) is a cinematographer and photo artist currently based in New York. His passions lie in curating images that showcase the unique beauty in people of color. He’s inspired by light and the divine energies of blackness, and strives to capture these elements in every image that he takes Caleb graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Film Production.

Rob Harris

Education Director

Rob (he/him) studied history at Stanford, interned with legendary documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple, then went on to get a Masters in Journalism at UC Berkeley. After associate producing a PBS Frontline with Lowell Bergman, Rob spent five years as a staff video journalist for the New York Times, where he was part of teams that won two Pulitzers, one Emmy and a Dupont award. The last few years Rob has split his time between teaching, editing, producing and managing digital media teams. Most recently Rob was digital media director at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Rob teaches video production at SUNY New Paltz's Department of Digital Media & Journalism.

Joey Carey

Education Leader

Joey (he/him) is a founding partner of Sundial Pictures. He’s worked on films across a variety of genres, both scripted and documentary, and filled a range of roles from Director, Producer, Cinematographer, and Editor. Titles include This Much We Know, Amazing Grace, Los Ultimos Frikis, This Organic Life, Cuban Food Stories, Emmy nominated Welcome to Leith, Havana Skate Days, The Seventh Fire, Obvious Child, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Pariah, Jack of the Red Hearts, and Youth In Oregon. Sundial Pictures has premiered films at Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto, and partnered with distribution companies such as A24, Magnolia Pictures, Focus Features, Samuel Goldwyn, and Oscilloscope. Joey has produced content with clients such as Univision, Conde Nast, Fusion, Repetto, JD Sports, and DoorDash. When not working in film, he spends his time helping grow the sustainable slow-fashion brand “Dador” in Havana, Cuba.

Taylor Dedrick

Social Media Manager

Taylor (she/her) graduated from Siena College in Loudonville, NY, with a B.S. in Marketing and Digital Design and went on to work as a digital marketing specialist, where she quickly learned corporate marketing wasn't for her. ​ I thought about what I truly wanted to do and what I loved, and every time, the conclusion was to return to my roots. I grew up in Saugerties, NY, where I spent my years playing sports, volunteering in the town, working at numerous small businesses, and truly being a part of the amazing community here in The Hudson Valley. My heart was always at its fullest when I was able to be creative, work with inspiring individuals, and help small businesses flourish. In April of 2021, Unless Media came to fruition and I haven't looked back!"

Vera Gutmann

Grant Writer

Vera (she/her). While working part-time as a grant writer to make ends meet in grad school, Vera fell in love. She discovered that her passion and gift are helping amazing nonprofits better communicate their visions, so that they can connect with the funding they need to make those visions come to life. After ten years of working with nonprofits of every size in Los Angeles, New Orleans, DC, and New York City, Vera moved back to the Hudson Valley, where she grew up. In her spare time, she loves to play with her sweet little son, get emotionally attached to non-human characters in sci fi novels, and wait in joyful hope for the coming of new releases on HUDSY TV.

Christine Brown

Bookkeeper

Christine (she/her) was born and raised in the Hudson Valley where she began her career in the finance industry. Math is where she thrives and numbers are her love language. She has spent over 40 years as a financial professional who started in banking. Throughout her career, her passion for community building grew as she transitioned into the non-profit sector where she served as President for 12+ years. Building off of her expertise in budget management and financial planning, she started consulting in Woodstock and Kingston for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and several non-profits. This is when she started working with Kris Carr, New York Times Best Selling Author & Wellness advocate as well as HUDSY and several other clients. Christine's mission is to help organizations continue to establish themselves while they expand on their objectives to make an impact in the communities that they serve.

David Brownstein

Consultant

David (he/him) co-founded Wild Earth, a nonprofit organization leading nature immersion experiences that cultivate character, confidence, passion, and perseverance in New York’s youth. For nearly twenty years, he led this innovative organization from its humble beginnings serving a few dozen local children to one that now serves close to 4,000 youth, teens and adults each year at summer camps, year-round, and school-based programs. Today, Wild Earth leads programs in the Mid-Hudson Valley almost every day of the year, and employs more than 20 full-time and 60 part-time and seasonal staff. With a solid financial foundation, a 135-acre homeland at Rock Haven, a shared structure of organizational leadership, and a vibrant scope of empowering programs serving an inclusive and expanding community, he courageously stepped back as Executive Director in 2023 to fully empower the next generation of capable leaders and prioritize Wild Earth’s legacy for the future.

Tara Sanders

Connection Ambassador

Tara (she/her) born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Tara is thrilled and thankful to be part of the HUDSY team. Being the change she wishes to see in the world, and having lived overseas, Tara believes in the transformative experience of community, connection, and collaboration. She is a longtime trauma-informed yoga teacher & educator, and teaches, consults, and presents throughout the Hudson Valley for schools, nonprofit organizations, and County agencies, and is the co-chair of Integrated Ulster’s Trauma-Informed Care Collaborative. As an LLC business owner and former nonprofit community outreach and public relations director, Tara is excited to return to her creative arts roots with HUDSY, and looks forward to sharing our initiatives with our ever-growing community.

Lex Catania

Live Events Team Lead

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

Live Events Team

Gabrielle (she/her) 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.

Jesus Velasquez

Live Events Team

Jesus (he/him) currently works as a freelance videographer and production assistant. My experience includes working with Hudsy as a camera operator and production assistant, which I have been doing since 2020. In 2022 I worked on a documentary titled Micheal Flynn's Holy War for PBS Frontline as a camera operator and production assistant. Recently I have been working with Fluence shooting their studio content.

HUDSY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cynthia Kane

Cynthia (she/her) co-created Sundance Channel’s DOCday and brought Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and Denis Poncet’s documentary series, THE STAIRCASE (2006 Peabody, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards) to U.S. television. At ITVS, she shepherded both international and U.S. co-productions for public media. At Al Jazeera America, she commissioned documentaries and series including Albert Maysles’ final work, IN TRANSIT and duPont Award-winning series, Kartemquin Films’ HARD EARNED among many others. Recent films: CALL ME DANCER (2023) directed by Leslie Shampaine and Pip Gilmour, executive produced by Jay Sean and Jitin Hingorani; Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum’s OBSESSED WITH LIGHT (2023); Raj Patel and Zak Piper’s THE ANTS AND THE GRASSHOPPER (2021); Carl Gierstorfer and Antje Boehmert’s THE RIVER BETWEEN US (2021); NC Heikin’s LIFE & LIFE (2021); Maria Finitzo’s THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE (2020, Showtime/Utopia); Kim A Snyder, Maria Cuomo Cole and Lori Cheatle’s US KIDS (2020); Maia Lekow and Chris King’s THE LETTER (2019); Kim A Snyder and Maria Cuomo Cole’s LESSONS FROM A SCHOOL SHOOTING: NOTES FROM DUNBLANE (2018, Netflix Original Documentary); Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum 's LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD (2016, PBS/BBC); and NEW EYES by Hiwot Admasu Getaneh (2015, Venice, TIFF, Rotterdam). Kane freelances and serves as a creative consultant for Women Make Movies’ Production Assistance Program. She often works with international production companies including Hemal Trivedi / Manjusha Productions, Laurence Uebersfeld / LuFIlms, Anne Aghion/Gacaca Films/DryValleys Productions and Stina Gardell / Mantaray Films on JOYCE CAROL OATES: A BODY IN SERVICE OF MIND (2022) as a grant writer and for ADIL AND THE SPY (in post-production). Kane is a writer… and reader, She lives between New York City and the Hudson Valley with editor Jason Carey and Wanda aka #huntresssjohnson, their rescue pup.

Kathryn Kiewel

Kathryn (she/her) spent more than three decades as a senior marketing and sales executive in the NYC and LA fashion industry. She presently serves on the Board of Directors for The Bridge (a provider of supportive housing and mental health services for the homeless in NYC) where she serves as the Chair of the Development Committee. She is active in her community and serves as the Vice Chair of the Planning Board for Hurley, NY. Kathryn is a graduate of the 2021 HUDSY Apprentice Program and has worked with HUDSY and others as producer and assistant producer for several local film projects. Kathryn enjoys yoga, healthy living, sustainability, the Peloton and her dog, Gigi. She and her husband Elliot are residents of West Hurley, NY.

Laura Kandel

Laura (she/her) is a Co-Founder, Executive Director of Operations and Distribution, and a member of the Board or Directors at HUDSY. She is a Hudson Valley native and has been working in the arts community and advocating for artists in the Hudson Valley and beyond for over 20 years as a co-Director and Operations Manager for 17 years at Artrider - a large-scale contemporary craft event production company; as a guest relations coordinator for 12 years at the Woodstock Film Festival; and as an Arts Mid-Hudson Ulster Arts Awards committee member for 7 years. She enjoys connecting with, celebrating, and lifting up the inspiring artistic community she was born into.

HUDSY ADVISORY COUNCIL

John Bowermaster (he/him)

Jon Bowermaster is a Hudson Valley writer, filmmaker, adventurer, and a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. He has written 11 books and produced and directed more than 30 documentary films including “Dear President Obama,” “Antarctica, on the Edge,” “After the Spill',' and “Ghost Fleet.” He and his One Ocean Media Foundation / Oceans 8 Films team have focused on a series of short films about the environmental risks to, and hopes for the Hudson River Valley, the birthplace of the American environmental movement. Bowermaster is the President of the One Ocean Media Foundation, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, and is a visiting lecturer in Bard College’s Environment and Urban Studies Department. You can hear him on-air on WKNY Radio Kingston hosting a weekly radio show/podcast The Green Radio Hour with Jon Bowermaster.

Jenny Flanagan (she/her)

Jenna Flanagan first knew she was destined for a career in journalism as a child, while watching the weekly reports of the Muppet News Flash. After attending a journalism camp at SUNY New Paltz at age 12, she wrote for her high school newspaper and went on to a staff position at Seton Hall University‘s campus newspaper while earning her B.A. in communications and journalism. Beginning as a freelance news production assistant and engineer at 1010WINS in 1996, she worked her way up to assistant editor before taking her first on-air position at WBGO Newark Public Radio where she won a Garden State Association of Black Journalists award. Flanagan later spent six-and-a-half years writing, reporting and producing for All Things Considered for WNYC New York Public Radio before becoming a producer and on-camera reporter for WMHT, Albany’s PBS member station. In 2015, she became a correspondent for The WNET Group’s new newsmagazine show, MetroFocus and was named the show’s host in 2016.

 Alonzo "AJ" Jordan Jr.  (he/him)

Alonzo “AJ” Jordan Jr. is a community advocate and filmmaker deeply invested in the youth and people surrounding him, his culture, and family. Serving his community is where his love for filmmaking was first discovered and developed, and he recently merged food and anti-racist social justice work with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project, an extremely important program to him and the local area. Growing up in the Hudson Valley, Jordan Jr. has a firm grasp of his environment and what can benefit his neighbors. He has worked on Kingston Land Trust’s Pine St. African Burial Ground project, is a mentor to high school students, and very much acknowledges the power behind his voice.

Cynthia Kane (she/her)

Cynthia Kane is an Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award winner, a Peabody Award winner, and an Emmy Award-winning producer who has helped transform the way global documentaries are seen on U.S. television. She co-created DOCday on Sundance Channel in 2002, shepherded over 150 international and U.S. co-productions for public media at ITVS, and has also commissioned documentaries and series for Al Jazeera America. Kane produces educational workshops and webinars for Women Make Movies, has been an Emmy juror for the International Documentary Awards since 2006, is a Hot Docs Blue Ice Labs mentor, a member of American Film Showcase and participates frequently in filmmaker labs and training initiatives. Serving as executive producer, co-producer, and creative consultant on a number of projects over the years, she currently works as a freelancer with Barbara Kopple and Cabin Creek Films.

Nina Bird Lawrence (she/her)

Nina Bird Lawrence is a writer, filmmaker, podcaster, and storyteller who has a degree in documentary filmmaking from SUNY Purchase. She has shopped for stories in Hollywood for Michael Shamberg, Michael Nozik, Jane Berliner, Benny Medina, and Jeff Field. In acquisitions and programming, she has attended the Sundance Film Festival many times and has been to Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and several other festivals for Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Shortlist, Gaiam, and GaiaTV. As Director of Programming for Bond/360, she created release and rollout plans for “Strike A Pose,” “The Settlers,” “Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back,” “Karl Marx City,” “The War Show,” and others. She is currently hard at work on UNCOVERAGE, a podcast about her childhood growing up in a Tibetan Buddhist cult.

Dylan Thuras (he/him)

Dylan Thuras is the co-founder and creative director of Atlas Obscura, a digital magazine and travel company dedicated to inspiring wonder and discovery around the world. Thuras is co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders” and New York Times bestselling kids book “An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid.” He is also the host of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, as well as a correspondent for NPR’s All Things Considered. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his family.

Brad Warkins (he/him)

Brad Warkins is a senior executive with a career in digital media, edutainment and technology spanning over 30 years. He brings significant streaming experience to HUDSY, having recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Gaia Inc, a streaming media company that was launched and grew from 0 to 750,000 paying subscribers under his leadership. Brad is currently Chief Operating Officer of Genius Group Ltd.

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HUDSY IN THE HEADLINES

Land Acknowledgement

Long before the arrival of Europeans, the Indigenous people of what is now known as New York State's Hudson River Valley were The Lenape (also known as The Delaware or Munsee) living in the lower valley, and The Mohicans (or Mahicans) inhabiting the northern valley. With immense humility and gratitude, we acknowledge that we are residing, filming, learning, and gathering in-community on the ancestral homelands of both nations. Forced off their land in the late 18th century, The Lenape now have communities in Kansas and Oklahoma, and The Mohican mainly in Wisconsin. HUDSY honors and respects this land's Indigenous ancestors' past and descendants' present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

Jesse Brown

Jesse (he/him) With over 20 years of media production and storytelling expertise, Jesse deeply believes in the power of place. In 2005, he helped to co-found a snowboarding magazine in Jackson Hole that still exists today, and has been a partner in a media production company as well as having built his own. Jesse brings a unique blend of skills from content creation to advertising sales and event production to the table, and often touts the mantra “our network is our net worth.” He loves to connect people and organizations in ways that help everyone realize their goals. Jesse transitioned away from HUDSY in June of 2023 to pursue other projects.

Angel Gates Fonseca

Angel (he/him) was born and raised in the South Bronx before moving to the Hudson Valley in 2016. His career started in the music industry, but he later embarked on a new path to deepen his love for film, which has led to becoming Co-Founder of HUDSY. Growing up in NYC, Angel experienced the rich culture that exists within the boroughs' unique melting pot, allowing him to work seamlessly with individuals of all backgrounds. He is a passionate, award-winning filmmaker and content creator with expertise in a full range of media services from shooting, and producing, to editing and directing.

Shawn Strong

Shawn (he/him) is the recipient of a partial Fine Arts scholarship to St. John’s University with a minor in Communications. He ran a music studio for over seven years before enrolling at SUNY Orange for Visual Communications with a concentration in TV Production, which led to being a filmmaker. Shawn started a digital media and video production company called Phanatiks Entertainment in 2011 and has shot numerous music videos and commercials, produced a creative arts web show, and most recently a series of Sit-In Talks discussing the social justice movement. He is a HUDSY co-founder but not currently involved in operations on a day-to-day basis, and serves on the Board of Directors at Arts Mid-Hudson.

Laura Kandel

Laura (she/her) a Hudson Valley native and Co-Founder of HUDSY, has been working in the arts community and advocating for artists in the Hudson Valley and surrounding tri-state area for over 20 years. She was a Co-Director and Operations Manager at Artrider, a large-scale contemporary fine craft event production company, for over 16 years and worked as a Guest Relations Coordinator at the Woodstock Film Festival for 12 years. She has been on the Arts Mid-Hudson Ulster Arts Awards Committee for over six years and enjoys celebrating and lifting up the inspiring artistic community she was born into.

LAURA KANDEL

Co-Founder

Executive Director of Operations

Laura (she/her) is a Co-Founder, Executive Director of Operations and Distribution, and a member of the Board or Directors at HUDSY. She is a Hudson Valley native and has been working in the arts community and advocating for artists in the Hudson Valley and beyond for over 20 years as a co-Director and Operations Manager for 17 years at Artrider - a large-scale contemporary craft event production company; as a guest relations coordinator for 12 years at the Woodstock Film Festival; and as an  Arts Mid-Hudson Ulster Arts Awards committee member for 7 years. She enjoys connecting with, celebrating, and lifting up the inspiring artistic community she was born into.

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