Film Dutchess Announces Free Seminar on Local Film Industry

Mark Ruffalo plays dual roles in HBO’s “I Know This Much Is True.”

A presentation by Hudson Valley Film Commission (HVFC) Founder & Director Laurent Retjo will kick-off Dutchess Tourism’s annual Lunch & Learn seminar series. “The Ins & Outs of Working with Film & Television Productions” will be held Wednesday, March 4 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at The CineHub in Beacon. All seminars in the series are geared toward tourism-related businesses but are open to all. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches to eat while they listen to the presentations. There will also be time to network with other participants and speakers. Attendees must RSVP at

Since 2000, the HVFC has supported and worked on over 500 productions, helping to create thousands of jobs and over $200 million in regional economic development. Recent productions filmed in Dutchess County include “Things Heard and Seen” (Netflix), “Silent Retreat” (Miramax), “I Know This Much Is True” (HBO), “Lapsis” (world premiere at Sundance), “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Netflix), “Can You Keep a Secret?” (BCDF Pictures) and “Shirley” (Killer Films). Seminar attendees will learn how the HVFC helps productions secure local crew, cast, locations, vendors, postproduction facilities, and how their businesses can get involved. Retjo will answer questions like: what kind of crew members do productions hire; how can I get work as a crew member or actor; what kind of vendors do local productions need; and how can I rent my house or business as a location?

“An increasing number of television and film productions are discovering the many benefits of filming in Dutchess County,” said Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba. “Now is the ideal time for our businesses to learn how they can benefit by taking advantage of the opportunities filming brings to our region.” Dutchess Tourism, operating as Film Dutchess in the industry, offers various support efforts to all manner of productions looking to film in the county.

The other three seminars in the series will take place March 11, 18 & 25 at locations around Dutchess County. These include presentations on photography, brand storytelling, creating accessible destination experiences and marketing on a budget. To learn more about DTI’s Lunch & Learn series, visit Registration is required at Those interested do not have to attend all four presentations in order to participate.

“Can You Keep A Secret?” is among many movies recently

filmed in Dutchess County.

About Dutchess Tourism

Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County and is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International. It is a 501c6 non-profit organization that works to bring tourism dollars to area businesses and our community by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. The office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 17 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess County. The website is and they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.