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Interviews with the Hudson Valley creative community

Creative Hudson Valley is an online publication featuring interviews with creative people of all stripes, living and working in the Hudson Valley.

It’s a love letter to the incredible dynamism of the Hudson Valley creative scene. We’ll celebrate artists and designers, filmmakers and musicians, chefs and brewers, entrepreneurs and community leaders. We’ll cover people doing the best work of their lives in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and beyond. We’ll feature creatives at every level of recognition, from big names to local icons to the artisan next door.

Whether you’ve lived in the Hudson Valley for years or you’re a New Yorker who dabbles in weekends upstate, this publication is for you. Our region has long been sharing its bounty with the rest of the world, from its agrarian roots to our creative present.

I hope you enjoy reading and learning more about the interesting people doing interesting work in the Hudson Valley. I know I certainly do.

— Jordan Koschei, Publisher

Danny Potocki

Entrepreneur and director of startup accelerator Accel7

Danny Potocki is an entrepreneur and managing director of Accel7, a startup accelerator that provides training and guidance to early-stage tech companies, including many in the Hudson Valley.

Community Tech

Neil Cohen

Filmmaker of the cult classic comedy Chief Zabu and children's book author

Thirty years ago, Neil Cohen made the cult comedy film Chief Zabu, which sat on a shelf until its acclaimed revival in 2016. Recently, he authored a children's book about gargoyles on a Manhattan skyscraper who scramble to save their home from destruction.

Film Writing

The Ramsdens

Fine-art wedding and adventure photographers

If you follow any Hudson Valley-based photographers on Instagram, there's a good chance you follow the Ramsdens. Caitlinn (a Beacon native) and Brian (from South Africa) have a unique visual style that's made their work as popular as it is impressive.


Mike Burdge

Founder of and programmer of Story Screen Beacon

One of the anchors of Beacon's Main Street is Story Screen — an independent movie theater with cushy seating, old-school concessions, pristine picture and sound, and (coming soon) its own cocktail lounge.

Community Film

Lauree Ostrofsky

Founder of Hudson Valley Women in Business

Raised in Hyde Park and now based in Kingston, Lauree Ostrofsky is an author, speaker, coach, and founder of Hudson Valley Women in Business.


Brad Teasdale

Furniture designer and artist making distinctly Hudson Valley pieces

Garrison-based artist Brad Teasdale's unique furniture fuses Hudson River driftwood with concrete made from local materials.

Art Design

Caroline Crumpacker

Stewarding a national treasure in Saugerties

As Executive Director of Opus 40, Caroline Crumpacker is steward over one of the most significant earthwork sculptures in the country and a distinctly Hudson Valley landmark.

Art Community

Aaron Weisblatt

An Oscar nominee producing his next feature from Woodstock

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Aaron Weisblatt lives in Woodstock, and his latest film — a feature-length documentary about fly fishing culture in the Catskills — is set to premiere at the 2019 Woodstock Film Festival.


Matt Pond

Making music in Kingston as an indie rock luminary

As front man of his eponymous indie rock band, musician Matt Pond released a dozen albums and numerous EPs. Now living in Kingston, he's continuing to record while being a staple of the local music scene.

More interviews are coming soon.
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