SUNY New Paltz Journalism Students Choose Wallkill Valley Land Trust for Subject of Documentary

May 17, 2022

Group of people standing on a rock outcrop - overlooking a railroad trestle which crosses over a partially obscured river.

The production team accompanied Coordinator of Land Stewardship, Cara Gentry during field work on Joppenbergh Mountain, they are pictured here overlooking the Rosendale Trestle.

Digital Media Production Majors at SUNY New Paltz created a short documentary featuring the Wallkill Valley Land Trust for their senior capstone project. The students were inspired by WVLT’s local conservation efforts and management of the 22 mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. They conducted a series of interviews with WVLT Executive Director, Christie DeBoer and Coordinator of Land Stewardship, Cara Gentry. The documentary also features an interview with the Executive Director of Scenic Hudson, Seth McKee, as well as current and former easement holders.

The production team consists of soon to be graduates, Ryan Hill (Producer/Audio Mixer), Ryan Resta (Director), Samuel Peck (Director of Photography/Colorist), Samantha Brachman (Lead Editor/Graphics) and Diego Figueroa (Boom Operator), all of whom are students from the Department of Digital Media & Journalism at SUNY New Paltz under the direction of professor Gregory Bray., Ph.D.

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