Francesco Cordaro is an award-winning independent filmmaker who writes, shoots, and edits his own work with his company, Fusion Box Films, in Kingston.

Tell us about a few things you’ve done.
As a director, I’ve created films for The Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford (featured as a segment on NBC’s The Today Show). As a cinematographer, I’ve worked with stars like Ice-T, Bone Thugs and Harmony, and Natalie Merchant. As an editor, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Hulu and Live Nation for their series On Stage, creating a documentary portrait on Major Lazer and VR. I also edited a documentary for Lady Antebellum on the making of their 2017 album Heart Break. I produced the award-winning documentary Aerodrome, about the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, winner of Best Short Documentary at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

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What are you excited about right now?
I am currently developing a feature length sci-fi film with my business partner, Andrea Cordaro. The film is set to take place right here in the Hudson Valley. I am also developing an international photography series, as well as creating short films.

How did you come to live in the Hudson Valley? What do you love about it?
I grew up in New Paltz, running around outside making movies with my friends for Ms. Cone’s high school filmmaking class.

I love the Hudson Valley. There’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather live and create. It’s the most untouched happening place I have ever been. Its serene landscapes and positive vibes make it a great place to focus in on your work. People here are very supportive of the arts and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Who are some other Hudson Valley creatives whose work you admire?
I have been very fortunate to find myself surrounded by unbelievable talents with whom I get to collaborate regularly. New Paltz resident and native Tim Hurley, who is Fusion Box Film’s film art director and graphic designer, always blows me away. He’s somehow able to express an emotion or a mood through text that is always exactly what we need. He is also a musician and fine artist. And I love listening to his new punk rock Christmas album every year.

It’s a unique thing when you grow up with someone and then get to tell stories with them. When you get to collaborate with your sibling, you understand how the other’s mind works, and you gravitate toward similar subjects. Growing up, Andrea had gone off and gotten swept up by acting in the theater, while I was discovering my passion for film. It was later that we realized that this was something we were going to do together. She’s a very talented actress, writer, and producer. To be able to work with someone you trust to refine your work in invaluable. It is always fascinating for me to see her play new roles with other companies, and watch her journey.

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