“The Carey Institute for Global Good was such a huge part of our project, that I truly don’t know what we would have done without it. Not only were the locations exactly what we were looking for, but the staff was incredibly accommodating. We were shooting overnights, which is never easy, but with communication in advance, they were able to work around our weird hours, mandated meal times, and even offered to not make noise while our crew slept. If you’re a filmmaker, you’ll know that things often change last minute, and again they responded promptly and with a smile. At the end, not only did we have beautiful footage, but our entire cast and crew complimented the Carey Institute for their amazing food and hospitality. I believe we’re all trying to write another project like this so we come back sooner rather than later. Thank you again!” 

– Jess Weiss, Producer

Shoot Your Next Film at the Carey Institute
for Global Good

Situated on the edge of the village of Rensselaerville, the Carey Institute offers a 100-acre historic country estate bordered by private woods and the Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve. The estate features several beautifully restored turn-of-the-century homes and scenic views of the Catskill Mountains. The grounds and surrounding area provide a wealth of cinematic opportunities in every season, making our campus the perfect home base for a multi-day shoot.

Rensselaerville was settled in 1787. Main Street is home to dozens of historic homes, 19th-century churches, and one of Albany County’s first public libraries (1798). The Rensselaerville Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Our campus offers a wide range of guest rooms and suites in its four residences, accommodating up to 100 guests with 53 rooms and 78 beds. Buildings also feature built-in kitchenettes, meeting spaces, business centers, high-speed Wi-Fi, lounges, and garden spaces for quiet enjoyment. In addition, you can relax at the end of the day at our private brewery!

Why bring your crew to the Carey Institute?

  • Auditorium/screening room, seats 175. Supports all film formats.
  • 5 editing suites
  • On-site Carriage House Restaurant and catering services for all meals. Able to accommodate special dietary requests.
  • On-site housing for crew and talent in 53 overnight rooms
  • Proximity to major transportation hubs: 45 minutes to Albany Airport, 3 hours to Boston, 2.5 hours to NYC and 4 hours to Montreal
  • Ample on-site parking
  • Breakout rooms equipped with audio-visual and whiteboards
  • On-site Helderberg Brewery and Taproom for recreation
  • High-speed WiFi in all buildings
  • Outdoor electrical access
  • Low ambient noise/minimal auto and air traffic
  • Dark sky resource

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Technical Setups

2 Avid-capable Setups:
Mac Pro
3.5GHz 6-core with 12MB of L3 cache
64GB (4x16GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
256GB PCIe-based SSD
Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
Dell P2715Q 27″ Ultra HD 4K Monitor
Bose Companion 5 multimedia speaker system
G-Technology G-RAID 12TB 2-Bay
Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array (2 x 6TB)
Mackie 802VLZ4 8-Channel Ultra-Compact Mixer
Pro Co IPMB2Q-5
Avid Media Composer 8


3 Premier-capable Setups:
 Apple 27″ iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid 2017)
4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
AMD Radeon Pro 575 (4GB) Graphics card
27″ 5120 x 2880 IPS Retina 5K Display
Dell P2715Q 27″ Ultra HD 4K Monitor
Bose Companion 5 multimedia speaker system
G-Technology G-RAID 12TB 2-Bay
Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array (2 x 6TB)
Mackie 802VLZ4 8-Channel Ultra-Compact Mixer
Pro Co IPMB2Q-5

Films shot in this area:

  • “Righteous Rebellion: America’s Anti-Rent War on Privilege”, Dir: Bruce Kennedy
  • “The Cold Lands”, Dir: Tom Gilroy
  • “It Happened Today”, REM. Dir:Tom Gilroy
  • “Runaway”, Dir: Tim McCann
  • “War of the Worlds”, Dir: Steven Spielberg
  • “The Cake Eaters”, Dir: Mary Stuart Masterson
  • “About Alex”, Dir: Jesse Zwick
  • “The Untimely Gift”, Dir: Scott Aharoni, Dennis Lato
  • “Down to the Bone”, Dir: Debra Granik
  • “Cold Comes the Night”, Dir: Tze Chun
  • “Ironweed”, Dir: Hector Babaneco
  • “Lolita”, Dir: Stanely Kubrick
  • “You Can Count on Me”, Dir: Kenneth Lonnergan

Local Resources: 

Chipped, Tarnished and Torn
Antiques & Desirable Junk. Owner also designs for Netflix. If he does not have what you need he will help you find it!
276 Rt. 405
Greenville, New York
Phone: (914) 263-2716

Mooney’s Auction Service
2450 Rt 145
East Durham, NY
Phone: (518) 634-2300
Email: mooneysauction@mail.com

Qualified production facility with purpose-build soundstage
62 Water Street
Catskill, NY 12414
Phone: (212) 587-3003

Conkling Hall
Period community hall with proscenium stage
8 Methodist Hill Road
Rensselaervile, NY 12147
Phone: (917) 509-1259

Carey Institute Estate Homes & Other Buildings

Huyck House
Designed by noted Albany architect Marcus Reynolds, this 1897 stone-and-shingle residence sits atop a hill with great views. It features several porches and porticos, some overlooking the large meadow, some facing the road. Huyck House was remodeled in 2001 and returned to its original splendor. Each of the residence’s seven bedrooms has a private bath. 

Lake House
Modern 2-bedroom house with full kitchen, perfect home base for small projects.

The Straus Residence, named after Gladys Guggenheim Straus and her husband Roger Straus, was opened in 1969. Straus Residence is our largest residence, containing 27 guest rooms, each with a private bath. The residence building also offers two comfortable lounges with fireplaces and televisions, playing cards and games. The lower lounge opens up to an outdoor patio with campfire area, and the first floor lounge opens to a spacious deck overlooking the woods.

Built in 1968, the Ford Residence was the first modern building added to the original Huyck estate to house conference center guests. It was named in honor of Father George B. Ford, a humanitarian who served for many years as the Roman Catholic chaplain at Columbia University. Father Ford was a close associate of Everett Clinchy, a founder of the Institute on Man and Science, the original conference center on campus.  

The Ford Residence is centrally located, just a short stroll from the Carriage House Restaurant, the Guggenheim Pavilion and the tennis courts. 

Built in 1903, Stonecrop was modeled after the area’s Greek revival farmhouses. The residence features a sheltered porch and a native bluestone terrace overlooking Lake Myosotis and the Catskills, a spacious living room with fireplace, sunroom and library. Stonecrop has seven bedrooms, each with a private bath. The master bedroom has its own charming sunroom. The East Room, at the opposite end of Stonecrop, also has its own sunroom. 

Carriage House Restaurant
More than a century old, Huyck family’s original carriage house was converted into a full-service restaurant accommodating 120 guests. The Carriage House Restaurant has earned an excellent regional reputation for its seasonal menus which our executive chef curates to clients’ taste and to take advantage of locally sourced ingredients.  

The Guggenheim Pavilion houses office space for Carey Institute staff and a variety of meeting rooms for guests. The building, affectionately known as “The Gugg,” was built in 1971 by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation. The Gugg is set against a dramatic backdrop of large trees and stone walls.  

The building’s meeting space is quite flexible – a feature our guests appreciate. The Master Seminar Room can be configured in a variety of seating arrangements for large gatherings. Break-out rooms facilitate small-group work. The auditorium/theatre is designed for performances, films and lecture-style presentations. 

Helderberg Brewery
• Barn
• Metal Shed

Meetings at the Carey Institute
The Carey Institute regrets that due to COVID-19, property activities have been suspended and we are unable to take meeting and wedding requests at this time.
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