Dallas/Ft. Worth 2011:04

The Official E-Newsletter of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Branch
The Official E-Newsletter of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Branch
April 2011

THE VIEW FROM AUSTIN

Trish Avery
Houston Branch Executive Director

Each year, the Austin Film Society presents the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards honoring Texans and non-Texans who have made significant contributions to filmmaking and the Texas entertainment industry. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the ceremonies and network with those in an out of the industry.

This year’s acceptance speeches from honorees Rip Torn, Renée Zellweger, members of Spoon and the cast and crew of Friday Night Lights recognized the contributions of those who work tirelessly to increase opportunities for professionals living in Texas.  Many gave heart-warming speeches urging state legislators to continue their support of the Moving Image Industry Incentive Program and the growing Texas market.

John Hawkes (Academy and SAG Award nominee for Winter’s Bone) accepted the Rising Star Award while paying special tribute to the local community and the talented Texans who have helped him over the years. John called many of his Austin friends by name in his acceptance speech, including SAG Council member Marco Perella.

Congratulations to the honorees and the many who help to create work worthy of these awards in the collaborative art of film and television.

SXSW All Grown Up at 25

2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the SXSW festival, which has embraced all things media, music and interactive. Seen as the place to foster startup development and innovation, SXSW overlapped its film, interactive and music tracks this year, and saw a 20 percent increase in attendance.

We all waited to see what new technology or trend would emerge, since both Twitter and Foursquare were introduced at previous SX fests. It soon became clear. This year’s festival was all about instant access — to everything. “Convergence,” “crowdsourcing” and “transmedia” were the buzzwords while actors, distributors, marketers and musicians all interacted in a rich environment of creative work.

Anyone who attends SX knows it can be a bit of a zoo, but the trade show floor is the place to connect with members and introduce SAG contracts to potential employers. Once again, your Texas staff joined SAG Indie and New Media staff at the SAG trade show booth to answer questions and build relationships. When not on the trade show floor, time was spent networking with the newest industry players in panel discussions and Texas film screenings. Our SAG Indie/WGA West reception also helped facilitate conversations between local Austin members and festival attendees, and was well attended.

Surprisingly, of the film, music and interactive media programs, the SX Film track is the smallest of the three. However, it boasted more than 250 screenings, plus panels that covered everything from the 4/3-inch video cameras to directing and casting myths. The Texas SAG film, Natural Selection from Robbie Pickering won the 2011 Grand Jury prize in the Narrative Feature competition and the Audience Award. Other SAG winners at SXSW include 96 Minutes, Silver Bullets, Green and Pioneer.

It’s clear that at 25, SXSW has learned the art of creating a worldwide community of artists and growing artistry in an ever-expanding market. It’s crucial that SAG be included in that community. 

WELCOME NEW AND TRANSFER MEMBERS TO DALLAS/FT. WORTH BRANCH:

New: Michael Brouillet, Shad J. Gaspard, Allen Butler Grainger, Lisa Grecco, Robbie Kay, Pastor Shepherd, Lazaro Antonio Solares, Gladston Taylor

Transfers-In: Julia Barnett, Lydia Blanco, Candice Carr, Jode Leigh Edwards, Linda Ewing, Stan Faber, Lainnie Felan, Farrah Forke, MilDred Gerestant, Steve Irish, Jeff Haber, Kristin Haber, Ashlee Holland, J. Matthew Jordan, Dugg Kirkpatrick, Mark Kubiak, Sharon McNerney, Jeffrey S. Miles, April Perez, A K Raymond, Lehua Reid, Paula Russell, Dianne Scheider, Danny Seckel, Sarah Sullivan

24/7 CASTING NOTICES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston Branch members can now get up-to-the-minute information on Texas and regional castings. Go to Twitter.com and ask to join the TxSAGNetwork. This is a members-only site providing casting information and notices to SAG members around the clock. Adjust your own setting to keep your information private, if you choose, and enable your mobile device to send the information directly to you. Sign up, stay tuned and break a leg!

2011 TEXAS SAG STUNT PERFORMER DIRECTORY

It’s time to update our SAG Stunt Performer Directory for 2011. Are you listed? Click here to determine if you are included or if your information is still current.

To request a change or add your information to the directory, request a Stunt Performer form from Sheila Cooper at scooper@sag.org or call (800) 724-0767, option 7 or (214) 379-1171.

EVERY ARTIST INSURED — ACTORS FUND SEMINAR

Wonder what your options are if you’re uninsured? Confused about how health care reform affects you? Plan to attend this seminar for anyone in the creative community — in front of OR behind the camera.

Every Artist Insured: Understanding Health Care and Health Care Reform
Monday, May 16, 7–9 pm
Bath House Cultural Center
521 E. Lawther Drive
Dallas, TX  77218

RSVP to Sheila Cooper at scooper@sag.org. Presented by Actors Fund MSW Director of Health Services Dan Kitowski

The products and services listed herein are provided as an informational service to SAG members and are administered by entities independent of SAG. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by the Guild nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

 

It's Time for Your Big Break…But Where are You?

Suzanne Burkhead
National Board Member

You could be losing out on work opportunities and not even know it! Did you know that SAG receives thousands of calls every year from potential signatory employers looking to find you, the performer, to offer you work? If you have not updated your agency contact information with SAG recently, those employers may not be able to find you.

Screen Actors Guild offers each of its members the benefit of its Actors to Locate phone service. SAG provides this service daily, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours (9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., PST), for the sole purpose of providing potential employers with your professional contact information. This is an invaluable free service provided to all SAG members regardless of their geographic location.

But, it only works if SAG has your current agency information on file. As Regional Branch co-chair of the National Agents Relations Committee, I recently learned that most of our members are not in their system! Maybe your agent did not file a contract with SAG, or perhaps the term of your contact expired. Many of our members only have a “handshake” agreement with their agent. Regardless, it is your responsibility to make sure the Guild has your current information.

So, what can you do? It’s easy. You just fax your information to the Guild at (323) 549-6746. This personal fax needs the following information: the date, your member number, what agency contact you would like to see posted and your signature. Easy! And our local Branch office can help you, if needed.

No current agent? No problem! You can list a business contact number. If you have neither a business contact number nor an agent, you may opt to list a personal contact number to which incoming business calls may be directed. Note that you should be careful about authorizing the use of a home phone number for this purpose, since members of the public may obtain this information and there are security concerns attached to that. SAG will not allow the posting of personal phone numbers without your express written authorization.

There are other reasons why it’s important that the Guild know that a franchised agent represents you. When issues arise regarding the agency franchise regulations, you want to be sure you are included and that your voice will be heard.

Should you have any questions, contact our local office or the SAG National Agency Department at (323) 549-6745, during normal business hours.

Remember, SAG is here to serve us, the members. So while you’re at it, be sure to take advantage of other Guild benefits. Are you on iActor? Have you checked out the members-only discounts or the new online Production Center? You need to discover the SAG Foundation services, too, like educational videos and streaming programs. And don’t forget the basics: Check your membership profile and make sure your information is current and up to date.

What are you waiting for? You are depriving yourself (and your agent) of potential work opportunities and income. The Guild is there for you. Make sure you can be found!

SAG Awards Viewing Party Collage

SAG Awards Show Viewing Parties — A Tri-City Success

For the first time in our history, Houston, Austin and Dallas all hosted Screen Actors Guild Awards show viewing parties, with net proceeds benefiting the Texas Motion Picture Alliance. The parties were unique in that all three cities were linked via the Internet to share the viewing experience of the live TNT telecast.  Our Texas parties welcomed more than 400 people and contributed almost $9,000 to TXMPA. With this year’s success, viewing parties are already planned for 2012, with other Texas cities expressing interest in hosting, as well. A special thanks to our SAG Awards Viewing Party Chair Steve Summers and his intrepid committee! We couldn’t have done it without you.

SAG Awards Viewing Party Collage 

Current Texas Production Activity

The Guild has been contacted by the following productions about becoming signatory to one of our collective bargaining agreements. These producers may not have completed the signatory process at this time. It's the responsibility of each member to confirm each producer has signed the applicable contract before making an agreement to render services. Failure to confirm the signatory status before rendering services may lead to disciplinary charges being filed. If you have any questions, please contact the office at (800) 724-0767, option 7, or (214) 379-1171.

Dallas – TV Pilot
Start Date: April 21, 2011
Location: Dallas, Texas
Casting: Beth Sepko
info@bethsepkocasting.com

Zombrex – ULB
11 Films, LLC
Start Date: April 26, 2011
Locations: Pittsburgh, Texas
& New Orleans, La.

The Stranger – Ultra Low Budget
H. Grant King
Start date: May 1, 2011
Location: West Helena, Ark.
Casting: majestic.visions@gmail.com

Devotion – Ultra Low Budget
BS Entertainment
Start Date: May 2, 2011
Location: Dallas, Texas

The Girl – Theatrical
Journeyman Productions
Start Date: May 9, 2011
Location: Austin, Texas
Casting: Vicky Boone Basting

Patriot Act – Low Budget
Moonlite Filmwerks & Gaucho Productions
Start date: May 2011
Locations: Houston & Galveston, Texas
Casting: patriotcasting@earthlink.net

Burned - Ultra Low Budget
Rusty Yankie Productions
Start Date: May 17, 2011
Location: Galveston, Conroe, Texas
Casting: castingtexasfilms@gmail.com (accept jpg or pdf)

Camp Kickitoo – Ultra Low Budget
Kickitoo Partners, LP
Start Date: May 18, 2011
Locations: Austin/Round Mountain/Wimberly, Cisco, Texas

Satellite of Love – Ultra Low Budget
Bandwagon Films
Start Date: May 28, 2011
Location: Austin, Texas

Atrocity – Ultra Low Budget
Ugot
Start Date: May 30, 2011
Location: The Woodlands,  Texas

Big Black Box – Modified Low Budget
Big Black Box, LLC
Start Date: June 6, 2011
Location: Austin, Texas

The Ghost of Goodnight Lane – Ultra Low Budget
TGGL, LLC
Start Date: June 6, 2011
Locations: Dallas, Texas

Llorona, The Mourning – TH
Alejandro Canchola
Start date: June 1, 2011
Location: Dallas, Texas

Ikiva – Low Budget Modified
After Eden Pictures, LLC
Start Date: July 15, 2011
Locations: Tyler, Dallas, Austin,
Midland, Texas
Casting: www.ikivathemovie.com