Hawaii 2011:04

The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Branch
The Official E-Newsletter of the Hawaii Branch
April 2011

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

SAG supported the AFL-CIO’s Legislative Agenda, including civil union and civil rights bills. We are tracking film legislation via the Hawaii Film and Entertainment Board (HFEB), of which we are members. Each year, Act 88, the production tax credit, is at risk. Thank you to members who signed the petition to support Act 88. The measure to repeal tax credits (HB 1270) has been amended and is currently in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

SIGN UP TODAY FOR PAPERLESS ONLINE BILLING

The April dues period is just around the corner — and you can sign up now to receive your dues bill online via e-mail. It’s an absolutely free new service that simply makes good financial sense.

Paperless billing is yet another way we’re more efficiently serving our members: cutting costs (not to mention clutter in your home), making your billing instantaneous and, as part of our ongoing green initiative, doing our part to save the environment.
 
Join thousands of your fellow Guild members who have already signed up and care about the environment and saving resources. Sign up by April 7 to get your April dues bill sent to you electronically.

Here’s a link to help get you started with paperless billing, as well as answers to any additional questions you may have. Don’t worry, should you change your mind, you can always revert back to a paper bill with a simple click if you determine it’s not right for you.

CONSERVATORY COMMITTEE REPORT

Due to overwhelming demand, the conservatory held three audition clinics with Scott Rogers in February and March. The second and third clinics were not publicized, since the first one sold out in three hours, so we added two more clinics to accommodate the wait list. Everyone got a chance to work on-camera and the workshops were well received. The conservatory will be doing more audition clinics later in the year. On July 7, acting instructor Iris Klein is returning to teach another Meisner class for the conservatory.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AND STAFF

Glenn Cannon, President
Lynne Halevi, Vice-President
David Farmer, Secretary-Treasurer
Regina Bailey, Council Member
Katherine Cleveland, Council Member
Pamela Larson, Council Member
John Nordlum, Council Member
Rebecca “Becky” Maltby, Council Member
Scott Rogers, National Board Member
Brenda Ching, Executive Director

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

If you are a new or rejoining member and would like to attend a member orientation, please email bching@sag.org or call 596-0388.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

SAG Annual Membership Meeting — Monday, September 19, Studio 909 (an official notice will be forthcoming in August).

HAWAII FRANCHISED AGENTS

ADR Model & Talent Agency 
45-1123 Kamehameha Highway
Suite #D
Kaneohe, HI  96744
Agent: Ryan Brown
Subagent:  Nazarene Anderson
Phone: (808) 596-2524
Fax:    (866) 702-2524
Email:  info@adragency.com

Kathy Muller Talent & Modeling Agency
619 Kapahulu Avenue, Penthouse
Honolulu, HI  96815
Agent: Kathy Muller
Subagent:  Joy Kam
Phone: (808) 737-7917
Fax:     (808) 734-3026
Email:  info@kathymuller.com

DISCOUNTED MOVIE TICKETS

Discount Consolidated Theatre movie tickets are available to SAG members. Tickets cost $6.75 each. There is no expiration date. Please email
bching@sag.org or call 596-0388.

SAG T-SHIRTS

SAG Hawaii Branch T-shirts available for $10. Sizes available: Large, XL and XXL. Medium sizes are SOLD OUT. 

President’s Report

By Glenn Cannon

I’m sure you are all aware of the attack on public unions in several states in the Midwest. They are, of course, thinly veiled threats against all union activity in this nation, and we should take it seriously. It is yet another reason to support the thrust of SAG and AFTRA to finally unite under one banner, an effort that is ongoing as this is written. The national presidents of SAG and AFTRA have come together in a splendidly positive way and are firmly working toward the merger, which will be positive for both organizations, and the vast majority of the membership throughout SAG and AFTRA seem to be ready to finally support this necessary action. Doing less than that can put actors in real danger. When that referendum at last comes to fruition and you are asked to vote yea or nay in support of a merger, I urge you to vote YES.

National Board Member Report

By Scott Rogers

I attended the national board meeting in January 2011. On the merger front:

SAG President Ken Howard and AFTRA President Roberta Reardon have embarked on a Joint President Merger Committee Listening Tour in order to get input from members around the country and answer member questions regarding the proposed merger between SAG and AFTRA.

On the technology/automation front:

• Sixty-seven percent of the studios/production companies are now reporting on residuals electronically. This will speed up the process of getting the money to actors.

• We’ve automated and speeded up in-house residual processing.

• Online signatory process to roll out in April 2011.

• Contracts are accessible online.

• Due to automation, staff resources are freed up to focus on meaningful, big-picture issues.

The next national board meeting is in April. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, get them to Brenda Ching at bching@sag.org and she will forward them to me. Don’t forget, I am YOUR representative to the national board and I represent YOUR interests. If you share them with me, I can fight for what you want — “The squeaky wheel gets the grease!” 

We Are One

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. The workers were trying to form a union with AFSCME.

On April 4, 2011, labor unions and civil rights and community organizations across the nation will join together to honor King and his efforts with a day to “Stand in Solidarity.” Join us in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and dozens of other states where they are fighting to keep the rights for which King gave his life.

Stand in Solidarity takes place Monday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda. Don’t forget to wear your SAG T-shirt and meet at the Queen Liliuokalani statue on the makai side of the Capitol.

Screen Actors Guild's support of this initiative should not be interpreted to be the position of any individual member. SAG advocates for a legislative and regulatory environment that protects and supports Screen Actors Guild members, but does not raise funds or endorse political parties or candidates for publicly elected office.

Marchers with SAG banner 

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

By Becky Maltby
Branch Council Member

Once again, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on January 17 brought out a tireless group of marchers to represent the union, and as always we had a fantastic time carrying our Screen Actors Guild Hawaii banner and shouting out on-the-spot slogans. The walk from Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapiolani Park seems long at first but the reality is quite different. What makes the experience priceless and the trek a total breeze is the positive energy and sense of goodwill, which filters throughout both the marchers and onlookers along the way. At the end of the parade, complaints one might hear about the heat and sore feet are recognized as nothing more than lighthearted joking around. In the several years in which I have participated, I’ve never heard any regrets. With relatively few opportunities to represent ourselves to the public en masse, let us hope next year’s MLK parade brings out a record number of Hawaii Branch members. It’s fun, great exercise and you can’t beat the scenery.

 SAG members with MLK banner

SAG marchers