June 6, 2008
Come join your fellow Nashville Branch members for our annual membership meeting on June 21. Immediately following the meeting, the Nashville Branch will celebrate the Guild’s 75th anniversary with food, drink, door prizes, and music by D.J. Synapse Trap. This is a great opportunity to make the most of Guild history and mingle with fellow members.
We are inviting casting directors, talent agents and industry professionals to the party. Space is limited, so please RSVP today.
When: Saturday, June 21, 2008
Membership meeting, 2-3 p.m.; party 3-5 p.m.
Where: Watkins College of Art & Design
2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37228
RSVP: Contact Adelina Hernandez
(800) SAG.0767, option 5, ext. 227
By Cece DuBois
Nashville Branch National Board Member
I wrote the following promotional piece on Tennessee. It will be part of an article in the upcoming SAG 75th anniversary edition of Screen Actor. I hope you enjoy it.
1923, Franklin, Tennessee:
Hollywood producer Alan Holubar corralled Civil War veterans and extras from across the state. He was recreating The Battle of Franklin for his film, The Human Mill.
Movie production in Tennessee has kept a steady pace ever since, averaging two major productions per year. Tennessee actors and support industry are recognized as talented professionals, and the state is diverse; just look at how she transforms herself from lush valleys, panoramic landscapes, stark farmhouses and Southern plantations into Raintree County, A Painted House, The Adventures of Ociee Nash, and The River.
Dirt roads, fast cars, shotguns, rebels: Thunder Road, At Close Range.
Gritty prisons, backlit sheriffs, relentless attorneys, espionage: Walking Tall trilogy, The Last Castle, The Green Mile, Marie, Nothing But the Truth.
Memphis is John Grisham’s favorite backdrop: The Firm, The Client, The Rainmaker.
Robert Altman’s self-proclaimed “Birthday Card to America”: Nashville.
The music and those who make it: Sweet Dreams, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line.
Tennesseans have a sense of humor: Ernest Goes to Camp, The Gun in Bettylou’s Handbag, The Jungle Book, Wag the Dog, Head of State, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings.
We’ve got the underbelly, if needed: Hustle and Flow, Black Snake Moan, Poor and Hungry, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Silence of the Lambs.
We’re suckers for a touching story: Finding Graceland, The Dollmaker, October Sky, Charlie’s War.
Current productions, 2008: Billy Graham, Hannah Montana.
All this and cathead biscuits at Loveless Cafe. What more could a poor boy want?
By Mike Montgomery
Nashville Branch President
Your National Board representative Cece DuBois and I have returned from our Regional Branch Division meeting in Detroit. At these gatherings, representatives from each Branch meet without the New York and Hollywood divisions to discuss problems particular to living and working in "fly-over" country. I feel we were successful in identifying several issues that will be examined further, including organizing in "right-to-work" states, making contracts more user-friendly, etc. We will bring these issues to the National Board in October.
There was a great deal of discussion on the success of film incentives. Many areas outside of Hollywood and New York have established or re-established thriving film communities. After the massive production flight of films to Canada in the late 1990s, it feels good to be back in the game. I've run into many actors at recent auditions who say they've auditioned more in the last nine months than they have in the last four or five years combined.
You should have received your first advance notice of our 75th celebration on the afternoon of June 21 at Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. We'll begin with a membership meeting, and the party will follow. So come on out, and let's have some fun!
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By Jason Tomlinson
South Region Executive
SAG staff members were on the scene at the Nashville Film Festival, held in April. This year’s festival had a higher attendance than any other in the festival’s history. The festival hosted more than 90 films, panels and workshops that displayed the wealth of filmmaking talent in the Tennessee area.
The headliner event was the feature film The Deal, starring William H. Macy, Meg Ryan, Elliott Gould, LL Cool J, and Jason Ritter. William H. Macy and Director Steven Schachter were in attendance at the screening, which was held on the opening night of the festival.
The Golden Opportunity Award went to The Execution of Solomon Harris. The award is sponsored by Vanderbilt University and goes to the best college student short film in any category. The Execution of Solomon Harris was signed to SAG’s Short Film Agreement and starred SAG Member Dave Hager. Wyatt Garfield and Ed Yonaitis directed this short film about a botched electric chair execution.
The 2008 Nashville Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Patricia Neal by Lyle Lovett. The audience was treated to an onstage interview with the Oscar-winning actress, followed by a screening of the film Hud.
The unprecedented attendance at the 2008 Nashville Film Festival proved once again that the Tennessee film community is rife with both talent and enthusiasm for the medium.
On March 4, Screen Actors Guild launched iActor, the only union-hosted online casting directory featuring onsite Station 12 cast clearance and showcasing exclusively SAG members.
Simple, functional, convenient and free, iActor—Screen Actors Guild’s revolutionary online casting directory—is an essential career and production tool.
iActor puts SAG members at the fingertips of casting professionals, and is the only online casting directory that exclusively features SAG members and automated Station 12 cast clearance.
Available to all casting directors working on signatory productions, iActor allows casting professionals to search through members’ headshots, resumes and media by any combination of terms, such as gender, ethnicity, special skills or credits.
By creating their resumes and adding their headshots, SAG members will be at the fingertips of the industry’s top casting professionals. Members can even use the service to e-mail resumes to casting directors directly, any time of the day or night.
Casting directors are on iActor daily, digitally sourcing and then clearing talented Screen Actors Guild members for work in SAG-signatory productions. Many members aren’t listing a contact number on resumes, so they can’t be reached for auditions. Please make sure to list your current contact information (either a service number or your representative’s), so you won’t miss that important work call.
We’ve also noticed that many resumes aren’t “viewable,” so as far as the casting community is concerned, you aren’t seen. It’s extremely important to complete the final step in completing your iActor resume. You have to mark it “viewable.” As always, if you have questions, SAG’s WebHelp team is ready to assist you at (323) 549-6789 or (800) 724-0767, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Nashville Branch welcomes the following new members and transfers:
Kendall Applegate, Reno Collier, Noah Lindsey Cyrus, Robbie Davis, Heather Horton and Claude Phillips
Shannon Blackburn, Henry C. Cho, Kelly Clarkson, Kiami Davael, Steve Fitchpatrick, Stephen Flanigan, Gary Oliver Fox, Bruce Gantenbein, Jane B. Harris, Ronald Lew Harris, Hilly Hicks, Donna Hooper, Stephanie Huffman, Terry Kerrigan, Colin Linden, Will Oldham, Landon Christian Pigg, Jurrien Eisse Pott, Heather Reagan, Judy Dexter Rye, Brenda Shakir, Erick Scott Smith and Justin David Taylor
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Casting Access Project (CAP) offers SAG members the opportunity to meet and learn from respected casting directors via free workshops. In fact, this renowned program was recently chosen by Back Stage West as “Best Way to Meet Casting Directors in Los Angeles.”
Now the SAG Foundation has made registration for Branch members one step easier: if you plan to be in Hollywood or New York and would like to attend, SAG members (18 and older with active, paid-up membership status) living in areas other than New York and Los Angeles (membership records must reflect this information) can:
Contact either firstname.lastname@example.org for workshops in New York or email@example.com for workshops in Los Angeles and request a Casting Access Project orientation packet. (SAG members planning to visit both areas may simply contact the CAP region they plan to visit first.) The packet will be e-mailed to you. At least one week’s notice is desired, whenever possible, to ensure space in an upcoming workshop.
Just follow the instructions, and you will be given priority entrance into the next available workshop. For more information on CAP, visit the
SAG Foundation website.
GoodSearch.com is a new search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results.
Just go to GoodSearch.com and be sure to enter the Screen Actors Guild Foundation as the charity you want to support. Just 500 people searching four times a day will raise about $7,300 in a year without anyone spending a dime.
The South Region Office distributes a list of all upcoming theatrical and television production in the 12 states in the South Region, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to members with an e-mail address in the Guild’s database. As a further service to the Nashville Branch membership, here is a list of potential upcoming theatrical and television productions in Tennessee and the neighboring states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.
The Guild has been contacted by the following productions about becoming signatory to one of the Screen Actors Guild collective bargaining agreements. Please be advised that these producers may not have completed the signatory process at this time. It is the responsibility of each member to confirm that 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 against the member. If you have any questions, please contact the office at (800) SAG-0767.
Alabama - No upcoming productions to report
Empathy Imperfect – Ultra Low Budget
Location: Snellville, Ga.
Start: To be determined
Kentucky – No upcoming productions to report
Mississippi - No upcoming productions to report
One Tree Hill (July 2008) - Television Series
Warner Bros. Television
Start: July 30, 2007
Casting: Fincannon & Associates
Scorn – Ultra Low Budget
Start: To be determined
Tennessee – No upcoming productions to report
Nashville members can now receive discounts on headshots and other photo packages from two local photographers. Contact the following businesses for further information:
Carla Christina Contreras
Hatcher & Fell Photography
To take advantage of these savings, just let them know you are a SAG member.
NOTE: These discounts are administered by entities independent of SAG. Questions about each offer must be handled by the providers. The Guild does not endorse any of these services.
Visit thesagshop.com for the latest in must-have, union-made merchandise. Check out the new Screen Actors Guild 75th anniversary items, including T-shirts and polos. Get ready for summer with a new camisole or cap and demonstrate your union pride.
Have a question about contracts, talent agents or your dues status? Need to file a claim? The South Region Office is ready to assist.
Telephone: (800) SAG-0767, option 5
Fax: (800) 844-5439
Mail: Screen Actors Guild
7300 North Kendall Drive, Suite 620
Miami, FL 33156-7840