Arizona-Utah 2017:03

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The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA Arizona-Utah Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the SAG-AFTRA Arizona-Utah Local
Spring 2017


April 1: Membership meeting at the Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City

April 7: Industry night at the Phoenix Film Festival

April 29: Membership meeting in Phoenix

May: Information regarding elections for board positions

October: Convention


On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Regional Education and Outreach Liaison Cynthia Williams conducted a Low Budget and New Media Contracts presentation to independent filmmakers associated with Independent Film Arizona (IFA) and film students from The Art Institute of Tucson. The workshop was held at The Art Institute. There were 15 in attendance (12 from IFA) and, based on a quick survey of the room, the majority of them were unfamiliar with the SAG-AFTRA low budget contracts. The workshop was an effective way to introduce them to SAG-AFTRA, the contracts and the signatory process.  

Williams also conducted a workshop for the University of Arizona’s course Directing for the Screen. Thirty students were able to learn about the benefits of SAG-AFTRA, the low budget agreements, member eligibility requirements, member responsibilities and member resources.




Words From Your Local President

Joe Corcoran

Spoiler Alert: This is not a fake news article. It is reality–based, with hopefully just a wisp of whimsy, motivating motivation, commonly common sense and usefully useful information. As we venture forward into this interesting and different world called 2017, I want to reaffirm that our AZ-UT Local Board is committed to ensuring that our membership is informed and involved.

To that end, I have been extremely encouraged by past and upcoming events that are proving the old axiom that communication and involvement are cornerstones of any combination that unlocks a gate that allows us to wander down the path toward organizational success. It also can lead to run-on sentences, but I digress.

Thanks to all those who attended and helped with our Phoenix SAG Awards event. It was, as always, splendidly splendid. See you all next year.

The meet-and-greet with our southern Arizona membership was outstandingly outstanding, not to mention energizing and motivating. Thank you, Bill Killian, for your kind and validating words about the evening:

“It takes great leaders to have a dynamic meeting and follow-up action and service. Thank you for providing that leadership as president of the SAG-AFTRA Arizona-Utah Local. It was an incredible meeting in Tucson, and I’m so glad that I decided to attend our union meeting. It was also important to go around the room and have individuals introduce themselves — powerful. Cynthia was spot-on perfect and Margie added much to the process and energy. Food [was] outstanding! Great night. Thank you for your leadership over the years.” 

If you are attending the Phoenix Film Festival, stop and say hello at our SAG-AFTRA booth on Industry Night on Friday, April 7, from 5 – 10 p.m. It’s a great chance to meet, mingle and network with our members as well as other actors, directors, producers, agents and everyone else working in the Arizona film industry, who gather to rub elbows and exchange business cards during this free event. 

The annual Utah membership meeting in Salt Lake City, which is held once every year, will be on April 1 and, speaking of meetings, the annual Arizona membership meeting, which also is held once every year, will be April 29. Details will be forthcoming soon or in the near future, whichever comes first.  

I am sorry, as well as apologize and feel remorse, for the previous redundant thread of bad writing. I got distracted for an instant by four unexpected and inexplicable measures of the movie theme from La La Land running through my brain. OK, I’m back now, but I don’t know for how long, so I will wrap this up before It’s a Small World takes over. Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or questions. If I don’t know the answer, there are people who do and I know how to get ahold of them. I also will contact them.

Joe Corcoran

President, Arizona-Utah Local