Aloha Brothers and Sisters:
We kicked off the New Year at Honey’s in Kaneohe with our third annual SAG Awards local party with great success. Thanks to local committee members Leanne Teves and Jean Simon for their very dedicated work that accounted for the fun and success. We look forward to having another event next January.
Our conservatory program has continued to offer invaluable workshops that are very well attended. More are planned for the future.
Local committees populated with officers, board members and local members are working diligently to advance locally the national agenda to educate, outreach and engage.
Our local also supports the union’s campaign to organize performers working in commercials for Droga5, a digital advertising agency. The Commercials Contract is ready for negotiations, something that promises to be a challenging effort.
Our first general membership meeting of the year was held on March 21. We hosted a lively panel of our preeminent local casting directors Katie Doyle, Rachel Sutton and Brent Anbe discussing trends in the industry. Our thanks to them for their generous sharing of information and for responding to our members’ questions and concerns.
The Background Actors and Diversity committees are planning an Artists in the Park event June 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will bring us together to share our many talents and gifts in a relaxed outdoor setting. More details to follow. Save the date.
Future projects under consideration include a possible student film contest in partnership with UHM-ACM and HIFF, a local Commercials Organizing and Recapture Initiative, and fashioning a better method by which our members are exposed to casting directors and producers.
This is your union. We welcome your ideas and support of whatever projects or areas of interest you may have.
David C. Farmer