HAPPENINGS IN PITTSBURGH
(Philadelphia Branch Executive Director Marcia Fishman addresses a full house at the Pittsburgh meeting.)
Pittsburgh Conservatory Program Kicks Off to an Enthusiastic Response
By Patricia Cray
Guild members living in the Western Pennsylvania Region enthusiastically endorsed their first SAG Conservatory program presented on February 25 at the Radisson Greentree outside of Pittsburgh. “Your Casting Directors’ Pet Peeves” was the headline feature of the program. On hand was Philadelphia Branch Executive Director Marcia Fishman, who provided members with insight into various membership issues, including information on iActor, a new payment plan for new members and meeting members’ needs even though their branch executive resides in another state. Donna Belajac and Nancy Mosser, whose respective casting agencies have handled recent SAG casting in the Pittsburgh area on Adventureland, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Road and the upcoming She’s Out of My League, shared their audition tips and perspectives. The floor was then open for questions. Watch for the next program on June 21, the day that SAG will celebrate its 75th anniversary nationwide.
Lights! Glamour! Action!
Philadelphia Branch council member Patricia Cray (a Pittsburgh resident) and Philadelphia Branch Executive Director Marcia Fishman attended "Lights! Glamour! Action!"-- the annual benefit of the Pittsburgh Film Office. As they networked through the crowd, nearly 1,000 attendees were either engaged in a silent auction, enjoying excellent food, or glued to the big screen as the Oscars were being awarded. Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Film Office for producing such a successful event.
FILM ACTIVITY IN PHILADELPHIA
By Helen McNutt
National Board Representative
The Philadelphia Branch of Screen Actors Guild just finished an exciting 2007. This past year we saw many film productions in our area: Cover, Our Lady of Victory, Malevolence: Bereavement, The Happening and The Lovely Bones. Many of our members worked as principals in these productions, while others worked as background actors. Whether dancing in a gym for Our Lady of Victory or running through the fields of Chester County for The Happening, our hardworking community of actors demonstrated their talent and professionalism. The Philadelphia Branch of Screen Actors Guild looks forward to another exciting film year in 2008 with many opportunities to “strut our stuff.”
THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS
By Tom McNutt
On March 1, volunteers from the Philadelphia Branch of Screen Actors Guild participated in a fund-raising drive for WHYY, the public television station. Organized by Harvey Jaffe, Helen McNutt and Tom McNutt, and with Sylvia Kauders as spokesperson, the volunteers included Sara Blazo, Donna Dundon, Mike Brooks, Vincetta Easley, Bill Goldberg, Jeanette Hartunian, Bob Kirk, Gail Lewis, Jo McLean, Keith Moyer, Sara Painter, Shane Radford, Mike Russo, Beverly Turk, James Tunnicliffe, Ruth Weiman and Trudy Wilson. Thanks much! The Philadelphia community appreciates your service.
TAKE A CASTING WORKSHOP - FOR FREE
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 chosen by Back Stage West as “The 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 New York or Hollywood and would like to attend, SAG members (18 years of age 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.
In order to request a Casting Access Project orientation packet, SAG members planning to visit either area may simply contact the CAP region they plan to visit first. The packet is e-mailed to the recipient. Guild members without access to e-mail may request a mailed hardcopy by leaving a message at the appropriate CAP hotline: (323) 549-6022 in Los Angeles, (212) 591-0288 in New York.
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 at www.sagfoundation.org.
iActor HAS STATION 12 CAST CLEARANCE FEATURE
iActor, the only union-hosted online casting directory, now features Station 12 cast clearance. Showcasing exclusively SAG members, iActor provides casting directors and producers the ability to source and then directly verify an actor’s union eligibility for work in SAG-signatory productions, known as “Station 12” cast clearance. By bringing Station 12 cast clearance online, an industry first, iActor streamlines the casting process, saving time and other valuable resources.
iActor is free to SAG members and the entertainment industry. In addition to its proprietary online Station 12 cast clearance, iActor provides casting directors with the ability to find SAG actors using a customizable search function, create and tag folders according to personal work methodology, preview resumes, view headshots from multiple resumes in a slideshow, and both print and e-mail individual resumes. iActor also provides a content-rich resource for casting directors searching regional talent pools for SAG actors.
Currently, more than 23,790 union members representing a cross section of earnings and geographical locations have created resumes on iActor. Are you on iActor? Don’t miss out on this special opportunity.
SAVE THE DATE!
On June 21, 2008, Screen Actors Guild will celebrate its 75th anniversary across the country. Put the date on your calendar and watch for information on the activities in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Interested in volunteering to help with the festivities? Contact Philadelphia Branch Executive Director Marcia Fishman at (248) 351-2678, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS NEWSLETTER?
Contact Philadelphia Branch Executive Director Marcia Fishman at email@example.com, (800) SAG-0767 or (248) 351-2678.