Sponsored events run from March 9-13, 2013 in Austin, TX
SAG-AFTRA, SAG-AFTRA New Media, SAGindie and
SAG Foundation Team Up for SXSW 2013

Groups sponsor trade show booth, actors’ workshops and receptions
for festival-goers & regional SAG-AFTRA performers

LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2013) – As the independent interactive, music, and film worlds gear up to descend on Austin, Texas for SXSW 2013, SAG-AFTRA, SAG-AFTRA New Media, SAGindie and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation are headed to this year’s conference and festival with an array of sponsored events, workshops and receptions for festival-goers and regional SAG-AFTRA performers.

“We are excited to partner at SXSW 2013. For more than a decade, we have enjoyed presenting exciting and educational programs at the festival for filmmakers, performers and recording artists. This year we are thrilled to be a presence once again as we highlight the great work done by SAG-AFTRA on behalf of its members.” – Randy Himes, SAG-AFTRA Assistant National Executive Director, Sound Recordings.

“We are proud to be a part of SXSW again this year.  The event has really become the central hub for the synergy of creative talent, technology and culture." – Mark Friedlander, SAG-AFTRA National Director, New Media.

“SXSW has become such an unbelievable intersection of talent, it’s now vital to our mission to connect with some of the most exciting and forward-thinking filmmakers and content creators working today. We’re proud to be back again in 2013, not only as a sponsor, but also as a part of this supportive and fun-loving community.” – Darrien Michele Gipson, SAGindie National Director.

“The SAG Foundation is thrilled to be making its debut at SXSW 2013 in order to bring our vital programs to the independent film community. While we’re in Austin, we’ll also be offering our signature LifeRaft and Casting Access Project (CAP) programs to the regional SAG-AFTRA membership.” – Rochelle Rose, SAG Foundation National Director of Actors Programs.

Schedule of Events, Workshops and Receptions

SAG-AFTRA and SAGindie Trade Show Booth
WHEN: March 10 – 13, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Austin Convention Center, Trade Show Exhibition Booth 305, 500 E Cesar Chavez Street

SAG-AFTRA New Media/SXM “Armed Response” Reception
WHEN: March 9 – 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: W Hotel, Austin, 200 Lavaca Street

SAG Foundation’s Day of LifeRaft & Casting Access Projects for SAG-AFTRA members only
WHEN: Sunday, March 10 – times below
WHERE: Austin Actors Conservatory, Studio E, 7612-F West Hwy 71, Austin

  • LifeRaft with Bonnie Gillespie:  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Casting Access Project with Bonnie Gillespie:  11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Casting Access Project with Matthew Lessall: 2 p.m. –  4 p.m.

SXSW Event with SAG Foundation: Meet the Insiders: Casting for Film
WHEN: Monday, March 11 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Austin Convention Center, 4th Floor, Room 17B

  • Moderator: Rochelle Rose, Screen Actors Guild Foundation
  • Speaker #1 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. --  Beth Sepko, Beth Sepko Casting / 3rd Coast Extras
  • Speaker # 2 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Alexa Fogel, Beech Hill Films

See it online: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FP990408

SAGindie/WGA West/ DGA “SXSW Film Happy Hour hosted by The Guilds”
WHEN: March 11 – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Intercontinental Hotel Austin, Stephen F. Bar, 701 N. Congress Avenue
A SXSW Film, Gold or Platinum badge are required for entry.

SXSW Workshop with the SAG Foundation - Actors: Create Your Brand & Corner Your Market!
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12 – 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Austin Convention Center, 4th Floor, Room 13AB, capacity 152

  • Moderator: Rochelle Rose, Screen Actors Guild Foundation
  • Speaker --  Beth Sepko, Beth Sepko Casting / 3rd Coast Extras
  • Speaker – Bonnie Gillespie, Cricket Feet Casting

See it online: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_FP990461

SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other entertainment and media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. A proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA has national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide representing members working together to secure the strongest protections for entertainment and media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org.

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About SAGindie
Be independent. Act professional. Just because your film isn’t being produced by a studio doesn’t mean you can’t use professional actors. From short films to low budget features, when you’re ready to turn that passion project into a reality, SAGindie will teach you how to get the ball rolling.

About the Screen Actors Guild Foundation
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. Founded in 1985, the SAG Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, independent from SAG-AFTRA, and relies solely on support from grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual contributions to maintain our programs and create new ones. For more information, visit www.sagfoundation.org.


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