Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SAG Nevada Holiday Party Monday night

Free Admittance!
Non-Hosted Bar/Food at Happy Hour prices.
Please wear your most festive holiday attire.

We decided to throw a party where everyone can relax and enjoy themselves -- no matter how hard hit by the economy. You can participate at any level. Everyone is invited, including union/non-union Actors, Directors, Producers, etc.

Free Admittance!
Non-Hosted Bar/Food at Happy Hour prices.
Please wear your most festive holiday attire.

Tommy Rocker's, 4275 Dean Martin Dr
  • When
    Monday, December 5, 2011
    7 to 11 PM

November National Board Report (unofficial)

This is an unofficial private letter, not a publication of the Screen Actors Guild nor does it reflect the views and policies of the Guild. I am writing this in open honesty as myself, Art Lynch, who happens to serve Nevada on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild.

Brothers and sisters of our union;
I am proud to represent you on the National Board of Directors. For those who voted for my opponent, I hope to hear from you to find out what you feel I need to do, as well as your concerns. The only way we can publicize in this newsletter if for you to get in touch with me through our SAG office, Your views, opinions and what you feel I should be doing for you are valued and needed.

As always, President Ken Howard began the meeting with a moment of silence for those who have passed away over the past year. He read each name in solemn voice. It was highly emotional when Rick Crachy and other Nevadans were acknowledged. Rest in peace.

We are union.

I received an ovation at my reelection to the board, with the RBD

Former Nevada President Steve Dressler did wish to remain on two national committees An attempt to unseat him from those committees was successful for the policy setting Guild Government Review Committee (although he may be yet added as an alternate) but fought off by myself and Regional Branch Division Vice Chair Todd Hissong of Chicago for Dressler voting seat on the Rules of Procedure Committee. Despite propaganda to the contrary, long time branch president Steve Dressler remains active in the Screen Actors Guild at the national level.

Allow me for a moment to go back to the membership meeting, where for the first time since I was elected to board I did not sit next to the podium or at least our executive, but was placed on the far right corner of the rostrum. The few who showed their union pride enough to attend the Nevada membership meeting saw that I speak my mind, the truth as I see it and am in this for all of the membership, the union, not a club, clique or politics.

Politics, the past and petty differences must be put aside to allow for more council meetings, stronger committees, the loss of agendas in nominating or other committees, work with the national board representative to inform the membership, be a vital part of the process of forming a new union, and solidifying Nevada as a stand alone branch or local, with our own identity, history and membership needs and services. With the election behind us, we need to hold our our hands, swallow our pride and move forward for the membership, not our own ego, agenda or social desires.

The Screen Actors Guild is a union, not a club or social organization. 

We are part of the AFL-CIO and four A's. We function legally as a union and provide union services and negotiation rights as outlined by Federal Labor Law.

Policy is constitutionally vested in the National Board of Directors, with certain powers vested by the board to our National Executive Director. Local councils deal with local needs, committees and keeping the membership connected to and involved with the branch.

Local activism encouraged.

Union members are encouraged to plan events in support of charity. There are two reasons that such activities do need to be coordinated through staff. First of all, to allow the Guild to assist in publicizing member activities. The second is make sure that there are no conflicts you may not be aware of (limitations on SAG set by Federal Labor law, planned job actions, or conflicts with SAG policy as examples). The Nevada branch has been one of the more active branches, and has plans to become even more so.

Stay Dues Current: It is important for Nevada’s voice in a new union.

A reminder to SAG members that it is very important you pay your dues ASAP.  Methods of payment and, if applicable locations, can be found on the web site. Your on-time dues payment is vital to ensure services and national board voting level for Nevada

The Road Toward a New Union.

A new merged union is needed to counter the increased strength of the corporations who hire us, to maintain wages and working conditions, to establish our right to representation on new media and growing contracts and to  protect performers well into the future. Economy of scale and unified representation will end competition between unions in this anti-union environment in which we all live. If you wish to work more often, you should support the proposed new union.

There will be merger or growing pains. Some branches and locals may close or consolidate. Dues for those who are members of only one union will go up, but it is an investment in your own future. Government and the nature of how services are delivered to the membership will go through changes, some small, others potentially major.

SAG's four day Regional Branch Division and National Board Meeting October 20 to 23rd, ended with very little information released about the highly secretive G1 process of movement toward "one union". Board members are in the same position as the general membership, awaiting details to be discussed and possibly passed at the January National Board Meeting.

A new union for the 21st century "and beyond' (Buzz Light-year) is the goal, not the merger of two existing unions rooted in the technology of the early to middle 20th century.

Former SAG President Richard Masur drove it home with me...the choice is survival, and being able to remain a strong union. If we do not merge, new technologies, management driven powers and divisiveness between unions will weaken both unions and empower the qualified professional non-union market. We must merge.

There will be change. There are no guarantees on branch or local integrity, political voice or structure, although the focus is toward national representation from the local level up. Remember that there are major cultural an structural differences between the two unions that must be dealt with to lay the foundation for the "new union." 

One issue is that not all branches of SAG (Nevada as an example) have an AFTRA local and most AFTRA locals do not have a SAG Branch. That said the largest SAG branches are operating as if they were 'joint offices' already. I will continue to fight to keep Nevada well represented, staffed and our own local branch identity, however I have not seen any plans on restructuring or the new union.

Dues may go up. In fact, if the merger fails, both unions will likely raise their dues to meet the needs of the current economy. Both unions have cut back on staff and restructured members support services.

The G-1 is a committee made up to selected officers and representatives from SAG and AFTRA. It has to remain small to get the job done, with the help of the AFL-CIO. There are subcommittees that have brought in a number of other members (you need not be on the board, it is the experience under contracts and in Guild service that count) to work on sub-committee work. The vast majorities of the two boards are not involved in the process and know only what has been released to the public.
Again, most of the process is under legal confidentiality.

You may send your questions, comments, suggestions and priorities directly to It will be read and considered by the G-1 committee.

Organizing to increase work opportunities.

The Guild is working to increase the use of SAG talent.

The truth is that a union contract not only protects you, but offers advantages to young producers and filmmakers. This will help producers to see the value of qualified professional union talent. There are resources within the Guild to help productions use qualified union professional talent.   

SAG is working internally and with outside services to make it easier for the employers to become union signatories. The starting point is the corporate educational contract, with local focus on small low budget and student films, but efforts will expand. 

Organization really starts at the grass roots level. That means you, me and everyone else in the union. We need to audition for all productions, union and non-union, but insist on a union contract before we accept a job. We need to report union members who are ignoring our primary rule, that we do not work non-union. We need to help show producers how easy it can be to work with union talent under a union contract. We need to be fully professional on audition and on the set. We need to support and become active with the Branch Organizing Committee.

Rule One must be enforced to build union work for us all.

Remember Rule 1 always applies, which means union talent does not do non-union work.

Members are obligated to turn in anyone alleged to be doing non-union work. There is a due-process procedure, along with evidential requirements and degrees of judgment and decisions making. No member will be “crucified” and most come out of the process as stronger unionist.

Rule 9 enforcement is another issue in areas where all entertainment acting related unions are active.  We are expected to support other unions in their contracts.

If you are working under a SAG contract, you may cross another unions picket line. Contact our local executive, Steve Clinton, should you find yourself in this position. If you are not working a SAG gig, it is up to you. SAG members are encouraged to join in union picket lines, in view of the declining position of unions in America.

Stay on top of your union.

It is important that members have current e-mail addresses that they check and read. The union will provide information on what your union is doing, send surveys for your opinion and promote events and benefits you may find interesting only by e-mail. The print magazine will be provided three times a year, with an e-version for the 4th edition.

If you know of any member who does not have e-mail, or who is not receiving electronic Guild communications, please offer to help them to go on-line. If you prefer, our executive, Steve Clinton, has offered to help. Steven

The Hollywood Reporter may still be offering free subscriptions for Guild members, on-line news magazine, blogs, and other services are available free or for a fee, to help you to remain on top of the industry. In the interest of full disclosure, I have run a daily Nevada industry blog for over three years.

I strongly encourage you, in this rapidly changing world, to do so.

I think you will find that we need to consolidate into a new union to be able to remain strong into the 21st century.

Barbara is back.

It was good to see Barbara Grant at the last membership meeting and even more moving to work with her at the recent RBD and National Board meetings, where branch president have a voice (RBD) and observe during the full board meeting. We are all glad to see her back!

In solidarity;

Art Lynch
National Board Director

This is not writing in any way on behalf of the Screen Actors Guild or any other organization, unless indicated otherwise. 

How do you find out about auditions? How to you land parts?

Work in Nevada requires hustling, study and the tools.

Recently a student asked me where should they go to audition.

My answers:

Keep up on this and other blogs.

Network with friends and filmmakers.

Ask others at the audition to add you to their lists to contact about auditions.

SAG Nevada Production Hotline (702) 737-8818
Nevada Film Office Hotline (702) 486-2727
 List with agents (click here).

List with known licensed casting directors (click here).

SAG Indie (national- click here)

Visit and make contacts through the Nevada Film Office (click here).

Casting Call Entertainment and Dark Water Productions (click here)

Join Nevada Film Alliance (click here)

Join the Nevada Film Group (click here)

Join the Film and Television Artists of Nevada (click here).

Join  UNLV Film ( here).

Network at UNLV film department.

Network with CSN film and video students.

Help activate the Nevada Talent Network (click here).

Participate in Women in Film (men welcome, click here). 

Las Vegas Singers and Actors Meet-up (click here) 

If you have other contacts, ideas or lists, 
please pass them on to me at

Thank you in advance.

Join us for a Special Live-Streaming Event: A Leap into the Digital Age for Actors and Producers, TONIGHT...Nov. 30

You Are Invited to a MOVE Hollywood and MOVE New York Coast-to-Coast Live-Streaming Event
A Leap into the Digital Age for Actors and Producers: The Screen Actors Guild Production Center 

MOVE Live Stream Event
Join MOVE Hollywood and MOVE New York at this special coast-to-coast live and LIVE-STREAMING event for members and producers across the country, featuring SAG National Executive Director David White; producers Richard DiPatri, Carly Hugo and Allison Allain; Deborah Skelly, executive director of Industry Relations; Mark Friedlander, national director of New Media; Ted Sinclair, senior manager of Theatrical and Television Contracts; Stephanie Perry, manager of Theatrical and Television Contracts; and moderated by Pamela Greenwalt, executive director of Communications. 

Click here to view the LIVE-STREAM, Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. PT / 8-10 p.m. ET

Join the conversation: Send us your questions and comments to and via Twitter using the hashtag #SAGmove.
Make more projects SAG!

Members in Hollywood, New York and Miami are invited to attend this panel in person (RSVP info below). This seminar will fill up fast so be sure to make your reservation ASAP!

Los Angeles, 5-7 p.m. PST
James Cagney Board Room
5757 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Parking will be validated.

New York, 8-10 p.m. ESTLeon Janney Boardroom
360 Madison Avenue (14th Floor)
New York, NY (Entrance on E. 45th Street)

Miami, 8-10 p.m. EST
Mel Pape Conference Room
7300 N. Kendall Dr. Suite 620
Miami, FL
Make more projects SAG!

Reservations required for in-person attendance.
Admittance with a reservation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Click here to make a reservation to attend the event in person in Los Angeles.
Click here to make a reservation to attend the event in person in New York.
Click here to make a reservation to attend the event in person in Miami.
Doors open one hour prior to event start time.
You must bring your current SAG card and photo I.D.

Three Local Nevada SAG Events

Important Announcements From the Nevada Branch

[1] Don’t Forget to Join Your Fellow Branch Members at a Viewing Party for a Live-Streaming Event on Wednesday
[2] Nevada Branch Annual Las Vegas All Entertainment Industry Holiday Mixer, December 5
[3] SAVE the DATE: Nevada Branch SAG Awards Viewing Party, January 29

[1] Don’t Forget to Join Your Fellow Branch Members at a Viewing Party for a Live-Streaming Event on Wednesday, December 1!

Over the past five years I have been working on making it easier for producers to use SAG talent, in Nevada and coast to coast. In my role as national c-chair of New Technologies and c-chair of the Website Committee I have worked tirelessly to increase our work by making contract access easier. Find out we are doing and how to help producers use union talent in Nevada.

Join Your Fellow Branch Members at a Viewing Party for a MOVE Hollywood and MOVE New York Coast-to-Coast Live-Streaming Event:

A Leap into the Digital Age for Actors and Producers:
The Screen Actors Guild Production Center

Want to make your new media job SAG? How about that low budget film? Have you been seeing a lot of non-union work happening and want to know how you might be able to organize the job under a SAG contract?

This is a special coast-to-coast live and live-streamed event for members across the country, and is the first workshop in a nationwide organizing pilot project that will give you an understanding of the new SAG Production Center and online signatory application.

Members of the Nevada Branch are invited to attend in person where we will also discuss organizing in Nevada.  Bring filmmakers of your acquaintance, because we need to let folks know how easy it is to become SAG signatory. 

When: 5-7 p.m. (PST), Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Where: Theater7
1406 South 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV  89104
(In the Downtown Arts District just N of Stratosphere, where Main St and LV Blvd split)

RSVP to Steve Clinton via email at: and indicate that you plan to attend.

For those members unable to attend in person, this event will be live-streamed nationwide (no RSVP required). On the day and time of the event you may view the seminar live by clicking here.

Ask questions by email, or via Twitter at #SAGmove.

Make more projects SAG!
Reservations required for in-person attendance.
Admittance without a reservation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

[2] Nevada Branch annual Las Vegas All Entertainment Industry Holiday Mixer, December 5

Join your fellow Branch members at our Branch’s annual holiday mixer for the Las Vegas Entertainment Industry.  We will again be holding the event at Tommy Rockers.

When: 7-11 p.m. (PST), Monday, December 5, 2011

Where: Tommy Rocker’s Mojave Beach Bar & Grill
4275 Dean Martin Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89103

RSVP to:

Free admittance/free parking/non-hosted Happy Hour cash bar & menu.

[3] SAVE the DATE: Nevada Branch SAG Awards Viewing Party, January 29

I have been serving on the National SAG Awards and Tribute Committee and Awards sub-committee to keep our strongest national advertising and public relations event going strong. I was proud to be one of many who championed Eanest Borgnine to national honors last year. This year Mary Tyler Moore was selected as the life time achievement award winner to be honored at the SAG Awards.

We will again be hosting a SAG Awards Viewing Party in Nevada.  Details are still being worked out and announcements will be going out in early January.  This is a SAG Nevada member event only.  If you would like to volunteer to work Branch events please email Steve Clinton at and your information will be passed on to the event chair.

The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing - an introduction

Why we are who we are politically studied by Colin Firth

Political Orientations tied to Brain structures (A scientific report on why we are who we are)

A study on the differences in the human brain as they relate to political leaning was co-authored by actor Colin Firth with top scientist. Of course in the US Republicans love to call actors dumb, unqualified and not worthy of the political voice they have. Could the reason be how intelligent you have to be to be an actor. And remember Ronald Reagan and Charleston Heston were conservatives.

ScienceDirect - Current Biology : Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Youn
Received 11 January 2011; revised 10 February 2011; Accepted 4 March 2011. Published online: April 7, 2011. Available online 7 April 2011.


Substantial differences exist in the cognitive styles of liberals and conservatives on psychological measures [1]. Variability in political attitudes reflects genetic influences and their interaction with environmental factors [ [2] and [3] ]. Recent work has shown a correlation between liberalism and conflict-related activity measured by event-related potentials originating in the anterior cingulate cortex [4]. Here we show that this functional correlate of political attitudes has a counterpart in brain structure. In a large sample of young adults, we related self-reported political attitudes to gray matter volume using structural MRI. We found that greater liberalism was associated with increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala. These results were replicated in an independent sample of additional participants. Our findings extend previous observations that political attitudes reflect differences in self-regulatory conflict monitoring [4] and recognition of emotional faces [5] by showing that such attitudes are reflected in human brain structure. Although our data do not determine whether these regions play a causal role in the formation of political attitudes, they converge with previous work [ [4] and [6] ] to suggest a possible link between brain structure and psychological mechanisms that mediate political attitudes.


► Political liberalism and conservatism were correlated with brain structure ► Liberalism was associated with the gray matter volume of anterior cingulate cortex ► Conservatism was associated with increased right amygdala size ► Results offer possible accounts for cognitive styles of liberals and conservatives

VOD Rides to the Rescue of Indie Film

By Brent Lang

The indie film industry has found a life preserver -- and it's not floating in movie theaters.
In fact, it's the very model studios have been unsuccessfully trying to push past theater owners lately: debuting movies on video-on-demand simultaneously -- or even in advance of -- theatrical release.

"In reality, for most independent movies, VOD will be far and away the largest source of revenue in the future,” Magnolia Pictures co-owner Mark Cuban told TheWrap. “More than theatrical and far more than streaming."
For many smaller indies, the future is already here.

Without early VOD releasing, such recent indie films as Kevin Spacey's financial crisis drama "Margin Call" -- expected to double its $4 million domestic box office through on-demand rentals -- would face a tough road to profitability.

Likewise, Lars von Trier's latest, "Melancholia" -- which is on pace to gross $2 million via VOD vs. between $2 to $3 million in domestic art houses -- is connecting with home audiences in a way that the polarizing film might not have been able to otherwise.

Also read: Lionsgate's 'Abduction' Miracle: Early VOD With Theater Owners' Blessing
The platform is allowing companies such as IFC, Magnolia and Roadside Attractions to recoup most of their investment without having to orchestrate expensive print campaigns and costly national rollouts for movies that may not play well in Middle America.

“It’s the most stable releasing period we’ve ever had,” Eamonn Bowles, president and co-founder of Magnolia Pictures, told TheWrap. “Platform releasing, where you opened in a couple of theaters and hoped to expand later, was a recipe for disaster. The paradigm was broken, so we had no choice but to hit on something that made sense.”

Also read: NATO to Hollywood: Give Us DirecTV's Premium VOD Numbers

But not everyone in the indie film world agrees that VOD is a savior.

"It’s much more complicated situation than what Mark Cuban is trying to sell," Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, told TheWrap. "If your movie can play through all the windows that start with the theatical release, nine times out of 10 it will be much more successful than the VOD/theater box office."

He calculated that "Margin Call," for example, would have made millions more through television deals and wider theatrical release than it is currently making through on-demand.

Just a few years ago, with a number of high-profile art house distributors such as Miramax and Warner Independent Pictures shutting off the lights, it seemed like independent film might be dying.

Today, independent film companies are feeling better about not just the prospects for on demand, but are also bullish about the new licensing fees being paid by streaming companies like Hulu and Netflix.

Events for Thursday December 1, 2011

Occupy L.A. upstages film production at City Hall, Swept Away this AM by LA Police

Photo: Film shoot in front of Los Angeles City Hall for the ABC TV superhero series "No Ordinary Family." Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.

From the LA Times Company Town: click here for the latest news.

Many in Hollywood are sympathetic to the goals of Occupy L.A.

But the protesters are upstaging one of the industry's most popular shoot locations.

With its distinctive concrete tower and Greco-inspired architecture, City Hall has long been a favorite of location managers as an iconic symbol of Los Angeles and a stand-in for everything from Congress to courtrooms of New York in numerous movies, television shows and commercials.

In the last two months, however, film production around the 32-floor landmark building has fallen off sharply, largely because its 1.7-acre lawn has become a base camp for an entirely different kind of production.

Since Oct. 1, Occupy L.A. protesters have been inhabiting a sprawling tent city as part of a nationwide campaign to draw attention to economic inequalities in the country.

Click on Read More below to continue.
UPDATE: Last Night and This Morning LA Police cleared the property and this morning clean up crews are readying it for a film shoot and business as usual.