479 NEWS

Doug Collins Requests Financial Relief for Georgia’s Film Industry

US Representative Doug Collins Advocates for Georgia Film Industry

United States Representative Doug Collins has written a letter of support for our industry to the Speaker of the House, encouraging Congress to pursue financial relief for entertainment workers affected by the pause in production due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Freelancers, contractors, gig workers and the entertainment industry make significant contributions to our communities and economy here in Georgia. As Congress considers relief for American workers, I’m hopeful these folks will be offered similar protections as other industries.”

Doug Collins, United States House of Representatives

As the International IATSE notes, Doug has been a champion for the entertainment industry in Georgia, and we thank him for joining the dozens of congresspeople on both sides of the aisle fighting to make sure congress doesn’t leave IATSE members behind.

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President Brown: IATSE Local 479 Acts to Assist Members During COVID-19 Crisis

Sisters and Brothers of Local 479,

As I write you today it is clear that we have found ourselves in a sudden and unpredictable landscape. The uncertainty that surrounds the COVID-19 virus has impacted our industry unlike anything we have ever experienced. Yesterday Vice President Norris, Business Representative Akins and I participated in a conference call with International President Loeb, Vice President and Director of Motion Picture and Television Michael Miller, along with other officers of IATSE Locals across the US, Puerto Rico and Canada. Our conversations continued today with Assistant Department Director of Motion Picture and Television Dan Mahoney. This situation is evolving by the hour and we have more questions than answers right now. Despite the uncertainty our industry faces, we must move forward with efforts to ease the burden this will create for our members.

Last night I called an emergency meeting of the Local 479 Executive Board. Due to the unprecedented work stoppage and the uncertain amount of time the industry will be down, the following motions were presented, discussed, voted on and adopted:

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Coronavirus Updates for Members

We have created a post on the Member Dashboard containing all the latest information about COVID-19, including an updated list of show statuses, the latest news from IATSE International, news from the National Benefits Fund, statements from studios regarding COVID-19, and current Public Health notifications about testing and treatment for COVID-19.

Note that you must log in to access this information.

Office Closed to Walk-in Traffic

The Local 479 offices are closed to all walk-in traffic.  The office staff are working remotely and remain available by phone and email to assist members during normal business hours at (404) 361-5676.

We want to reassure our membership that the local will continue to be available to answer your questions and assist you in all of the same ways.  Please do not travel to the hall for assistance; instead contact the office by phone or email and we will be glad to help you.

Call us at (404) 361-5676

During this time, we ask that anyone wishing to submit an application to join the local do so by emailing their completed, signed application documents to office@iatse479.org.  Upon receipt of your application submission, you will be contacted by phone to collect application fees and answer questions.

All training classes scheduled to take place at the Local 479 hall between 3/16/2020 – 3/27/2020 will be postponed to a future date.  If you are signed up for a class that was originally scheduled during this time, you will be contacted by the local via email with more information.  

Coronavirus Advisory for Members

Members should log into the Member Dashboard (click here) to see the latest updates about the Coronavirus outbreak.

Invitation to Georgia Film Day 2020

Please note that we have been informed that Film Day 2020 has been relocated to the NORTH WING of the Georgia State Capitol.

Film Day 2020 is Coming!
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Andi Sowers Nominated for Visual Effects Award

Special Effects technician Andi Sowers has been nominated with the VFX team from season 3 of the hit thriller Stranger Things, from Netflix.

IATSE Local 479 is pleased to announce that local member Andi Sowers, has been nominated as part of the VFX team for the 18th annual VES Awards For Outstanding Visual Effects for Photoreal Episode for her work on the 3rd season of the Atlanta-lensed television series Stranger Things.

The 18th Annual VES Awards will take place on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the Beverly Hilton – if you’d like to watch, the ceremonies will be livestreamed on Facebook (click for link).

Are you a 479 member who has been nominated for an industry award? Please contact 479media@iatse479.org with the details so we can share your news with our membership!

Business Agent’s End of Year Report 2019

From the Desk of Mike Akins, Business Agent IATSE Local 479

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Local 479,

Another busy year for Georgia’s film industry has come to a close.

Production Remains Active

The past twelve months have seen more than 50 features, 57 episodic productions, and 10 pilots shot in our jurisdiction, providing more than 15,000 jobs to our members.  Local 479 members were hired to work on every union-made production in town, from the ultra-low budget Blast Beat and Alieu the Dreamer to high profile features like Bad Boys for Life, Jumanji 2, and Richard Jewell.  This year our members earned more than $300,000,000 in wages.

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Michael Rayle Nominated for CAS Award

Production Sound Mixer Michael Rayle has been nominated for his work on Season 3 of Stranger Things on Netflix.

IATSE Local 479 is pleased to announce that one of our members, Michael Rayle, has been nominated for the 56th CAS Awards For Outstanding Achievement In Sound Mixing For 2019 for his work on the 3rd season of the Atlanta-lensed television series Stranger Things.

The 56th Annual CAS Awards will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel in the Wilshire Grand Ballroom.

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Are you a 479 member who has been nominated for an industry award? Please contact 479media@iatse479.org with the details so we can share your news with our membership!

IATSE Pride Float Benefits Charity

Still frame from television broadcast of the 2019 Atlanta Pride parade, featuring the IATSE Local 479 Pride banner and marchers from IATSE locals marching along the parade route, surrounded by cheering onlookers standing behind metal barriers.
IATSE Local 479 was represented on-air during a live broadcast by PeachtreeTV.

This past October marked IATSE’s first entry in the 49th Atlanta Pride Parade. Local 479 member Nate Dahlkemper spearheaded the effort, coordinating with members from Local 479 along with several other Atlanta-based IATSE locals over the course of a month to create a float commemorating classic “Old Hollywood”, complete with red carpet and a winding staircase.

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