In mid-March of this year productions across the country were suspended in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. As film workers everywhere went home to shelter in place we all realized that our industry might be facing an extended period without employment; no one knew what to expect next.
Local 479 member and long-time Craft Services Key, Stephanie Morales, soon grew restless at home, feeling that there ought to be something that she could be doing to assist her community in the midst of this crisis. One day she realized that she still had her Local 479 Vacation check in her wallet and thought to herself, “I’ve got to do something!”(more…)
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.(more…)
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:(more…)
The winners of the 2019 Robert Vazquez IATSE 479 Scholarship were announced to the membership via email by Vice President Whit Norris, due to the onset of Covid-19.
This year there was a 4-way tie for the third spot, leading to the award of an unprecedented 6 scholarships being awarded for the 2019 Cycle.
Congratulations to the following winners… (more…)
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com with the details so we can share your news with our membership!
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.(more…)