479 NEWS

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.


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.


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.


2019 Kickball Winners

The official 2019 Charity Kickball t-shirt.

Last month Local 479’s Young Workers Committee hosted the 5th Annual Charity Kickball Tournament in the city of Atlanta, raising more than $32,000 for The W-Underdogs.

“Including last month’s tournament the Young Workers have raised more than $120,000 for local charities over the past 5 years!”

Glenn Peison, lead organizer 2019 games

With more than 3 months of planning, 48 sponsors, 16 raffle baskets, 300 dedicated players, and one very, very special charity, we can all be extremely proud of everyone who gathered to help make our annual kickball tournament possible and to give back to our community!


The 2019 Charity Kickball Tournament

It’s time for some KICKBALL!!!   This weekend our Young Workers Committee will kick off the 5th Annual Charity Kickball Tournament at Noon on Sunday, September 22nd at the Atlanta Public Schools Coan Building (1550 Hosea Williams Drive NE).

Even if you’re not on one of the 20 teams you can have a great time watching the epic gameplay on the field! As in years past we’re once again offering some incredible prize packages that will be raffled off over the course of the day.

The Mekhail Brothers will provide a delicious BBQ lunch complete with veggie options, and many of our sponsors will be present so stop by and thank them for making a difference in our community! Best of all, representatives from this year’s charity, W-Underdogs will have some dogs up for adoption at the event!

Help us make this fun tradition come to life again this weekend!!!

Keep reading to find out about our charity and PRIZES!!!


Flip Borrero Nominated for 2019 Emmy

Please help us in congratulating Local 479 Production Sound Mixer Felipe ‘Flip’ Borrero, CAS, on a 2019 Emmy Nomination for his work on the Netflix series “Ozark”. Flip and the re-recording/foley team on this popular episodic have been nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (1 Hour) on the episode “Badger”.

Flip Borrero (center) with his Sound Utility Akira Fukasawa (left) and Boom Operator Jared Watt (right).

Big Win for Braves Night 2019!

Local 479 celebrated the last weekend of the Summer of ’19 by taking our members on a trip to SunTrust Park to watch the 1st place Atlanta Braves deliver a solid win over the Chicago White Sox: 11 to 5. It was perfect August weather for a night game and by the 3rd inning the sun had set.

Lots of members brought their families to the park and many substituted their favorite crew shirts for Braves gear, helping fill the Home Run Porch with Braves colors – though one member did refuse to shed their Atlanta United kit 😉


Local 479’s Political Action Plan

IATSE Local 479 Executive Board sees continuing job stability in 2019

Brothers and Sisters,

As a follow up to our recent correspondence dated May 16, 2019, we wish to take this opportunity to update you on our political course of action in reference to the threat of boycotting Georgia.  

The Heartbeat Bill, HB 481, will most likely be ruled unconstitutional, and it was passed with the sole intention of challenging the US Supreme Court ruling of Roe v Wade. It severely restricts women’s rights, and we simply cannot stand for this. No government should ever put themselves in a position to oppress women’s rights.

The Georgia ACLU will be leading the charge and will soon file a law suit to block this legislation. You can help right now! Engage in this fight by donating to the Georgia ACLU. It is simple and extremely effective. Your donations will directly support the legal battles ahead.


Local 479 Expects Continuing Job Stability

IATSE Local 479 Executive Board sees continuing job stability in 2019

We are all aware of the continued media coverage focusing on Georgia and the Georgia film industry.  Georgia is the 3rd largest production hub in the country, and recent events have sparked media discussions asking if Georgia will maintain that position.  We understand that this conversation is disturbing to our members, whose careers depend on job stability.