479 NEWS

Member Helps Fellow Medics Deploy to Fight Covid-19

It’s a typical Pandemic Wednesday for Elizabeth Cuvar as she drives south of Atlanta on Interstate 75 to pick up supplies for her job.  In the days before anyone had heard of Covid-19 Elizabeth worked as a medic in Georgia’s thriving film and television industry. Her resume included a variety of Marvel films, several television series, and a recurring stint as an instructor at IATSE Local 479’s training facility, where she trained her fellow members to become certified at performing CPR.
Today she is stopping by her union hall to pick up CPR training mannequins to take them on a field trip up to Atlanta, because these days Elizabeth is on the front line, working to save Georgians who have Covid-19.

IATSE Local 479’s offices are near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

In between film projects Elizabeth has been working as a first responder with FEMA and Homeland Security. She was recently called up when the Federal government began activating its nationwide emergency response teams for Covid-19.

Opportunity for Local 479 Medics
Knowing that her fellow medics in Local 479 had been sitting idle (like everyone else in the film industry sidelined by the Covid pandemic) Elizabeth has been reaching out to notify them of this opportunity.


Member Highlight: Stephanie Morales’ Crew Feeding First Responders

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!”


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.


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:


2019 Robert Vazquez Scholarship Winners

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…)

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!

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!