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Atlanta Motion Picture Community Food Drive

The Atlanta Motion Picture Entertainment Community Mobile Food Drive logo

Saturday, September 16th

Register for Groceries

Signing up is easy – first, pick a time slot, then register to get your groceries.

This opportunity is open to anyone currently impacted by the work stoppage due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. If you and your family have been affected by the strikes, this drive is for you.

To fully register to receive groceries, please make sure to complete both steps below. First, pick your time slot for pick-up. Registering for a time slot helps with traffic flow on Saturday, so that you are not waiting a long time for your groceries. Second, complete the registration form with the information about your household. This is an important step because the charitable organization we are partnering with (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) is responsible for statistical reporting of numbers served, etc. We encourage you to complete the questionnaire in its entirety, but you do not have to answer any questions that are not marked as “required”.  

STEP 1: Register for a Time Slot (click here)


STEP 2: Register for Groceries (click here)


Volunteers Needed

If you would like to help out with packing or distributing items at the food drive, please click the button below to register as a volunteer! We need 50 volunteers on Friday and 50 volunteers on Saturday, and you can sign up to work all or part of either or both days.

You can volunteer on one day or both days under “SEE MORE TIMES”

Friday, September 15, 2023 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday, September 16, 2023 – 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Click Here to Volunteer With Us!

  C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Community Teaching Kitchen logo  

Help C.H.O.I.C.E.S. continue its fight against Childhood Obesity and Food Insecurity affecting families in the Metro Atlanta area by donating today.

“No amount is too small for a need this great!”

Make a Donation to C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Click Here)


2023 IA Charity Golf Tournament Raises $23K+

The 11th Annual IATSE Charity Golf Tournament returned to the greens this past Saturday, April 29th, at the Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City. 30 teams from around Atlanta’s production community enjoyed a beautiful day of golf, raising more than $23,000 for the charity Nicholas House.


Click here to view photos from the 2023 Tournament



2022 Atlanta IATSE Charity Golf Tournament Raises More Than $24,000

Following a 2-year pandemic hiatus, the annual IATSE Charity Golf Tournament returned to the greens this past Saturday, April 30th, at the Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City. 27 teams from around Atlanta’s production community faced off over the course of 5 hours under warm April skies, raising more than $24,000 for the charity Meals on Wheels Atlanta.


Click here to view photos from the 2022 Tournament


2022 Sponsors & Hosts

The 2022 tournament was hosted by IATSE Local 479 and co-hosted by IATSE Local 798, and organized by members of the Local 479 Golf Committee and supported by Local 479’s Women’s Committee. Local businesses and organizations stepped forward to sponsor holes (full list below).


The Cause

This year’s tournament marked 10 years of charitable support by members of IATSE for organizations making a difference around Georgia.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta logo

This year’s charity was Meals on Wheels Atlanta, a dedicated corps of volunteers delivering consistent meals to our senior neighbors. The meals they serve are nutritious and delicious, prepared by experienced chefs under the direction of a dietician. MOWA also provides a robust home repairs program, pet food supplies, and an emergency food pantry. They are on a mission to end senior hunger in Atlanta.


The 10th Annual IATSE Charity Golf Tournament raised $24,594 toward this noble cause.


Joshua Rumohr, Chief of Organizational Strategy for Meals on Wheels Atlanta, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization, thanking teams and sponsors at the opening acknowledgements before tee-off:

“Thank you so much. We can’t do what we do at Meals on Wheels Atlanta without the support from community organizations. What we do is an extremely important mission and we know that the need grows more and more every day. We are blessed to be the beneficiary of gifts like this.”
– Joshua Rumohr, Chief of Organizational Strategy for Meals on Wheels Atlanta


The Course

Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City is a 27-hole championship golf course featuring three diverse nines: Homestead, Old Mill, and Graveyard.

Overview map of the Flat Creek Country Club golf courses.

Scramble Rules

To accommodate 27 teams in a reasonable period of play time this tournament is run as a “scramble”, with each team taking a score at the end of each hole based on the single best shots from each position on that hole. Each of the 27 teams was assigned a starting hole from among the 27 available holes on the course, playing to complete an 18-hole round of golf.



First Place

Team Moose Lighting walked away with the best team score, each player in the foursome winning:

  • A bottle of Bushwood Front 9 Ultra-Premium Kentucky Bourbon
  • Bose speakers donated by Oz Magazine
  • $25 Visa Gift Card
  • $15 banjo coffee card


Putting Contest

Frankie Madero of Team Get Real #2 took this prize, winning:

  • Won a barbecue grill
  • certificate for a round of golf for 4 at a Canongate club


Longest Drive

Joe LaGanke of Team Moose won for the longest drive on hole 3 of the Homestead, while Conner Dickerson of Team Minion Madness won for the longest drive on hole 6 of Old Mill. Each player won:

  • A bottle of Bushwood Front 9 Ultra-Premium Kentucky Bourbon
  • Personal Bose Bluetooth speaker


Closest Pin

Brian “Budge” Johnson of Team New Mafia won for closest to the pin on hole 3 of Old Mill with 8 feet 2 inches, while John Metcalfe of the IATSE 600 team won for his accuracy on hole 5 of Graveyard with 7 feet 7 inches. Each player won:

  • A bottle of Bushwood Front 9 Ultra-Premium Kentucky Bourbon
  • Personal Bose Bluetooth speaker
  • 2 premium cigars


Hole in One

This year’s prize was $10,000 – there were no winners.



Drawings were held for a variety of prizes.


Officers in Attendance

This year we were honored to host representatives from the International, including:

  • International President, Matthew D. Loeb
  • 4th Int’l Vice President / Dept. Director, Motion Picture & TV Production, Michael F. Miller
  • 9th Int’l Vice President, Phil LoCicero (President IATSE Local 478)
  • Assistant Department Director, Motion Picture & Television Production, Dan Mahoney
  • 12th International Vice President, C. Faye Harper


IATSE Local 479 (Host of Tournament)

  • President, Ray Brown
  • Business Agent, Mike Akins
  • Director of Membership, Kevin Amick
  • Labor Delegate, Myra Foy (Women’s Committee Chair)
  • Sergeant at Arms, Kathy Tonkin-Vazquez (Golf Committee Chair, Women’s Committee Co-Chair)


IATSE Local 798 (Co-Host of Tournament)

  • President, Angela Johnson
  • Field Representative, Samantha Reese


IATSE Local 52

  • Field Representative, Mandie Demeskey




Please join us in thanking our sponsors:


Full Hole

Channel Ocho

Cinelease (as well as a half-hole sponsor)

Cofer Brothers


Herc Entertainment

IATSE (the International)

IATSE Local 600

Independent Studio Services (ISS)

Lightscape Lighting Control

Moose Lighting

Print Lab

Reel Supplies

Trilith Studios

Venture Roofing


Half Hole

Sweet Jones BBQ Sauce

Haddad’s Inc.




Several alternates were introduced on the day of the tournament, so if you see an error please reach out to the IATSE Local 479 Golf Committee.


  • Steven Basso
  • Art Schultz
  • Jerry Parker
  • John Bowman
  • David Ghegan (alternate)


Cofer Brothers

  • Larry Parks
  • Steve Swinger
  • Keith Torrence
  • Reggie Austin
  • Will Holcomb (alternate)


Company Time

  • Ryan Ketchum
  • Jordan Tyson
  • Robert McWates
  • Michael Patterson



  • Brian Mohney
  • Jeff Horricks
  • Hayden Hill
  • Devin Hill


Derbend Management Assets

  • Brian Chustz
  • Brian Cooper
  • Jeff Mayday
  • Tom Lacy


Fore Guys

  • Dean Grimes
  • Clark Grimes
  • Sam Situmorang
  • Scott Dale


Get Reel #1

  • Stephen Gindorf
  • Tracy Stockwell
  • Steve Faser
  • Brynner Goen


Get Reel #2

  • Bongo
  • Ryan Campo
  • Frankie Madero
  • Brandon Remteria


Grip House

  • Gary Holmes
  • Mike Tyson
  • Will Frazier
  • Kris Gordon


IATSE International

  • Matthew D. Loeb
  • Mandie Demeskey
  • Michael Miller
  • Dan Mahoney
  • Phil LoCicero


MBS #1

  • David Irwin
  • Jeff Murrell
  • Larry Sher
  • Mitch Ursetta


MBS #2

  • Justin Memovich
  • Matt Penner
  • Derek Page
  • David Galindo


Minion Madness

  • W. Jones
  • Craig Dickerson
  • Gregg Curtis
  • Conner Dickerson


Newnan Mafia

  • Chris Cotone
  • Ron Hynson
  • Brian “Budge” Johnson
  • Scott Gaston



  • Danny Holcomb
  • Eric Wolff
  • Janet Street
  • Bruce Street


Power Lab

  • Ryan Naylor
  • Tyler Childs
  • Chris Spears
  • Andrew Fernandez


Propular Persons

  • John Sanders
  • Todd Bridges
  • Kamilla Bridges
  • Jason Parisher


Team Local 600

  • Jonathan Irizarry
  • Brian Rosso
  • John Metcalfe
  • Ian Forsyth


Team Local 798

  • Tim Reese
  • Luke Waki
  • Samantha Reese
  • Angela Johnson


Team Moose

  • Mitch McDannald
  • Joe LaGanke
  • Nick Gaston
  • Jared Parsons


Team Venture

  • Jason Thompson
  • Danny Coulter
  • Chris English
  • Ohio Chris


The Fore Casters

  • Kevin Cheatham
  • Craig Cheatham
  • Brian Richedi
  • Ryan Lizardi


The Little Rascals

  • Kelly Tillery
  • Mickey O’Neill (Alex)
  • William Hayes
  • Rick Gardner


Trash Talkers

  • Steve Ficke
  • Tom Zell
  • Joel Mitchell
  • Jeff McMahon



  • JoAnn Perritano
  • Curtis Myer
  • John Samson
  • Jim Scaiffe


Turn Down for Putts

  • Jesse Olivares
  • Christian
  • Travis Bobbitt
  • David Brown



  • Jude Levasseur
  • Nic Vallecillo
  • Drew Orcutt
  • Dennis Sikes

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!


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 😉


Get Swag at Member Blood Drive – February 2019

2019 Blood Drive - February

On Sunday, February 17th, the American Red Cross will bring their mobile blood donation unit to our General Membership meeting. They’ll be parked outside from 11am until 4pm, collecting blood from qualified members, family, and friends. People who donate will get some cool Local 479 swag – a fleece cap or a scarf! (more…)

Local 479 Members Nominated for 2019 ADG Awards

Local 479 Members up for 2019 ADG awards for episode 206 of episodic television program called Atlanta

Congratulations to the Art Department team of Timothy D. O’Brien, Aimee Athnos, and Taylor Mosbey for their nomination for an Art Directors Guild award for their work on the popular FX Network series Atlanta.  The 2019 ADG nomination marks the second time this team has been recognized for their work on the critically-received episode titled (more…)

Cine Gear Expo Coming to Atlanta

Cine Gear Expo Atlanta is coming!


Cine Gear Expo Atlanta

Cine Gear Expo Atlanta 2018 is the premier event for professionals engaged in the technology, entertainment and media industry. A two day show will be held in Atlanta this October 6th and 7th and is open to professionals working in the entertainment industry.   The Cine Gear Expo is an international event – professionals from around the world will meet with industry experts to explore and demonstrate emerging technology. Pinewood Studios will play host to (more…)

YWC Networking Panel


On Sunday April 2nd from 1:00pm – 4:00pm the Young Workers Committee is hosting a networking event at the union hall. The focus of this event is getting started in this business, techniques for securing your first few jobs, and the best ways to plan and develop your career. This is a great opportunity for young and new members to network and learn from experienced members who faced the same early challenges in their own careers. The Young Workers Committee would also like to encourage additional leads and seasoned members to attend as well to join in and spur on productive and informative discussions. All members in good standing are welcome to attend, though this event is geared towards our younger and/or newer members.  (more…)