December 12, 2011
IN THIS ISSUE Conservatory and KMRC present Wardrobe and Makeup Workshop Help Our Troops CHICAGO ACTING COMMUNITY UNITES IN DRIVE FOR 800-PLUS FAMILIESAwards Gala Don't Miss Out on the SAG Awards速CHICAGO AREA ACTORS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED SOCIAL JUSTICE Call for Entries: Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition Unite Against Content Theft, Join Creative America Cash, Rashad and Fornatale to be Honored with 2012 AFTRA Foundation AMEE Awards
AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC present: Wardrobe and Makeup Workshop 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2012 Kaufherr Members Resource Center (KMRC) One E. Erie No. 660 Chicago, IL 60611 Space is limited. Please call the AFTRA/SAG office at (312) 573-8081 and sign up today.
AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC present a Wardrobe and Makeup Workshop Join the Conservatory in the KMRC for a discussion with wardrobe, makeup and hair professionals Gretchen Gain and Suzi Ostos. These professionals will discuss audition and set advice, along with tips and etiquette from their behind-the-scenes expertise. Having worked on Boss, Superman, The Playboy Club, Prison Break and more, they'll bring a wealth of experience to share (guests are subject to change due to last-minute work). This is a must-attend event for all actors who want to look as good as they act! Wardrobe and Makeup Workshop 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2012 Kaufherr Members Resource Center (KMRC) One E. Erie No. 660 Chicago, IL 60611 Space is limited. Please call the AFTRA/SAG office at (312) 573-8081 and sign up today. Park for $10 at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $10. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. Cash only. Work the perk! Wardrobe and Makeup Workshop, like all AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC programming, is a benefit of your union membership and is offered to all AFTRA, SAG and AEA members in good standing. Please bring your paid-up membership card.
Help Our Troops Phone Home: Donate to the USO Operation Phone Home Program SAG is proud of America's service members and, for the second year in a row, is supporting a program that lets America's men and women deployed overseas phone home. The opportunity to talk to a parent, sibling, child or partner can make a world of difference - and you can help. During the holidays, the number of troops who want to call home increases dramatically, and the USO Operation Phone Home Program helps connect service members with their loved ones. A tax-deductible gift of $25 can provide a phone card giving a service member an average of three calls home, or it can allow 70 service members to call home using the satellite service. "Screen Actors Guild is deeply grateful to the members of the military. These men and women have volunteered to leave the comfort of home and put themselves in harm's way for a higher ideal," SAG President Ken Howard said. "As we have for decades, Screen Actors Guild continues to stand with the USO to do our small part to improve the quality of life for service members and their families, and we ask that our members consider giving a gift to help this worthy cause." Thank you for considering a gift to the USO Operation Phone Home Program. Click here to donate today and help a service member call home tomorrow. CHICAGO ACTING COMMUNITY UNITES IN DRIVE FOR 800-PLUS FAMILIES Extra Hands of Hope, a group of Chicago actors and extras, is holding its First Annual Christmas/Holiday Toy, Book and Winter Clothing drive. The drive runs through December 17. Donations will benefit more than 800 families in the Englewood, Lawndale and Logan Square Communities. Spearheading the collection and distribution effort are Keith Vosler of Urban Youth Outreach, Lawndale Church community leader Wayne "Coach" Gordon and Inner City Impact Founder Bill Dillon. With help from the Extra Hands of Hope team, 20 drop box locations have been set up throughout the city and suburbs. Claire Simon, O'Connor Casting and Paskal-Rudnicke Casting have set up drop boxes at their downtown locations and are encouraging actors to bring in donations when they come to audition. More details about the drive and a complete list of locations is available at the Chicago Actors & Extras Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChicagoActors. Don't Miss Out on the SAG Awards速 The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards速 will be here soon, and SAG members will choose the honorees. Important Dates December 14, 2011 Nominations announced. Visit SAG Awards online for the complete list. December 16, 2011 Deadline for members to pay November 2011 dues and/or to file a change of address with SAG to be eligible for a final ballot. December 30, 2011 Final ballot information will be mailed to SAG members. January 29, 2012 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards速 - live on TNT at 7 p.m. (CT) Register at SagAwardsRSVP.org for Screen Actors Guild Awards updates and screening invitations. The SAG Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on January 29, 2012 and will air live on both coasts simultaneously at 7 p.m. Central. Follow SAG Awards on Facebook and on Twitter.
Chicago SAG Awards Screening Party Save the date: Sunday, January 29, 2012. A Chicago viewing party is in the works. Watch future issues of The Activator for details.
Call for Entries: Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition March 5 is the deadline for the 2012 Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition - a popular, juried festival, now in its sixth year, that spotlights Chicago-area filmmakers. Comedy pilots submitted to the festival must be between 20 and 30 minutes and in sitcom format. The event will be held in July 2012. Only Chicago-area residents or Chicago-area-based production companies may enter. Entry rules, entry forms and other information on the event are posted at: www.witsendshorts.com; or call (312) 642-2156 for more information. Unite Against Content Theft, Join Creative America AFTRA and SAG members, you can take action to stop content theft. Content theft threatens the work you love, but there are many ways you can fight back. Creative America is a coalition of AFTRA, SAG DGA and IATSE, along with studios and networks, working together to fight back against content theft. But it can't be done without your help. Here's what you can do: 路 Visit the Creative America website at creativeamerica.org and sign up to be a supporter. 路 "Like" the Creative America Facebook page at facebook.com/creativeamerica. Add your comments and share posts with your friends. Being part of Creative America's online community helps you stay informed and get the word out to others. 路 Follow Creative America on Twitter @creativeamerica. 路 Avoid rogue websites that profit off of distributing illegal content. Spread the word about content theft. Urge others to join Creative America. The content thieves can be stopped if we all join together. Take action now! Cash, Rashad and Fornatale to be Honored with 2012 AFTRA Foundation AMEE Awards In November, AFTRA announced the recipients of the AFTRA Foundation's 2012 AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Awards (The AMEES). Receiving honors will be broadcaster and rock historian Pete Fornatale, actress Phylicia Rashad and singer Rosanne Cash. The honorees will receive their awards at the AMEES dinner gala benefit to be held February 6, 2012 at The Plaza Hotel in New York. "The AFTRA Foundation is pleased to recognize these three inspirational and highly accomplished artists who truly represent the diversity and talents of AFTRA members," said Shelby Scott, AFTRA Foundation President and former AFTRA National President. "Pete, Phylicia and Rosanne have each made significant contributions to their fields and continue to do so with integrity, a commitment to excellence and admiration for their audiences and colleagues. We are thrilled to be able to honor them." The AMEES were created to honor AFTRA members for excellence in their craft and their contributions to the fields of media and entertainment. Proceeds from the 2012 AMEE Awards go to benefit the AFTRA Foundation, an independent non-profit organization separate from AFTRA that provides support to charitable and educational endeavors critical to AFTRA members, including the George Heller Memorial Scholarship and the International News Safety Institute, the only global organization solely dedicated to the safety of journalists and other news professionals.
Holiday Schedule for Office and KMRC Friday, December 23 AFTRA/SAG Office and KMRC close at 1 p.m. Monday, December 26
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