WHEN WILL SAG STRIFE END? NOT SOON ENOUGH

WHEN WILL SAG STRIFE END? NOT SOON ENOUGH

 

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that dissidents backed by Tom Hanks and Sally Field won six of the 11 Hollywood division seats on the national board of the Screen Actors Guild which, the Times reports, “empowers moderates” inside the union potentially altering the dynamics of stalled negotiations with the studios.

 

Private Practice star Amy Brenneman and veteran film and TV actor Ken Howard were elected from the Unite for Strength group, which mounted a challenge against the leadership of SAG President Alan Rosenberg. The dissidents now have enough votes to get a majority of seats on the national board that could help jump-start talks with studios after months of being stalled, the Times reports…

 

The union’s 120,000 members have been working without a contract since June 30, with the guild and studios at odds over how actors should be paid for shows that are distributed on the Internet and other new media. Sources said, it’s unlikely the studios will significantly modify their “final” offer after rejecting SAG’s chief demand to extend jurisdiction over all shows specifically created for the Web. Nothing will happen before the board meets Oct. 19…

 

Hawaii production has been stalled by the lack of action in getting the SAG contract resolved. Hawaii production has all but stopped for major TV or film productions wanting to film in Hawaii. Only ABC’s Lost has resumed filming in Hawaii while the unions fight it out. The studios seem all to willing to play a waiting game apparently believing that SAG leaders do not have the clout to obtain a strike authorization vote from members. Several studios have begun a number of major feature films that normally might have been stalled because of strike fears…

 

There are at least two major feature films hoping to film in Hawaii late this year and early next once financing and other issues can be overcome…

 

According to the Times, an informal SAG poll shows that 87 percent of the 10,000 people who responded agreed that union leaders should not accept the studios’ final offer. The studios countered that the poll was unrepresentative because less than 10 percent of the guild’s members responded, the Times said…

 

 

HIFF INFO: Special pre-sale tickets for the 28th annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) go on sale to HIFF members and sponsors starting  Sept. 19. HIFF’s 2008 program is being held at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas from October 9 – 19. Member tickets are available for purchase in person at HIFF’s box office at Dole, by phone at the Honolulu Box Office at 550-8457(TIKS), by fax at 536-2707, or online at www.hiff.org. General admission tickets go on sale to the public next Friday, Sept. 26 for $10 or $9 for students, seniors, children and military.

 

The year’s lineup of 150 films come from over 36 countries. Films being showcased include  the Korean-style Western and #1 box office hit from Korea THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD, directed by Kim Jee-Woon and starring mega-Korean star Jung Woo-Sung who will be attending the festival this year. The Festival’s centerpiece film is acclaimed docu-drama RAIN OF THE CHILDREN from New Zealand director Vincent Ward….

 

 

A sneak preview of the HIFF trailer, starring actors Kelly Hu and Jason Scott Lee, will be screened Sept. 29 at HIFF’s program launch event at Dole Cannery. Festival catalogs will be available at the launch along with a program overview by Anderson Le, director of programming and a festival screening for members and sponsors. 

 

Still no news whether Island FIlm Group’s much anticipated Princess Kaiulani will have its final edit done for an opening night premier. But since no opening night film has been announced there still seems to be a chance…For more information please visit out website at www.hiff.org.

 

 

 

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