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LA Times, Jan. 20

The numbers are problematic, to say the least. Of the American Society of Cinematographers’ 390 members, only 18 are women.

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Deadline, Jan. 18

Now hear this: The Motion Picture Sound Editors guild is out with the nominees for its 66th annual Golden Reel Awards, which honor sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, TV, animation and computer entertainment productions.

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Deadline, Jan. 17

The doc features first-hand accounts by several of Hollywood’s leading voices, including Meryl Steep, Shonda Rhimes, Sandra Oh, Reese Witherspoon, Taraji P. Henson, Natalie Portman, Amandla Stenberg, Matt McGorry and FX Network CEO John Landgraf, who was responsible for transforming FX from the network with the worst record on diversity to the best in less than a year. This Changes Everything premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will receive an early summer release in theaters and on demand.

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Studio Daily, Jan. 11

Taking over camera duties for the legendary director as Eastwood returns to acting with a bittersweet story about an elderly drug runner was a thrill and an education for Canadian cinematographer.

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Deadline, Jan. 15

Netflix is raising subscription prices by 13% to 18%, the steepest increases since the company began streaming video more than a decade ago.

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Deadline, Jan. 14

Teamsters Local 399 is urging its members to honor the striking Los Angeles teachers’ picket lines, which could disrupt plans for filming on campuses at local schools, which have long been favorite locations for film and TV shoots. “Honor the picket line!” the union says on its website.

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New York Times, Jan. 10

Composers have been hired for two forthcoming blockbusters about warrior women — “Wonder Woman 1984,” directed and co-written by Patty Jenkins, and “Mulan,” directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by three women.

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The Guardian, Jan. 10

Cinematography is one of the most mysterious aspects of film-making. The American Society of Cinematographers turned 100 this month and, though last year’s Oscar for the category drew attention after the first nomination for a female cinematographer, and Twitter users regularly share examples of “One Perfect Shot”, the art of “painting with light” is little understood.

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IndieWire, Jan. 9

There has never been a movie that looks and feels quite like “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Whereas most films about love are designed to make you desire two characters, kept apart by narrative conflict, to come together; director Barry Jenkins invites his audience into the expansive feeling of love.

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Broadway News, Jan. 9

A day after Actors’ Equity announced a strike against developmental work produced by the Broadway League, theatrical unions have voiced support for their efforts.

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Deaadline, Jan. 7

Writers and producers at four Vice Media news outlets have voted overwhelmingly to ratify contracts negotiated on their behalf by the WGA East.

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Deadline, Jan. 4

Casting directors and associates in Los Angeles and New York have ratified a new three-year contract that was negotiated on their behalf by Teamsters locals 399 in LA and 817 in New York.

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CBS, Jan. 4

Hollywood’s record-breaking year at the box office wasn’t the only noteworthy thing about 2018.

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Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 3

Picture Motion, the company that provides non-theatrical screening experiences for sociocultural impact filmmaking, is expanding its reach with the acquisition of Film Sprout, a fellow screening company with a focus on doc films.

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LA Times, Jan. 3

Change can spread like wildfire when a voice rises up to energize its momentum. At the 2018 Golden Globes, Natalie Portman lent hers, calling out the 88 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for its best director nominations. Seven words could not have been more prophetic. “And here are the all-male nominees.”

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IATSE D2 Convention

The 2021 District 2 Convention will be conducted virtually on July 25, 2021 in conjunction with the Virtual International Convention. Delegates should be receiving the Convention Call and Credentials at the end of April. Please ask your Union leadership to forward these items to you as soon as they receive them via email. Additional details to follow when they become available.

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