Why Actors Attend Venice Film Festival Amid SAG-AFTRA Strike

SAG-AFTRA actors join WGA writers at strike line in New York
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Despite the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, some familiar faces are expected at the 2023 Venice Film Festival.

Adam Driver And Jessica Chastain are among the A-list celebrity figures who will perform at the annual event, which begins Wednesday, August 30 and runs through Saturday, September 9, as recognized by the Screen Actors Guild and the Association of America the TV and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

The Guild released a statement on Sunday, August 27, expanding the parameters of the agreement, which allows actors to sponsor independent projects not produced by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) – and clarified that those promoting their indie projects at work are not expected to exceed the picket line. (Members are still prohibited from promoting their current or future projects related to affected entities – the studios – through press appearances, red carpets and conventions.)

“Some of our colleagues have received negative comments for participating in projects with an interim agreement, especially when it comes to promoting their work, including at festivals. Whether inside or outside of our organization, comments of this nature are not only unhelpful to the artists, but by dividing us, they do the AMPTP’s job for them.” The statement is. “To be absolutely clear, once an agreement is in place, we fully encourage all of our SAG-AFTRA members to work under that agreement AND to promote the work done under that agreement. The more projects are implemented with the interim agreement, the weaker the AMPTP becomes. So let’s encourage our fellow artists working out there.”

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Hollywood’s biggest names are showing their support for the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike by joining their union colleagues on the picket line. In July, the union – which represents more than 160,000 television and film actors – voted to go on strike after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) […]

The union added that seeing actors attending festivals to avoid working in big studios is a “source of pride,” allowing company executives to “look out and see these independent projects thriving.” , while their greed and irreverence slows down their own productions.”

Accordingly diversityThe 39-year-old driver will perform in Venice Michael Manns Ferrari, in which he plays the title character, while 46-year-old Chastain will be present Michael Francos Memory. Landry Jones, Jacob Elordi, Cailee Spaeny And Mads Mikkelsen are also scheduled to participate.

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SAG-AFTRA has been on strike since July, while the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) has been picketing since May. Both unions began their strikes over similar issues with the AMPTP, including an agreement on fair wages, final payments and the use of artificial intelligence in the industry.

“This is a very groundbreaking hour for us. I walked in thinking we could avert a strike. The difficulty of this step has not escaped me.” Fran Drescher, said the chairman of the guild in a press conference one day before the strike came into force. “It is a very serious matter affecting thousands if not millions of people in this country and around the world. Not just members of this union, but people who work in other industries who serve the people who work in that industry. … We had no choice. We are the victims here. We are becoming victims of a very greedy creature.”

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Meanwhile, AMPTP — which represents major studios including Paramount, Netflix, Amazon, Universal and Warner Bros. – replied in a statement that its members were disappointed with the failure of the negotiations and called the strike “the Union’s decision, not ours”.

Lindsay Lowe

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