December: Events Calendar

December: Events Calendar

Below is a list of December events, screenings, classes, and more!



December 4

Dumplin’ Screening and Q&A – New York, NY

Screening to be followed by a Q&A with Danielle Macdonald

Dumplin’ (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

1:30 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)


What They Had Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with Robert Forster.

From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, What They Had centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.

2:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 1:30 PM)


Mary Queen of Scots Screening and Q&A – New York, NY

***PLEASE NOTE: This is a joint event with various groups. Please make sure you check in with the SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION to avoid being a no show. You will be on the SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION list.  Seating process is at the discretion of the organizers***

“Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. Upon her return, Elizabeth I (Robbie) is England’s Protestant Queen, but  Mary is a Catholic. Rivals in power and in love, and female monarchs in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:15 PM)


December 6

Conversations: Michael B. Jordan – Los Angeles, CA

Join us for a 90-minute Conversations Career Retrospective with Michael B. Jordan.

Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety.

5:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 4:30 PM)


December 7

Support The Girls Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with Regina Hall.

Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt.

Lisa Conroy (Independent Spirit Award Nominee REGINA HALL) is the last person you’d expect to find in a highway-side ‘sports bar with curves’,— but as general manager at Double Whammies, she’s come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely–but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction…Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?

SUPPORT THE GIRLS was shot in the Summer of 2017 in Austin and premiered at the 2018 South By SouthWest Film Festival. Sam Slater produced and David Bernon and Paul Bernon executive produced the film.

2:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 1:30 PM)




December 5

Casting Online Basics: Computer Lab – New York, NY

This class is designed for members who are getting back in the business and/or simply need guidance in submitting videos for casting. Members will learn how to compress their videos, make basic edits, upload to youtube, dropbox, and other web sites, and setup accounts on various casting web sites.

This class is intended for computer novices. No materials are required.

5:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 4:45 PM)


December 6

Small Group Sessions: Money Management – Los Angeles, CA

Do you have a plan for your money? Do you tell your money what to do or are your surprised at the end of the month by how it is spent? By creating a solid plan, audience members will have the steps to create a budget, get out of debt, build an emergency fund and begin to save for retirement. Participants will leave knowing that they can begin their path of financial freedom.

Please bring pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

Small Group Sessions are facilitated discussions with the goal of digging deeper into some of the information and advice shared within the panels. These sessions provide a time to break down concepts into practical action items by which an actor can individually apply to their professional pursuits. This session will last for 1.5 – 2 hours. Participants must stay for the whole time.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)


December 10

Building Your Website: Computer Lab – New York, NY

The purpose of this workshop is to instruct SAG-AFTRA members on building a professional website using the free online builder WEEBLY.  In this two hour session, members will learn how the site works and some of the basic functions provided. Some members mayhave a fully functioning web site completed within 2 hours. Most members will have about 50-80% of their site completed.

This class is not an introduction on how to use a computer, so basic computer skills are needed.  No exceptions. All members are expected to have a functioning website by the end of the workshop.

Members must bring the following on a USB flash drive:

At least 2 different DIGITAL headshots (Hi-Resolution)

1 resume (PDF or DOC)

1 video link to Youtube or Vimeo (reel, short, etc – anything that you can use as an example)

11:00 AM (Check-in begins at: 10:45 PM)


December 12

Intro To Video Editing: Computer Lab – New York, NY

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is offering an introductory video editing class at our NYC Actors Center. This two hour class is for SAG-AFTRA members interested in learning how to edit narrative projects (e.g. short film, web series) using iMovie. In this class you will learn the basics of how the program works and some of the basic functions used in iMovie by editing a short scene. All materials will be provided in the class.

Please Note: This class is not an introduction on how to use a computer, so basic computer skills are needed.  No exceptions.


– Working knowledge of Apple Macintosh Computers.
– Desire and ability to learn to edit digital video footage using Apple iMovie.

11:00 AM (Check-in begins at: 10:45 PM)


December 19

Small Group Sessions: End Of Year Wrap Up – Los Angeles, CA

The end of the year is not only a good time for reflection but also action as an actor determines what is, and is not, working for them before the start of the new year. This small group session will use concepts like the 80/20 rule to examine how a person can take action in their personal and professional life to remove unwanted clutter, examine how their time is used, and focusing on what they really want.

Please bring pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

Small group sessions are facilitated discussions with the goal of digging deeper into some of the information and advice shared within the panels. These sessions provide a time to break down concepts into practical action items by which an actor can individually apply to their professional pursuits. This session will last for an hour and a half. Participants must stay for the whole time.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)




December 5 – 18

Paris Human Rights International Film Festival – Paris, France

The Paris Human Rights International Film Festival was created on the understanding of two basic premises. Cinema and especially documentary cinema is the most efficient tool to raise awareness on Human Rights and defending Human Rights across the world and the roots of Human Rights in France.
The FIFDH has, for the last 10 years, been the most important cultural manifestation on the theme of Human Rights in France. Each year, we offer directors from all over the world, the opportunity to present their work and to meet the public. From over 500 films that are watched each year, we select about 20 works of which the majority will be shown as a preview.




Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan

Everyone knows Jackie Chan. Whether it’s from Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, The Karate Kid, or Kung Fu Panda, Jackie is admired by generations of moviegoers for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, and mind-bending stunts. In 2016—after fifty-six years in the industry, over 200 films, and many broken bones—he received an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement in film. But at 64 years-old, Jackie is just getting started.

Now, in Never Grow Up, the global superstar reflects on his early life, including his childhood years at the China Drama Academy (in which he was enrolled at the age of six), his big breaks (and setbacks) in Hong Kong and Hollywood, his numerous brushes with death (both on and off film sets), and his life as a husband and father (which has been, admittedly and regrettably, imperfect).

Jackie has never shied away from his mistakes. Since The Young Master in 1980, Jackie’s films have ended with a bloopers reel in which he stumbles over his lines, misses his mark, or crashes to the ground in a stunt gone south. In Never Grow Up, Jackie applies the same spirit of openness to his life, proving time and time again why he’s beloved the world over: he’s honest, funny, kind, brave beyond reckoning and—after all this time—still young at heart.

Publishing December 4


All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin

Drawing on more than 100 interviews with costars, family members, and former companions, All That Heaven Allows finally delivers a complete and nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating stars in cinema history.

Author Mark Griffin provides new details concerning Hudson’s troubled relationships with wife Phyllis Gates and boyfriend Marc Christian. And here, for the first time, is an in-depth exploration of Hudson’s classic films, including Written on the Wind, A Farewell to Arms, and the cult favorite Seconds. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, Griffin pays homage to the idol whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture

Publishing December 4


This Is Not Fame: A “From What I Re-Memoir” by Drew Pinsky

An unfiltered, unapologetic, hilarious, and sometimes obscene assemblage of tales from the down-and-dirty traveling comedy circuit, with a foreword by Drew Pinsky, MD

Publishing December 4


Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club by Nell Scovel

Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced.

Publishing December 4


About Face: The Life and Times of Dottie Ponedel: Make-up Artist to the Stars by Dottie Ponedel

Dottie Ponedel knows how to amuse with rouge. Her autobiography, the story of a pioneering woman makeup artist, whose career spanned the entire length of Hollywood’s Golden Era from silent movies to the great films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, puts a new foundation on the stars.

Publishing December 11


Every Day I’m Hustlin’ by Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox is a dynamo who has created a lasting career on her own, through sheer, roll-up-your-sleeves DIY hustle. Every Day I’m Hustling is a personal book with a message Fox passionately believes in: that you make your own luck, that you never ever wake up in the morning thinking somebody’s going to call you and offer you that part or ask you out on that date that’s going to change your life, that you have to wake up and put on your longest eyelashes and fiercest heels and go out and make your life happen yourself.

The actress provides start-today strategies for success in business and “been there” lessons in love, buttressed with stories from her early family life all the way through to today. Always honest and always funny, Fox also tells behind-the-scenes tales from some of her biggest movies – such as Uma Thurman’s life-changing advice during Kill Bill and Will Smith’s downtime pep talk on Independence Day. And she maps out exactly what it took to come back with a role on the smash hit Empire and her own frisky show on Lifetime, Vivica’s Black Magic. She also shares her “how is she 53?” secrets to looking your best no matter the age on your driver’s license.

Publishing December 18


November: Movie Screenings/Premieres

November: Movie Screenings/Premieres

Catch a new flick this month! Below is a list of Movie premieres in November:


Her Boyfriend’s Secret

Casting by: Paul Ruddy

Starring: Kelly Sullivan, Maiara Walsh, Mark Famiglietti

Synopsis: After believing she has found the guy of her dreams, home renovator Melissa Davis soon learns that her dream man has a dark secret.



Bohemian Rhapsody

Casting by: Susie Figgis

Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy

Synopsis: A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert.


Casting by: Stella Savino

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick

Synopsis: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Casting by: Lucy Bevan

Starring: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman

Synopsis: A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

Boy Erased

Casting by: Carmen Cuba, Tara Feldstein (Atlanta)

Starring: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton

Synopsis: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.


Casting by: Neely Eisenstein

Starring: Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal, Jay Duplass

Synopsis: A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They’ve secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon’s toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest’s other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father’s greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.

Nobody’s Fool

Casting by: Kim Coleman, Rhavynn Drummer (Atlanta)

Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Courtney Henggeler, Missi Pyle

Synopsis: A woman is released from prison and reunites with her sister. She soon discovers that her sister is in an online relationship with a man who may not be what he seems.

Time Trap

Casting by: J.C. Cantu

Starring: Andrew Wilson, Cassidy Gifford, Brianne Howey

Synopsis: A group of students venture into the deep caves of remote Texas to locate a favorite archaeology professor who inexplicably has gone missing while searching for the Fountain of Youth. In the course of their pursuit, the group unwittingly rappels into a break in the space-time continuum, where time passes much slower than on the surface. With no hope for rescue, they descend further into the cave and uncover the most coveted urban legend in history and find themselves in the crossfire for its control.


Casting by: Judy Cook

Starring: Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold

Synopsis: A progressive graduate student finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis subject becomes a competitive obsession.

Monster Party

Casting by: Lindsey Weissmueller

Starring: Julian McMahon, Robin Tunney, Sam Strike

Synopsis: Three teenage thieves infiltrate a mansion dinner party secretly hosted by a serial killer cult for the social elite.



Thugs of Hindostan

Casting by: Shanoo Sharma

Starring: Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Amitabh Bachchan

Synopsis: The film is set to treat audiences with the biggest jaw-dropping action sequences seen by audiences on screen to date. With its edge-of-the-seat thrills and an epic adventure and war on the seas, the film is set to light up this Diwali.




Casting by: Theo Park, Mathilde Snodgrass (France)

Starring: Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk

Synopsis: The story of two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D Day.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Casting by: Carmen Cuba

Starring: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield

Synopsis: Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

The Grinch

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Angela Lansbury

Synopsis: A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.


Starring: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon

Synopsis: Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-su. One day, Ben visits Jong-su’s with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby.

Time Freak

Casting by: Jeff Johnson, Mary Vernieu, Michelle Wade Byrd

Starring: Sophie Turner, Asa Butterfield, Skyler Gisondo

Synopsis: Physics prodigy Stillman (Butterfield) is destined for great things, only to be derailed when his girlfriend, Debbie (Turner) suddenly dumps him. But Stillman isn’t beaten, he does what any heartbroken genius would do – he invents a time machine to get a second chance at love.

El Angel

Starring: Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Daniel Fanego

Synopsis: Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old youth with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling–to be a thief–manifested itself. When he meets Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discoveries, love and crime. Killing is just a random offshoot of the violence, which continues to escalate until Carlitos is finally apprehended. Because of his angelic appearance, the press dubs Carlitos “The Angel of Death.” Showered with attention because of his beauty, he becomes an overnight celebrity. Altogether, he is believed to have committed over forty thefts and eleven homicides. Today, after more than forty-six years in jail, Carlos Robledo Puch is the longest- serving prisoner in the history of Argentina.

The New Romantic

Casting by: Kerry Rock, Melissa A. Smith (Canada)

Starring: Sarah Armstrong, Daina Barbeau, Jessica Barden

Synopsis: Frustrated with the lack of chivalrous guys her own age, a college senior gives up on dating for love to date an older man in exchange for gifts instead.



Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Casting by: Fiona Weir

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler

Synopsis: The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.


Casting by: Francine Maisler, Mickie Paskal, Jennifer Rudnicke

Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

Synopsis: Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Instant Family

Casting by: Sheila Jaffe

Starring: Isabela Moner, Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg

Synopsis: A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children.

A Private War

Casting by: Jina Jay

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci

Synopsis: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

At Eternity’s Gate

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac

Synopsis: A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.



Ralph Breaks the Internet

Casting by: Jamie Sparer Roberts

Starring:  Gal Gadot, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore

Synopsis: Six years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph”, Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

Robin Hood

Casting by: Deborah Aquila, Zsolt Csutak, Ronna Kress, Debbie McWilliams, Tricia Wood

Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, Eve Hewson

Synopsis: A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.

Creed II

Casting by: Lindsay Graham, Mary Vernieu

Starring: Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan

Synopsis: Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned light heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.

Green Book

Casting by: Rick Montgomery

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardellini, Mahershala Ali

Synopsis: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

The Front Runner

Casting by: John Papsidera

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons

Synopsis: American Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair.



The Christmas Chronicles

Casting by: Barbara J. McCarthy

Starring: Kurt Russell, Oliver Hudson, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Synopsis: The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.



The Favourite

Casting by: Dixie Chassay

Starring: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Delves

Synopsis: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.


Casting by: Toshie Tabata

Starring: Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sôsuke Ikematsu

Synopsis: A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street.



The Possession of Hannah Grace

Casting by: Nancy Nayor, Angela Peri (Location casting)

Starring: Stana Katic, Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon

Synopsis: When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Casting by: Cindy Tolan

Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King

Synopsis: A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

Happy Lazzaro

Casting by: Beverly Holloway

Starring: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Luca Chikovani

Synopsis: This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro. A friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi. His first time in the big city, Lazzaro is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world.


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November: Events Calendar

November: Events Calendar

Below is a list of November events, screenings, classes, and more!



November 2

Conversations On Broadway: BOBBY CANAVALE – New York, NY

SAG-AFTRA Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. Please join us for a Conversations Q&A with Bobby Cannavale, currently starring in The Lifespan of a Fact moderated by Broadway World’s Richard Ridge of “Backstage with Richard Ridge!”

2:30 PM (Check-in begins at: 1:45 PM)


Westworld Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton.

Moderated by Kim Renfro, Senior Entertainment Reporter for INSIDER. Live without limits in a world where every human appetite can be indulged. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and more — this dark odyssey follows the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.

2:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 1:15 PM)


November 3

Live Talks Los Angeles

L.A.’s star-studded lecture series has outdone itself this season with a lineup of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders, who, for as little as $20 per Live Talk, will graciously blow your mind. Venues around the city will host guest speakers to tickle a variety of Angeleno brains—from those interested in technology to those who fancy literature. Check the Live Talks website for individual event details, and snag your tickets before word spreads. 9:00AM – 6:00PM


Black Panther Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Casting Director Sarah Finn and Director Ryan Coogler.

BLACK PANTHER is director Ryan Coogler’s take on a modern African hero and a utopian vision of what an uncolonized Africa might look like. The film explores the conflict between two powerful men, one African and one African-American, who are mirror images of each other, each grappling with his own history, home and very identity.  When Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes king of the hidden, technologically advanced kingdom Wakanda, he is forced to defend his throne against rogue mercenary Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Wakanda is also alive with strong, intelligent women—from Wakanda’s elite all-female security force, led by Okoye (Danai Gurira) to the international spy Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) to T’Challa’s tech-savvy sister (Letitia Wright) and mother (Angela Bassett)—who are portrayed as equals to the men they protect and advise.

10:00 AM (Check-in begins at: 9:15 PM)


If Beale Street Could Talk Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with KiKi Layne, Colman Domingo, Dave Franco, Emily Rios and Director/Writer Barry Jenkins.

Based on the acclaimed novel by James Baldwin, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.  Adapted for the screen and directed by Barry Jenkins, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK stars KiKi Layne as “Tish” and Stephan James as “Fonny”, and a robust ensemble cast including Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, Finn Wittrock, Diego Luna, Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Emily Rios, Bryan Tyree Henry and Regina King.

2:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 1:15 PM)


Conversations: HUGH JACKMAN – Los Angeles, CA

Screening of THE FRONT RUNNER followed by a 90-minute Career Retrospective with Hugh Jackman.

Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety.

5:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 4:30 PM)


Jerry Seinfeld @ Hollywood Pantages Theater

Running time is 90 minutes. Doors open 1 hour prior. Go to HollywoodPantages.com for more information



November 4

Conversations: HENRY WINKLER – Los Angeles, CA

Join us for a 90-minute career retrospective with Henry Winkler, currently starring on HBO’s BARRY. Moderated by Michael Schneider, IndieWire.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:30 PM)


November 5

Here And Now Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening to be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Jessica Parker

Vivienne (Sarah Jessica Parker), is an established singer with a successful music career. On the eve of a major performance, Vivienne receives some life-altering news that causes her to reevaluate her priorities. As she crisscrosses the busy streets of New York City, she tries to balance her upcoming music tour, family, and friends. Through time spent with her overbearing mother, Jeanne (Jacqueline Bisset), her long-time manager, Ben (Common), and her ex-husband, Nick (Simon Baker), Vivienne strives to make peace with the decisions and sacrifices she’s made along the way.

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:15 PM)


Crazy Rich Asians Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with Cast Members Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Jimmy O. Yang, Harry Shum Jr., Producers Nina Jacobson, p.g.a, Brad Simpson, p.g.a. and John Penotti, p.g.a. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety.

The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.  Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.  Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.  Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.

7:30 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:45 PM)


November 6

Conversations: SAM ELLIOT – Los Angeles, CA

Join us for a 90-minute career retrospective with Sam Elliott, currently starring in A STAR IS BORN. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety.

6:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 5:30 PM)


November 7

BlacKkKlansman Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace and Laura Harrier. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety.

From filmmaker Spike Lee comes the true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. The film also stars Laura Harrier and Topher Grace as David Duke.

3:30 PM (Check-in begins at: 3:00 PM)


November 9

The Favourite Screening and Q&A – New York, NY

Screening to be followed by a Q&A with Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone & Rachel Weisz

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

2:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 1:15 PM)


On the Basis of Sex Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer. Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly.

The film tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.

2:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 1:30 PM)


November 10

Prolyfic Arts Open Mic

Join the Prolyfic Arts Family at our Open Mic Show EVERY 2nd Saturday at 8pm! We welcome ALL Expressive Art forms including Poets, Vocalists, Comedians, Musicians, CLEAN Rappers, ….visit us on Instagram @prolyfic_arts_openmic to get to know us. Art, Culture, Entertainment, Food, Drinks, LIVE Band….. Are you on the list?

8:00 PM – 12:00AM


November 12

The Alienist Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with Daniel Brühl.

An unflinching psychological thriller amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age,” TNT’s The Alienist follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl, Rush), a brilliant and obsessive “Alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys.  Based on the award-winning, fan-favorite novel by Caleb Carr, with standout performances from Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train) and Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral), The Alienist is a gripping, turn-of-the-century murder mystery like none other: the story of the emergence of the world’s most powerful city that will stop at nothing to bury its darkest secrets.

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:30 PM)


Cold War Screening and Q&A – Los Angeles, CA

Screening followed by a Q&A with Joanna Kulig and Director Pawel Pawlikowski.

From the Academy Award-winning director of IDA, Pawel Pawlikowski, COLD WAR is a love story between a man (Tomasz Kot) and a woman (Joanna Kulig) who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate.

7:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 6:15 PM)


November 17 – 18

Vulture Festival

See Q&As, sneak peeks and table reads during this celeb-filled pop culture fest from New York Magazine’s Vulture. This year’s highlights of the Hollywood Roosevelt event include a preview of the Dirty John TV adaptation with a Scrubs reunion, a discussion from Connie Britton and Eric Bana, a table read of Big Mouth with Nick Kroll playing all of the parts, a gaming championship with Thomas Middleditch, a tour of the Broad with art critic Jerry Saltz, plus Q&As with Constance Wu, Busy Philipps and more.





November 2

Voiceover Lab

In this workout you will add your voice to real network TV promos, in order to perfect your timing and performance, as you listen for “sound on tape” (S.O.T.) cues that flow with the accompanying visuals.  Whew! It takes a bit of concentration to get all of those moving parts working together, but you can do it with practice.  You will understand why in promo, timing is critical and why this workout is a good way for you to improve that skill.

No copy is needed to participate in this workshop.  Actors will not be able to keep the recorded audio.

10:00AM (Check-in begins at: 9:45 AM)


November 7


The audition is not only how one prepares the material. It is also about the mindset actors have about auditioning, how they conduct themselves in the room and how they let it go. This session will cover the many ways actors can prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the audition. Please bring pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

Small Group Sessions are facilitated discussions with the goal of digging deeper into some of the information and advice shared within the panels. These sessions provide a time to break down concepts into practical action items by which an actor can individually apply to their professional pursuits. This session will last for 1.5 – 2 hours. Participants must stay for the whole time.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)


November 16


An actor was recently overheard saying that he just followed a couple of hundred people and will check back in 24 hours and unfollow anyone that did not follow him back. Unfortunately, this is common. Twitter is a conversation tool and, with any good conversation, the best thing to do first is listen and then engage. This session will cover using Twitter as a tool for dialogue, listening and learning. If you have never used Twitter, we encourage you to look up some tutorials online before attending this session. Please bring pencil or pen along with something to take notes.

Small Group Sessions are facilitated discussions with the goal of digging deeper into some of the information and advice shared within the panels. These sessions provide a time to break down concepts into practical action items by which an actor can individually apply to their professional pursuits. This session will last for 1.5 – 2 hours. Participants must stay for the whole time.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)


November 29

The Branding Workshop – Los Angeles, CA

This twenty person workshop serves to aid the actor in understanding how people see them, the type of feeling people receive from them and how they might be cast. The workshop uses the categories of visual, essence, stereotypes and profession. This is a three hour event and participants must stay for the entire workshop. Please note how you dress for this workshop will factor into your results. Actors are recommended to attend this workshop two to three times per year, each time in a different look. This workshop was inspired by the creation of Kevin E. West – Founder, The Actors’ Network.

Please bring a pen or pencil. This workshop is for SAG-AFTRA members 18 years and older.

1:00 PM (Check-in begins at: 12:45 PM)




October 31 – November 7

American Film Market (AFM) – Los Angeles

The American Film Market is the world’s largest motion picture business event. Over 7,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, conferences, networking and parties. Participants come from more than 80 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world’s press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry.

With 7,000 attendees, 500 screenings, 400 exhibiting distributors, and the industry’s largest Conference series, AFM is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers and business people from all over the world.


November 1 – 11

St. Louis International Film Festival

The mission of Cinema St. Louis is to showcase the best in international, documentary, and American independent cinema. Believing that we discover something about ourselves when we learn about others’ cultures and perspectives, Cinema St. Louis offers programs that provide glimpses of the human experience from around the world and thoughtfully address issues of race, ethnicity, and sexual identity.


November 2 – 6

Charleston International Film Festival

The Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF) is a non-profit organization created in 2007 to bring people together from all walks of life through the art and science of filmmaking. This unique visual entertainment art has the power to touch lives and stimulate our emotions and mind like no other. Through our festival we are educating and promoting a healthy exchange of fresh ideas and a greater cross-cultural awareness and social understanding with the intention to personally inspire others within our community and around the world to new possibilities.


November 8 – 15

AFI Fest

AFI FEST presented by Audi is the American Film Institute’s annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. It takes place each fall in Hollywood, CA, and features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. AFI FEST remains the first and only festival of its stature that is free to the public, offering the best of current cinema in Hollywood.




Becoming by Michelle Obama

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Publishing November 13


About My Mother: True Stories of a Horse-Crazy Daughter and her Baseball-Obsessed Mother: A Memoir by Peggy Rowe and Mike Rowe

A love letter to mothers everywhere, About My Mother will make you laugh and cry—and see yourself in its reflection. Peggy Rowe’s story of growing up as the daughter of Thelma Knobel is filled with warmth and humor. But Thelma could be your mother—there’s a Thelma in everyone’s life.  She’s the person taking charge—the one who knows instinctively how things should be. Today Thelma would be described as an alpha personality, but while growing up, her daughter Peggy saw her as a dictator—albeit a benevolent, loving one. They clashed from the beginning—Peggy, the horse-crazy tomboy, and Thelma, the genteel-yet-still-controlling mother, committed to raising two refined, ladylike daughters. Good luck

Publishing October 16




THE MANUFACTORY 777 Alameda Street, Downtown LA

There’s a ton going on at this massive 40,000 square foot space at Row DTLA, starting with a full bakery and cafe setup from Chad Robertson and Liz Prueitt. The cafe portion will come in part from Phoenix’s Chris Bianco, who will be preparing his award-winning pizzas along with other dishes. Finally there’s a dinner destination called Alameda Supper Club that will fit upwards of 150 people with an Italian-style menu that should appeal to a wide swath of diners. Bianco, Robertson, and Prueitt will all oversee aspects of The Manufactory. The Manufactory won accolades when it opened in San Francisco a few years back, but this Downtown LA version looks like a pretty major evolution from that.

TIM HO WAN 2700 Alton Parkway, Irvine, Orange County

The only thing that needs to be said here is “Michelin-starred dim sum.” That’s right, this highly-regarded Hong Kong offshoot is landing at the Diamond Jamboree plaza in the heart of Irvine, and the expectation is that hours-long weekend waits will be the norm. Signage is already up, and an official opening date is just around the corner.

ANTICO 4653 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles

Chad Colby has been working hard since leaving Chi Spacca. The chef spent time working with Curtis Stone and April Bloomfield, and is now ready to roll out on his own with a rustic Italian offering right along Beverly Boulevard. There will still be plenty of grilled meats on the menu, but Colby is focusing Antico on the Italian classics, set against a mix-and-match menu backdrop that lets groups of diners scale their meals up or down as needed. That means pasta tastings, shared meats, and plenty of wine.

The American Film Market: An Actor’s Primer

The American Film Market: An Actor’s Primer

So you’ve probably heard that the AFM is at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. this week—as it is at this time every year. You’ve heard, sure, but you’re probably wondering, “What the heck does this have to do with me? Why should I care?” Glad you asked.

First things first: What is AFM? The American Film Market is a forum for filmmakers and sales agents from around the world to get exposure for themselves and their projects. Enter any random hotel suite, and you’ll find either a producer, a foreign sales rep, or even a director or a writer, each of whom is trying to get some attention. Maybe they’re trying to drum up some foreign sales to help finance their films, maybe the film is already made and the producers are trying to get potential buyers for various territories. Perhaps the foreign sales agent is looking for projects to fill their own slate of territories.

Imagine one of the world’s biggest and highest priced swap meets, this one trading only in movie and television properties, and that’s the gist of AFM. It’s a wild week when lots can happen, and every now and again, a gem can be discovered amidst the rough. That’s where you come in.

AFM is rife with possibilities for actors. Not many know this, but with so many filmmakers and producers in attendance, AFM is a fantastic place to do some serious networking, and get your reel into the hands of people who might be able—and, more importantly, be willing—to use it. This goes for actors with their own projects, of course, but it also goes for those looking for them.

Try to attend the festival’s Carousel Cocktails, four networking receptions at the Santa Monica Pier Merry-Go-Round where you can get to know producers and decision makers. The key is to get your face in front of the right folks, and this week, many of those folks are all in the same place.

How to take advantage of this? Just like anything else, it pays to be prepared. Practice your elevator pitch. Do your research. Find out who’s going to be in attendance, what kind of projects those companies and producers tend to look for and try to book meetings beforehand, so you’re not just walking in fresh off the street.

Genre fare tends to translate well across all territories, so it’s always a good place to start, and many of the companies in attendance are actively looking for projects to greenlight and finance as well as to distribute. That’s where the research comes in. Got something for a Russian market? All Media Company is your best bet. Looking to push your documentary or perhaps some family fare? Visit the KOAN booth.

Former Warner Independent chief Mark Gill’s new operation Solstice Studios is actively seeking new and exciting material outside the studio system, and Tom Ortenberg, formerly at Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company, is building a business at Briarcliff Entertainment. David Glasser, formerly at The Weinstein Company, is also launching a new distribution company. Each of these companies is very upfront about what it does, and the kind of content it’s seeking. Get to know them all.

There are ample opportunities for fact-finding while you’re there, with conferences, pitch panels (a great list of what’s in store can be found here), writers’ workshops, and roundtable discussions, all of which are scheduled and open to attendees. For example, slip into the Casting for a Greenlight panel to hear from casting directors and producers and don’t forget to mingle afterwards! It’s not free to get into AFM, sadly, nor is it cheap, but you can get a badge for the week or the day you attend (prices and more information here), and then make the rounds, handing out your business card (bring plenty to spare!) and, if possible, that reel you should be carrying around on thumb drives to be passed out like candy.

If you can’t be there all day every day, you can hear about what’s happening at the market by signing up for updates or by visiting sites like Film Festival, which caters to people just like you. New projects are being greenlit leading up to and during AFM constantly. Stay on top of these projects and find out their casting needs. Casting Networks News itself is a great resource for project updates.

Ultimately, you are your own best advocate, and no one is going to sell you better than you sell yourself. So be prepared. Everything you need can be found online. The rest is up to you.