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(Editor’s Note: This essay appears in the forthcoming issue of 'CineMontage.') The start of a new year prompts us to step back momentarily from our day-to-day concerns, reflect upon the long view, and make resolutions for our future. This column affords a similar opportunity to take stock of the bigger picture. Ordinarily we focus on what post-production employees have accomplished through their solidarity, but let’s cut from our usual close-ups of Local 700 organizing to a wide shot of the state of the American labor movement.

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Outgoing President David Fluhr, CAS, announced the results of the 2015 Board of Directors elections for the Cinema Audio Society. The new board represents a cross section of experienced production and post-production sound professionals. The CAS Officers are: newly elected Board President – Mark Ulano, CAS; newly elected Treasurer – Peter R. Damski, CAS and returning Secretary – David J. Bondelevitch, CAS. The Board of Directors held a special election in order to fill the Vice-President slot vacated by Mark Ulano, and Phil Palmer, CAS will be completing that term.

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On Saturday morning, February 21, the American Cinema Editors (ACE) hosted its15th Annual Invisible Art/Invisible Artists program in Hollywood to honor the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Editing. Just a block away from where the Oscars would be presented the next day, a capacity audience filled the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre to enjoy a lively discussion among the contenders. Photo by Wm. Stetz.

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For picture editor Spencer Averick, editing the 2014 film 'Selma 'was a triumphant career achievement of many firsts; the film was nominated for two Academy Awards — Best Picture and Best Song (“Glory”), winning the latter — and it was his first job as a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. His journey began when he met the film’s director Ava DuVernay at an early stage, when they both were starting out in filmmaking. It was 2007, and DuVernay was directing her documentary 'This is the Life.' Like most Hollywood tales, it was about being in the right place at the right time.

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Winter 2015
Actor's Fund
Motion Picture & Television Fund

Mayor Garcetti Debuts New Film Marketing Effort
"Our entertainment industry is essential to our city's identity and economy and this campaign represents the next step in a strategic agenda to ensure Los Angeles remains the entertainment capital of the world," Mayor Garcetti said in a statement. "We're launching this campaign to make sure decision-makers understand all of the incentives we can provide for filming in L.A."

'Sharknado 3' Strike: Production Crew Walks Out for Union Contract

‘Midnight Rider’ First A.D. to Get Separate Trial

Former Rhythm & Hues Owners Sued for Having 'Pillaged' Oscar-Winning VFX House

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U.S. Economy Added 295,000 Jobs in February; Unemployment Rate at 5.5%
The Labor Department reported on Friday that employers added 295,000 workers to their payrolls in February and that unemployment fell to 5.5 percent. The report was a big improvement from January’s, when employment rose to a newly revised 239,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.

Wisconsin Assembly Slogs through Debate on Right-to-Work Bill; Unions Cry Foul

Senate Votes to Block Union Election Rule

NPR: Injured Workers Suffer as 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

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"As a supervising ADR editor, I work closely with the director and the picture editor, pointing out production that is problematic and offering additional creative suggestions. I rely on input from the dialogue editor for instances where the production can be saved and input from the sound effects editor for background wallas that should be recorded. "

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