The Middle Man

Gardner, Chris
August 2004
Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;Aug2004 Special, Vol. 385 Issue 2, p4
For the past two years, Paul Bales has made it his business to bridge the gap between actors and low-budget filmmakers. As director of the Screen Actors Guild's SAGIndie outreach program, launched in 1997 as a guide for independent movie producers, Bales and his colleagues help to teach young filmmakers the rules of the almighty union— but they also help to change those rules to accommodate the needs of frugal producers and directors, while remaining respectful of actors' needs. Bales attributes that jump largely to the fact that pertinent information about topics including low-budget agreements is available readily through SAGIndie's workshops, panels and filmmaker receptions, not to mention the organization's extensive traveling to raise awareness. SAGIndie maintains a presence at about 40 film festivals a year, adds Bales, who is particularly proud of the organization's Web site, www.sagindie.org.


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