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Financial Workshop courtesy Local 764, May 22, 2016.
FINANCIAL WORKSHOP: Sunday May 22 1-5 pm

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Parents of film worker killed on set spread safety message, February 19, 2016.
by Anthony McCartney, AP Entertainment Writer
Friday, February 19, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard and Elizabeth Jones stood on a crowded film set, looking out on a sea of actors and workers ready to shoot a scene. Every one of them reminded them of their daughter Sarah, who died two years ago on a Georgia railroad track shooting a film scene.

The past two years have turned the South Carolina couple into advocates for the safety of set workers. In a city in which crews move at a frenetic pace to stay on schedule and get the perfect shot, the Joneses have gotten some of them to slow down and reflect.

That was the case Thursday when the Joneses visited a film shoot near downtown Los Angeles and led the crew in a moment of silence to remember their daughter, a camera assistant who was killed on Feb. 20, 2014, during an unauthorized shoot on the train tracks.

For two weeks, the pair has been crisscrossing Hollywood, meeting with everyone from executives to set workers to urge a safety-first mentality during film and television production. They were accompanied Thursday by a reporter for The Associated Press and a filmmaker planning a documentary on their daughter and her impact on film safety.

Before addressing the crew, the pair met with Mark Pellington, a veteran television and film director. "All of us are in deep, deep respect for Sarah," Pellington told them before taking them to the set.

Richard Jones, wearing a pin that says "We are Sarah Jones," asked to say a few words.

His speech was brief, and his message simple. He reminds them of who his daughter was, and how she died.

"No movie or TV short is worth a life," he said. "Please look out for each other."

Everyone in the room bowed their heads and a space that just moments before was bustling with activity fell silent. Richard Jones held his wife's hand until the moment was over and the room burst into applause.

There was no rushing the couple off the set. Pellington hugged and kissed the Joneses before calling for the slate — a clapboard used to identify scenes — to be dedicated to Sarah Jones. (Since her death, more than 31,000 film slates have been dedicated to her, Richard Jones said.) Then people approached the couple, some offering condolences, others thanks, and a few recounting their own near-misses on shoots.

Away from the cameras, one woman's conversation with the Joneses brought the three of them to tears.

"It truly amazes us — they relate to what happened to Sarah in different ways," Richard Jones said. "It's as if Sarah has established a personal relationship with thousands of people she's never met."

For Elizabeth Jones, the crew inevitably reminds her of her daughter. "I look at every person, every one of them could be Sarah Jones," she said.

The couple said they hope their efforts and the work of their nonprofit, The Sarah Jones Film Foundation, will help create a safety-first mentality on sets. Part of their effort includes getting films that employ good safety practices to include a logo, "Safety for Sarah, at the end of the credits. The logo was included on "Furious 7," a film Sarah Jones worked on, as well as some TV series.

They are also working with filmmaker Eric S. Smith on a documentary about their daughter that can be used in film schools to instruct students on safe practices.

"We tell stories that involve a lot of different elements of danger," Smith said, noting that it is impossible to prevent all set accidents. "What we want to address is carelessness and negligence.

Sarah Jones was killed on the first day of filming for "Midnight Rider" when a train plowed into Miller's crew on a railroad bridge over the Altamaha River, about 60 miles southwest of Savannah. Evidence showed the film crew climbed onto the bridge after being denied permission by the railroad.

The film's director, Randall Miller, is serving a two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing.

The Joneses said they never expected to be vocal safety advocates, but they feel their voices are needed.

"Since Sarah's gone, this is what we need to do," Richard Jones said. "It's more about the people in the industry who are living. We want to keep them living."

Anthony McCartney can be reached at


Exquisite Porch at Morean Arts Center, February 2, 2016.
Dear Members,
I'm co-curating an exhibition with Amanda Cooper for the Morean Arts Center

The exhibition is titled Exquisite Porch, and it's billed as "A swampy, creepy-crawly spin on the Surrealist parlor game Exquisite Corpse, this exhibition focuses on the ground-dwelling wildlife of Florida. Artist, writer and independent curator D. Dominick Lombardi selected artists from the New York City area, while the Morean selected artists from Central Florida to play by creating drawings which reference things that go bump in the night. The resulting work raises awareness of the history of the game, its relevance to contemporary art, and celebrates the fauna of the Sunshine State."

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 12th, 5-9 pm. Free and open to the public.
Exhibition runs March 12 – May 1, 2016

Synovus & Everett Galleries
Morean Arts Center
719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Here's a list of 829 members participating:
Bryon Finn [SA]
Kevin Connolly Gillespie [SA]
Gennadiy Feldman [SA]
D. Dominick Lombardi [SA]
Michelle Mackey [SA]
Danh H. Nguyen [SA]
Katy Purtee [SA]
Steven Purtee [SA]
James Duncan Smith [SA]
Ed Tadiello [SA, SD]
Kjeld Tidemand [SA]
Roman Turovsky [SA, CFT]
I hope you can attend.

- D. Dominick Lombardi
Artist - Writer - Curator

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