WHY: The #metoo and #TIMESUP movements as well as recent local and national headlines have shined a glaring spotlight on the absence of clear guidelines and lack of enforcement of existing policies regarding sexual harassment on movie sets.
There are numerous occupational safety regulations to ensure that film workers are safe from physical injury on set and on location, but not covered in OSHA guidelines are sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation; also important workplace safety issues.
The film industry is striving to create meaningful reforms, but there are still critical areas where efforts fall short. With as many as two-thirds of New Mexico’s productions using remote locations, actors and crew may be discouraged from reporting abuse, or may have no cell phone coverage to get outside help.
Another major gap in current NM production processes is the shortage of properly trained Intimacy Coordinators (IC). These coordinators provide a level of skills, experience and trust that guarantee intimate scenes are truly safe and consensual for all participants. They ensure clear protocols for the protection of the talent, director, crew and production company, since safe sets mitigate liability and ultimately benefit the corporate bottom line.
WHO: Lara Dale is a film professional and a survivor of severe sexual harassment on a film set that destroyed her acting career. Lara has worked for years to highlight major issues and establish effective reforms for the film industry. She created The Safe Sets Initiative based on the fundamental premise that workplace safety must include protection from sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation.
GOAL: After a rigorous vetting process, Lara has recently been accepted into the 2020 Intimacy Coordinator workshop in London, UK,with one of the most respected pioneers of theatre and film Intimacy Training, Ita O'Brien. O'Brien's IC workshop intensives provide the most comprehensive and effective training available anywhere in the world. The funds raised will provide for some of the travel and training for New Mexico's first certified film set "Intimacy Coordinator" (IC) ensuring that intimate film scenes are safe and consensual.
You'll be able to follow Lara's London blog at www.safe-sets.info/blog/
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WHEN: The 2020 Intimacy Coordinator workshop begins March 21, 2020.
WHAT'S NEXT? When Lara returns from her Intimacy Coordinator training in London she will implement the guidelines in direct collaboration with:
- the New Mexico Economic Development Cabinet Secretary
- the New Mexico Film Office
- the Albuquerque Film Office
- the IATSE 480 Union
- the SAG-AFTRA Union
With cooperation from the groups listed above, we believe we will be able to implement our guidelines rapidly and become a model for other states with similar remote location issues. If we exceed our monetary goal, all additional funds will go towards the next steps in implementing the Safe Sets Initiative in New Mexico.
The vision is to transform these policies from recommended best practices in the local film industry to standard foundational procedure in the workplace at large. In addition, local colleges have expressed interest in applying elements of this training to create curriculum across other platforms within the educational system. Let’s make New Mexico the safest state for film in the entire country!
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