Who We Are

What is SAGindie?

SAGindie promotes the working relationship between professional actors and passionate independent filmmakers. Since its formation in 1997, SAGindie has been traveling to film festivals, trade shows, and conventions spreading the word: Just because your film isn’t produced by a studio doesn’t mean you can’t use professional talent. As a free resource, SAGindie offers filmmakers clarity and kinship by guiding them through the SAG-AFTRA signatory process, making it even easier to hire professional actors, regardless of budget. SAGindie is made possible by a grant from the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund.

What is SAG-AFTRA?

Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists: An organization of professional performers dedicated to truth, justice, and the pursuit of “motivation.” SAG-AFTRA represents more than 165,000 actors, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists, and other media professionals. Your favorite action star/leading lady/talk show host? Yep, chances are they’re in SAG-AFTRA. Get more info at sagaftra.org.

SAGindie Staff

Darrien Michele Gipson

Darrien Michele Gipson

SAGindie National Director

An M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producer’s Program at USC, as well as a USC President Samples Fellows, a university honors program for… read more

Amanda LaFranco

Amanda LaFranco

SAGindie Office Coordinator

Spawned in the very unknown part of rural northern New Jersey, Amanda decided to “call and raise” her small town and shipped up to Boston to pursue a… read more

Eliza Hajek

Eliza Hajek

SAGindie Manager of Development and Sponsorship

Eliza was born with a vestigial tail! Her parents took her around the world in a traveling show featuring other… read more

Michael Sladek

Michael Sladek

SAGindie New York Consultant

Michael is an independent director, producer, screenwriter, and designer. He founded and currently runs Plug Ugly Films, a Brooklyn-based… read more

Colin McCormack

Colin McCormack

SAGindie Content Coordinator

Colin comes to SAGindie fresh from an animal welfare nonprofit (yes, that old story again) where he worked on filmmaker outreach… read more

Questions about SAGindie?

Check out our updated FAQ.

View the SAGindie Frequently Asked Questions

No, really. Check it out. We have gone to great expense to hire the top comedy writers in Hollywood to ensure that the FAQ is both entertaining and informative.

Besides, if you call with a question that is answered in the FAQ we will mock you without mercy.

If your question can’t be answered by the FAQ for whatever earth-shattering reason, give us a call at 323.549.6064 or drop us a line at sagindie@sagaftra.org.

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