UPDATE, 2:02 PM: The strike at Last Chance Holiday is over. IATSE and producers Indy Entertainment reached a deal late this morning. The protesting crew of the low-budget feature approved the union contact this afternoon. The strike started Tuesday with crew members wanting union representation to combat long hours and the lack of benefits on the indie pic. The crew will return to work immediately.
PREVIOUSLY, 11:07 AM: The last few days have been no vacation for Last Chance Holiday. Members from IATSE Locals 600, 495, 706 and others took to the picket line yesterday to back up the crew of the Indy Entertainment-produced feature in their labor dispute. And another picket against the film is scheduled for today in Griffith Park. Although shooting continued on Last Chance Holiday last night, union sources tell me that the small budget production has been unable to fully recrew because of the strike. Having complained of excessive hours and lack of benefits on the production, the members of the crew sought union representation earlier this week. The Art Directors Guild sent out an email Tuesday urging members to “please support this crew, which has been intimidated and abused by the production”. However, the action planned for later today might prove moot at this point. A production insiders say that the producers of Last Chance Holiday and the union are meeting soon to try to work out an agreement. The pic has been shooting in and around LA County.