‘Midnight Rider’: Cinematographers Guild Releases Safety App in Honor of Sarah Jones

The Intl. Cinematographers Guild, which represented the late Sarah Jones, has launched a free safety app for the iPhone and Android.

Jones, the camera assistant killed on the “Midnight Rider” set, has already been honored with a Set Safety app by from the Pledge to Sarah safety awareness group.

Jones’ death on Feb. 20 has sparked heightened awareness about safety issues within the below-the-line community.

The ICG Safety app, launched Monday, is available for download in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. It provides a complete list of safety bulletins, in-depth articles about safety and anonymous safety hotline numbers, including Local 600’s 24/7 tip line.

“The app includes the employers’ obligation to provide a safe workplace and the members’ right to refuse work that presents an imminent hazard,” said ICG exec director Bruce Doering.

He also said the app will be continuously updated and contains instructions for what crew members should do and who should be notified in an unsafe situation.

ICG president Steven Poster said, “We talk about safety constantly here and we hope this app will be universally used. It’s good for the entire industry.”

A March 9 trial date has been set in Georgia for four defendants facing criminal charges related to the death of Jones and other injuries on the set. Director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz face charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. Each has pleaded not guilty.

The ICG is the largest Hollywood-based local with 7,000 members. It operates as Local 600 of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

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