ICG President Steven B. Poster, ASC and Rosco Announce Safety for Sarah Foundation Program

Company and Guild seek to foster safer working conditions in film production to honor Sarah Jones.

David E. Williams

Rosco Laboratories and International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600 recently announced a new program in support of the Safety for Sarah Foundation, created in remembrance of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who tragically died on a film set in February of 2014. The Safety for Sarah Foundation fosters safety within film production through awareness and accountability.

Beginning in June, Rosco now donates a portion of the proceeds of its popular e-colour+ filter line in North America to the Safety for Sarah Foundation. Their first donation of $5,000 took place at this year’s Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles.

Rosco team members first became involved in the Safety for Sarah Foundation through Local 600. Jones was a Local 600 Camera Assistant and her tragic death and the Local’s commitment to safe working environments through training, awareness, incident reporting and outreach within the film and television industry is a living tribute to her.

Local 600 Camera Assistant Sarah Jones.

The ICG’s Local 600 Safety App is an innovative on-set safety resource; featuring the industry’s safety bulletins, safety FAQs, studio safety office contact information, safety hazard reporting — including unsafe hours — and a 24-hour confidential Safety Hotline.  

“By supporting the Safety for Sarah Foundation, Rosco seeks to help in two capacities,” said Mark Engel, Rosco CEO. “Through financial support, and through awareness outreach, our goal is to contribute to safer working conditions for our colleagues within the entertainment industry. Rosco’s company mission is to help creative people achieve their visions, and this cannot be done if working conditions are unsafe.  We will strive to complement the good work of the International Cinematographers Guild, and honor the legacy of Sarah Jones.”

“We are thrilled with Rosco’s support of the Safety for Sarah Foundation and their commitment to on-set safety awareness,” said ICG President Steven B. Poster, ASC. “Safety isn’t limited to rules or procedures; it is a state of mind. Our commitment to safety begins again every day at call-time. We can never forget.”

Rosco’s program of support and awareness includes:

• A portion of proceeds of e-colour+ color filters sold in North America will be donated to the Safety for Sarah Foundation

• Safety for Sarah awareness stickers will be included with every e-colour+ roll

• Communications to the Rosco dealer network in the US and Canada

• Communications to ICG Local 600 members, and Rosco customers

• Outreach through Rosco’s web site, social media channels and its Spectrum Blog

Rosco has a long history of providing products that make production venues safer, including its Roscoflamex brand of flame retardants and its range of fog fluids that won an Academy Award  for providing a safe-to-breathe alternative for creating fog and smoke effects. The company looks to continue its on-set safety heritage through this program. 

From left are Phil Greenstreet (Head of Backdrop Technology at Rosco); Steven B. Poster, ASC; Richard Jones of the Sarah Jones Foundation and Tracey Cosgrove (Director of Products at Rosco).

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