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Movies Allowed to Continue Filming Amid Dual WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strikes

Movies Allowed to Continue Filming Amid Joint WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strike
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The dual WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes resulted in almost every production pressing pause — not including the movies that have received approval to keep filming.

Hollywood came to a standstill in May 2023 when the Writers Guild of America announced their decision to strike after a labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion. (The AMPTP represents major companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Discovery-Warner, NBC Universal, Paramount and Sony.)

Some movies, however, were able to keep cameras rolling because their scripts were finished before writers authorized the strike. Two months later, SAG-AFTRA announced its own strike, which meant actors joined writers on the picket lines.

Amid the historic dual strikes, SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) released a list of guidelines for members which broke down which projects were allowed to keep filming and which weren’t. Members of the SAG union are prohibited from filming or promoting most movie and TV projects — past, present and future. This rule prevents actors from attending premieres and screenings in a promotional capacity, and they can’t promote any of their work on social media.

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Actors are also prohibited from doing work that is on or off camera such as stunt work, motion capture work, stand-in work, camera tests and background work. Anyone hoping to become a member of the union in the future is expected to abide by the same guidelines or else they risk not being admitted to SAG-AFTRA.

SAG-AFTRA has since clarified that certain films — and TV shows — will be allowed to continue filming if they are approved for an Interim Agreement. An application will be accepted if the movie is not produced by a studio that is a member of the AMPTP and agrees to union guidelines. Projects that have lowest-budget contracts with SAG-AFTRA are allowed to continue working as well.

In August 2023, SAG-AFTRA confirmed they would not be allowing deals to titles covered by a Writers Guild of America contract that are also produced in the U.S.

Scroll on for every movie that has kept filming amid the ongoing strike:

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Adult Best Friends
American Deadbolt
American Nightmare
The Ar Racist
Beneath the Grass
Beyond the Walls
Bob Trevino Likes It
Bride Hard
The Cafone
Death of a Unicorn
A Desert
Don’t Move
Dos Lados
Dream Devil
Dust Bunny
Exhibiting Forgiveness
Flight Risk
From Ashes
The Greatest Ever

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Just Breathe
The Killer’s Game
King Ivory
Legend of the White Dragon
Mother Mary
Mother, May I?
Mourning Rock
My Valentine Wedding
Paradise and Lunch
Queen of the Ring
The Ritual
Rivals of Azmiah King
Roses on the Vine
Sell Out
The Short Game
Sod and Stubble
The Sound
The Summer Book
Sunfish (& Other Stories on Green Lake)
The Killer’s Game
Til Death … Do You
The Tower
Until He’s Destroyed
Untitled Jazzy Project
Untitled Rebuilding Project
The Watchers
Week End Escape Project
The Wilderness
The Yellow Tie
Young Claude