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Page 22 of 62 | Spring 2015 | SAG-AFTRA 21 GREATEST ROLE EVER S AG-AFTRA member R.J. Mitte, left, joins fellow member Montel Williams at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 25 on a panel discussion emphasizing the power of the screen to change perceptions of people with disabilities and to create an inclusive and accepting society. The panel, Hollywood's Greatest Role Ever: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities was presented by SAG-AFTRA and Shriners Hospitals for Children and also featured member J.R. Martinez. CHRIS WHITTLE/CORBIS Scene Around KEEPING IT REEL IN CINCINNATI F rom left, invited speakers and SAG-AFTRA members Kurt Yaeger, Danny Woodburn, John Lawson and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell at the opening night of the Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival on Feb. 27. The festival, which ran through March 27, is the largest one dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. HOWARD NAMED LIFETIME LAMB S AG-AFTRA President Ken Howard is presented with an honorary lifetime membership by Marc Baron, right, a SAG-AFTRA New York Board member and "shepherd" of The Lambs, America's oldest theatrical performing arts social club, at a March 9 ceremony in Manhattan. "I am tremendously honored to receive this lifetime membership in The Lambs — an organization that I and other actors revere," said Howard. "I am personally moved to be counted among such talents as Spencer Tracey, John Wayne and Cliff Robertson, among others. Members of The Lambs were among the founders of the organization I represent and many others fighting for performers' rights." NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE SPOTLIGHT S AG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee member Jason Grasl looks on as director Sydney Freeland answers a question about her film Drunktown's Finest at LA Skins Fest on Nov. 14 at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The film is a coming-of- age story about three young Native Americans struggling with the hardships of life on a reservation. ANNETTE WIDITZ CLICK HERE to watch President Ken Howard's acceptance speech.

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