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FilmHouse Talk: What You Need to Know About AB-5

  • Thursday, February 06, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • SFFILM FilmHouse 644 Broadway #403 San Francisco, CA 94133


Join California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) and SFFILM Makers for a panel on how AB-5 will impact freelancers and nonprofits.

California's new freelancers' bill, AB-5, is in effect as of January 1, 2020! Do you know how this will affect you?

AB-5 will re-classify many independent contractors as employees, which entitles them to benefits, overtime, salaries, and different tax structures. But AB-5 also includes many exemptions for creative professionals, and it might not be entirely clear if your work falls into this category or not.


About Kyle Kate Dudley, Assistant Director, California Lawyers for the Arts
Kyle Kate Dudley is an attorney and artist based in Oakland California. In her legal career, she has previously worked in civil legal aid and youth law, with a focus on advocating for a shift in how educators perceive students and how we encourage students to view themselves. Prior to her transition to the law, Kyle Kate worked in education, non-profit management and ran a conservatory theatre for young people aged 8 to 18. She is a graduate of New York University – Tisch and UC Davis School of Law – King Hall. She also holds certificates in Teaching English for Foreign Language Learners, Business Leadership and Regional Conversation, and Women’s Leadership for Political & Public Impact.

Jen Cornell, Partner, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
Jen Cornell is a partner in CDF’s San Francisco office and aggressively defends California and national employers in a range of employment-related litigation and general business matters in both state and federal courts. She has a special emphasis in defending companies in complex class action matters. Specifically, she has extensive experience successfully managing and defending “bet the company” litigation such as wage and hour class actions and pay equity lawsuits. She has particular industry experience in both the technology and retail sectors.


SFFILM champions the world’s finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. SFFILM Makers provides significant financial and creative resources to independent filmmakers worldwide through grants and advisory services. Since 2009, over $7 million has been disbursed to more than 200 film projects in various stages of production. SFFILM’s FilmHouse artist residency program offers filmmakers ongoing mentorship, community, work space, and professional development opportunities. FilmHouse is the vibrant, inclusive hub for Bay Area filmmakers with additional year-round programming for the community.

SFFILM membership isn’t just for people who love watching films—there are great benefits for the artists who make them, too! The Filmmaker Add-On, which can be combined with any SFFILM membership level, gets you all the perks of regular membership and includes access to special opportunities for independent filmmakers.


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