Proceeds from Game Changers go toward the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which provides vital assistance and educational programming to performing artists, and serves the public with its free children’s literacy program Storyline Online® where actors read to over 100 million children every year.
On June 27-30, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation presented Game Changers, an outdoor screening series featuring groundbreaking films and television that impacted diversity and representation in media, reimagined traditional narratives and achieved major advances in storytelling. Taking place at the Ford Theatres, each screening included a moderated talk with cast members, creators or special guests to speak about the cultural significance and influence of each project.
Game Changers opened on Thursday, June 27 with the acclaimed Boyz N the Hood (1991). Cast members Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long and Tyra Ferrell participated in a pre-screening conversation about their experiences working on John Singleton’s award-winning debut film, and the creative and cultural impact it had on Hollywood and audiences all over the world.
On Friday, June 28, the original Toy Story (1995) screened, preceded by a conversation with actors John Ratzenberger (voice of Hamm), John Morris (voice of Andy), art director Ralph Eggleston and character designer Bob Pauley, who discussed the game-changing animated feature that created a worldwide blockbuster franchise.
On Saturday, June 29, a sneak premiere of Stranger Things 3 (2019) was shown ahead of its official streaming premiere Thursday, July 4 on Netflix. The screening featured the final episode of season 2 and the first episode of season 3, and kicked off with a conversation with star David Harbour.
The outdoor film series concluded on Sunday, June 30 with the iconic, female-driven classic Thelma & Louise (1991), featuring a conversation with a special guest to discuss the role the seminal film played in their lives and careers, and share their perspectives on its influence on female-centered content being created today.