ANNOUNCES her CANDIDACY for 2019 SAG-AFTRA SECRETARY-TREASURER
A veteran of stage, film and television, Jodi made her Broadway debut at age 7 in Nowhere To Go But Up directed by Sidney Lumet, the first of five Broadway shows she would go on to appear in as an adult: Loose Ends with Kevin Kline, The Bacchae with Irene Papas, Stephen Sondheim’s Getting Away with Murder and the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, in a perfomance for which she won an Ovation Award at The Mark Taper in Los Angeles.
Numerous off-Broadway productions include Wendy Wasserstein’s Old Money (Lincoln Center) Red and The Wash (Manhattan Theater Club), David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child and Family Devotions (Public Theater) and The Tooth of Crime(LaMama). Jodi also performed in the World Tour of Phillip Glass/David Henry Hwang’s 90 minute solo piece 1000 Airplanes on The Roof.
Film work includes The Tale with Laura Dern (HBO), Beginners with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, Mike Newell's Sour Sweet, Striking Distance, Rollover and The Hot Chick.
Television series regular work includes “Okcha” on Sullivan and Son, “Kumiko” on AMC’s Falling Water, Margaret Cho's mother in All American Girl, Cafe Americain with Valerie Bertinelli, and Miss Match. And yes, Jodi is Patty “the power lesbian”, in that episode of Sex in The City .
In 2006 Jodi's one woman play, Surfing DNA, was produced at East West Players in Los Angeles and garnered her an Ovation Nomination for Best Solo Performance. She went on to write and co-produce a documentary about her vaudevillian parents, Long Story Short directed by Christine Choy, that played film festivals all over, winning numerous awards at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival’s for Best Documentary and the Audience Award. Long Story Short was voted one of the top ten documentaries by UCLA's Asia Institute.
A member of The Academy, Jodi serves on the Actor’s Branch Executive Committee.
She is President of the Board of Visual Communications that produces The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival every year. Approaching it’s 50th year, Visual Communications is the first non-profit organization in the nation dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian Pacific American peoples, communities through media arts. Three years ago, Visual Communications became Academy accredited for short films.
At SAG AFTRA , Jodi currently serves on the Executive Committee, the Negotiating Committee, the TV/TH Performers Committee, the Online Privacy Committee, the National EEOC and is Chair the LA EEOC.
Jodi’s family is an American story. Her parents were vaudevillian entertainers and members of AGVA. Her Japanese American mother was in an American internment camp and six years later was on the Ed Sullivan Show dancing with her tap dancer father in their variety act.
“Jodi is a fierce advocate for financial equity, inclusion and actor’s rights. If anyone is going to balance a budget and fix our pension it will be her. I mean c’mon, she’s Asian!”-
“I endorse Jodi Long as SAG AFTRA Secretary Treasurer. Jodi is consummate in everything she does, whether it be as an actor or a community organizer. I saw in our community work together that she speaks for us all and all are proud to have her company. Her past and current SAG-AFTRA Board service means she can hit the ground running. Importantly: I’d trust her with our Union's finances.”
“As long as I’ve known Jodi, she has given her brilliance, time, and energy to help the various communities and causes she most believes in. The fact that Jodi has stepped up to be a candidate for Secretary-Treasurer of SAG-AFTRA means she can turn that energy into creating positive change for our Union’s members.”
“We need Jodi’s energy, dedication and experience as the National Secretary Treasurer of SAG-AFTRA. She has served her acting community on the National and Local Boards at SAG-AFTRA and as an activist as President of the Board at Visual Communications, the oldest Asian American media group dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian Pacific American peoples. I support Jodi enthusiastically!”
“I’m a long time friend of Jodi. She’s very calm and Zen, yet a NYC Queens girl who fights the good fight. Her long history of commitment and service on SAG- AFTRA's National Board is a plus that sets her apart for our members. We will be lucky to have her speaking truth to power during our upcoming negotiations.”
ANNA DEAVERE SMITH
“I fully support Jodi Long for Secretary of the Treasury. She knows that our pensions, residuals and safety are at stake. We need committed leadership who will light a fire under all of us to wake up and get what we need and what we deserve. That’s Jodi Long.”
“I’m thrilled to have Jodi running for National Secretary Treasurer. Ours is a member run Union and it’s important for members to know how initiation fees and dues are spent. Jodi has tremendous experience as a Board Member and years of selfless service for others. Most importantly, Jodi will bring truth and transparency where there is now vagary and opacity. Thank you for voting for Ms Long.”
Notable supporters who have officially endorsed MembershipFirst candidates for the 2019 SAG-AFTRA election include Awkwafina, F. Murray Abraham, Joey Lauren Adams, Danny Aiello, David Andrews, Pete Antico, Bess Armstrong, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Uzo Aduba, Sean Astin, Adam Baldwin, Billy Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Jessica Barth, Bonnie Bartlett, Jennifer Beals, Nina Blackwood, Megan Boone, Elayne Boosler, Adam Brody, Clancey Brown, Neve Campbell, Lynda Carter, Chip Carriere, Patricia Clarkson, Clifton Collins Jr., Kevin Corrigan, Joe Cortese, Marcia Cross, Liane Curtis, Olivia d’Abo, Joe d'Angerio, Beverly D'Angelo, Adam Davenport, Bruce Davison, Alexandre de Beauharnais, Anne De Salvo, Laura Dern, Vincent D’Onofrio, Caitlin Dulany, Monique Edwards, Debbie Evans, Greg Evigan, Mia Farrow, J.J. Feild, Marie Fink, Frances Fisher, Joely Fisher, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Laura San Giacomo, Edi Gathegi, Jared Gilman, Jack Gilpin, Betty Gilpin, Elliott Gould, Reekah Graf, Heather Graham, David Alan Grier, Riley Griffiths, Scott Grimes, Nick Guest, Pam Guest, Regina Hall, David Harbour, Ed Harris, Melissa Joan Hart, Robert Hays, Dennis Haysbert, Louis Herthum, Claire Holt, Arliss Howard, C. Thomas Howell, Ernie Hudson, Allison Janney, Kristen Johnston, Shirley Jones, Ty Grandson Jones, Melissa Leo, Richard Lewis, Jodi Long, Joe Lo Truglio, Steve Lukather, David Jolliffe, Howard Kaylan, Diane Keaton, Costas Mandalor, Heather Matarazzo, Kent McCord, Ann McDonough, John C. McGinley, Leighton Meester, Jeff Michalski, Carrie Mitchum, Ruby Modine, Alfred Molina, JT Mollner, Esai Morales, Jane Morris, Rob Morrow, Bill Mumy, Kevin Nealon, Liam Neeson, Adam Nelson, Nick Nolte, Rosie O’Donnell, Christine Beehive-Queen Ohlman, Ron Ostrow, Patten Oswalt, Rick Overton, Joey Pantoliano, Ryan Park, Rosie Perez, Elizabeth Perkins, Russell Peters, Glenn Plummer, Brock Powell, Bill Pullman, Cristina Rackoff, Efren Ramirez, Joanelle Romero, Patricia Richardson, Robin Riker, Maya Lynn Robinson, Alan Ruck, James Russo, Meg Ryan, William Sadler, Johnathon Schaech, Annabella Sciorra, Sarah Scott, Martin Sheen, Sebastian Siegel, Nancy Sinatra, Lori Singer, Brooke Smith, Mira Sorvino, Frank Stallone, Aron Stevens, Connie Stevens, Lynn Marie Stewart, Eric Stoltz, Mena Suvari, Wanda Sykes, Renee Taylor, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Scottie Thompson, Stuart Townsend, John Travolta, Peter Van Norden, Grace Van Patten, Milo Ventimiglia, Lisa Ann Walter, Jason Weinberg, Olga Wilhelmine, Treat Williams, Mykelti Williamson, Debra Winger, Dean Winters, Madeline Zima and Daphne Zuniga.
Modine is also especially proud to have received supporting endorsements from three past SAG Union Presidents including Ed Asner, Bill Daniels and Alan Rosenberg.