The ‘Mask Crusaders’


Members of the IATSE Women’s committee were instrumental in leading this amazing initiative. Thank you to all the sisters, brothers, kin, who took action to assist medical workers across North America.


© Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03: Nikolaus Brown, president of Motion Picture Costumers Local 705, makes face masks at his home in Hollywood on Friday, April 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. With the Coronavius rampantly spreading through cities across the world, n95 masks have become in high demand and short supply.


He had been working on Netflix's big-budget action movie "Red Notice," making sure Gal Gadot's dress fit properly on set in Atlanta, before filming was shut down.

The crisis hit home for Brown, president of the Motion Picture Costumers Local 705. His sister, a nurse in Winston-Salem, N.C., had sent him a photo of her son waving goodbye to his dad through a window — a necessary physical separation because her radiologist husband was exposed to COVID-19 at work. Medical providers, she said, faced a severe shortage of masks and other protective equipment.

Brown was determined to do something. So he took to Facebook and put out a "call to arms," rallying 250 designers, sewers and cutters to make masks for healthcare providers and others.


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By Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times - 04 April 2020

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