What a week – politically speaking – thanks in part to a huge speech that set the world on fire from D.C. to the coasts, pitting neighbor against neighbor: Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes. (Oh yeah, President Obama and Donald Trump also gave some pretty high-profile speeches this week too.) We tend to focus on the entertainment side of the news each week, and yet politics has a way of bleeding over at times. We’ve collected some of the week’s best (occasionally political) good reads below.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of January 9, 2017)

Has Hollywood lost touch with American values? (via Los Angeles Times)
A series of articles on race, class, gender, and the political divide in our entertainment.

Negotiating The Location Agreement (via Stacey Davis for Seed&Spark)
How to film on private property. (With permission!)

Obama’s Optimism Is Now the Stuff of Fiction (via Justin Charity for The Ringer)
Barry hasn’t even left the White House yet and there are already two indie films about him.

Gaslight And The True Meaning Of Fear (via Jill Blake for Streamline)
The term “gaslighting” has been thrown around a lot lately. A look back at the 1944 film that spawned the phrase.

The Case for Theatrical Distribution: Putting Your Movie Into Theaters Still Makes Business Sense. Here’s Why (via Philippe Diaz for MovieMaker Magazine)
When everything is coming up streaming, how important is a theatrical release?

Why We Need Movies About National Tragedies (via Lisa Rosman for Signature Reads)
An argument against “too soon.”

So You Want To Be A Producer? Catching Up With 5 Creative Producing Alumni (via Sundance Institute)
Tips for aspiring producers from folks who’ve been through it.


In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)

Filmmaker Interview: Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell, co-writers/directors of Claire in Motion
Our Q&A with the filmmaking team behind the new Betsy Brandt-starring mystery/drama.

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2017
Check out the lineup of this year’s filmmaker panel series.

Our Sundance ’17 Movie Picks
The movies our staff is most excited to see in Park City this year.


A video worth watching

How some cool silent movie effects were done (via Imgur)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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