Every Friday here on the indieBlog, we do our best to provide a weekly rundown of good reads in hopes of keeping filmmakers, actors, and film fans knowledgeable and entertained by the happenings of the industry. But since it would no doubt require a lot of time – and stress on the eyes – to go back and browse for the year’s best, we’ve selected some highlights for you. Some of these were among our most-read articles (hi, dogs at the movies!), and others are simply getting an extra boost in order to enhance your film culture education.

Before you read on, let us have a moment of silence for some (previously included in Good Reads) media outlets we lost in 2018. RIP: The Awl, The Village Voice, FilmStruck/Streamline, Lenny, Mic, and Fandor.

And now enjoy the GOOD READS OF 2018.


This Year’s Good Reads

Creative Distribution Fellowship: Case Study – Columbus
by Jess Fuselier for Sundance Institute, March 14

Barks Office Report: What It’s Like Watching Isle Of Dogs With Your Dog
by Vince Mancini for FilmDrunk, March 21

Facebook Was Vital For Indie Filmmakers. Now Their Followers Are Held Hostage, and the Ransom Keeps Changing
by Chris O’Falt for IndieWire, March 28

In Search of the Last Great Video Store
by Kate Hagen for The Black List Blog, June 5

Why I Am Hopeful: Programmer Eric Allen Hatch on the Future of Arthouse Programming
by Eric Allen Hatch for Filmmaker Magazine, June 11

Be Everywhere All At Once: The Ultimate Guide To Festivals, Online, And Your Short Film Release
by Andrew S. Allen for Short Of The Week, July 18

Indie Distributors So White?: How Lack of Diversity Impacts What Films Get Released
by Juliette Verlaque for The Wrap, August 15

How Orson Welles’s The Other Side Of The Wind Was Rescued From Oblivion
by Alex Ross for The New Yorker, September 26

The Death of Hollywood’s Middle Class
by Nicole LaPorte for Fast Company, October 25

How to Stay Sane and Healthy While Making a Film
by Joshua Sanchez for The Creative Independent, November 7


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

SAGindie’s Favorite Movie Music of 2018
The songs, scores, and needle drops that made our staff’s playlists this year.

SAGindie’s Favorite Films of 2018
We’ve got opinions on this year’s movies! Check ’em out!


New Releases

Movies from our December Movie Picks that will release in the coming weeks:

How ’bout you? Read anything good this year?


If you’re an independent filmmaker or know of an independent film-related topic we should write about, email blogadmin@sagindie.org for consideration.

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