Life is busy – you’re checking the news, washing your hands, contemplating the decision of whether to risk life or death in order to get your hair done. It can be tough to stay up-to-date on the latest film industry news, profiles, analysis, and advice. That’s why we’ve curated some essential reads you may have missed over the past month. So take some time to catch up with this month’s good reads.


This Month’s Good Reads (April 2020)

The 50 Most Important American Independent Movies (via The A.V. Club)
A nice history lesson and some streaming options to get up-to-speed on American indies.

Crew 101: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Your First Job On Set (via Backstage)
Get a breakdown of all the jobs on set you may want to break into.

Confronting the New Reality and Inventing the New Reality (via Brian Newman for Sub-Genre)
Taking stock of how the film industry will change post-coronavirus, and what you can do to stay above water.

New York State Film Tax Incentive Renewed But Trimmed; Many Lower-Budget NYC Independent Films No Longer Eligible (via Scott Macaulay for Filmmaker Magazine)
COVID-induced budget tightening means fewer tax incentives for New York’s low-budget filmmakers.

Hollywood and Hygiene: Sanitary Conditions On Set in the Age of Coronavirus (via Stacy Perman for Los Angeles Times)
Something to remember for a post-COVID world: Film sets are nasty; do better.

20 Years of IFC Films, 20 Must-See Movies (via Slant Magazine)
Celebrating the indie distributor’s anniversary with some movie-watching recommendations.

With the Theatrical Movie Business in Peril, Art Houses Might Hold the Key to Survive (via Ann Hornaday for The Washington Post)
How indie theaters’ survival will depend on flexibility and creativity.

50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2020 (via MovieMaker)
When festivals are back up and running (in-person!), here are some worth checking out.


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

COVID-19 Resources for Filmmakers & Actors
Some helpful resources to get you through these crazy times.

SAGindie & Stowe Story Labs Present SAGindie Fellowship
Find out the winner of our 2020 fellowship!

Movies & Music Profile: Composer Carla Patullo
The filmmaker/musician/composer (Spa Night, Porno) on her career, her voice, and her upcoming projects.


A video worth watching

The Producer’s Legal Guide to COVID-19 (via Slamdance Film Festival)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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