Life is busy – you’re attending/avoiding Coachella, dumping/buying Netflix stock, celebrating/forgetting Ramadan/Passover/Easter, and wondering how Twitter could get any better/worse. 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 2022)

This Is Not a Story About Bruce Willis (via Travis M. Andrews for The Washington Post)
A look into the career path of Bruce Willis’s double.

Explaining Hollywood: How to Get a Job as a Music Supervisor (via Jon Healey for Los Angeles Times)
Career paths for aspiring soundtrack-pickers.

This Is As Good As Movies Are Going to Get (via Peter Kafka for Recode)
Things sure seem bleak, but are we truly appreciating the vast array of movies at our disposal?

How Jane Schoenbrun’s ‘Emo Horror Movie’ Helped Them Find Themself (via Elissa Suh for Input)
A story of coming-of-age, indie filmmaking, and transition from the We’re All Going to the World’s Fair director.

Why Nicolas Cage is Hollywood’s Most Misunderstood Star (via Anna Bogutskaya for BBC)
The culture is finally coming to appreciate Nic Cage.

Goodbye to the 14-Hour Day: The Entertainment Industry’s Shifting Work/Life Balance (via Anthony Kaufman for Filmmaker Magazine)
How the “Great Resignation” is coming to the film industry.

Mira Nair on Mississippi Masala’s Enduring Impact, Body Language, and That Phone Call Scene (via Mitchell Beaupre for The Film Stage)
The long-lost 1991 Denzel Washington/Sarita Choudhury indie romance has been restored.

20 Years Married: How My Big Fat Greek Wedding Became a Smash Hit (via Alison Herman for The Ringer)
How an indie with no movie stars became the most successful romantic comedy of all time.

50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2022 (via Tim Molloy for MovieMaker Magazine)
Where will you be submitting your film this year?

Control and Chaos: Cate Blanchett (via Amy Herzog for Film Comment)
A study of the woman who has played Queen Elizabeth I, Katharine Hepburn, and Bob Dylan.

The 20 Best Punk Movies (via Simon Reynolds for Pitchfork)
Watch these movies, poser. Or don’t. Who cares? Anarchy!

The Hardest Sequel I Ever Wrote (via Dan Reilly and Vikram Murthi for Vulture)
The perils of penning a #2 picture.

A Scrappier Model for Netflix Might Be More Sustainable (via Jason Blum for The New York Times)
The super-producer offers cost-saving tips for the (suddenly tanking) super-streamer.


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

Panel Series: Making Short Films – SAG-AFTRA Foundation
Full videos from the three-part panel series presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, moderated and curated by SAGindie’s Michael Sládek.

The Art of Collaboration: Film Music Connect 2021 Alumni
Join us to hear from the filmmakers and composers of SAGindie and Helix Collective’s Film Music Connect 2021 slate on May 4th!

Filmmaker Interview: Kate Tsang, writer/director of Marvelous and the Black Hole
We talked to the filmmaker about moving from animation to live-action and her feature directorial debut.

Working Through, Part 5: A Conversation with Filmmakers Charles Burnett, Alex Cox, and Debra Granik
Part five of our Working Through series brings together the iconic filmmakers Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep), Alex Cox (Repo Man), and Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) for a conversation about their careers and the state of indie film.


A video worth watching

Daniels pitch a movie theater PSA (via Alamo Drafthouse)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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