Life is busy – you’re winding down from an entire 12 months’ worth of 2022. It can be tough to stay up-to-date on all 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 (December 2022)

Brendan Fraser’s Comeback Says Less About Him Than It Says About Us (via Ty Burr for The Washington Post)
The people’s champ of the 2022 awards campaign season.

For Anna Diop, Nanny Is a Movie About Maternal Sacrifice (via Quinci LeGardye for Harper’s Bazaar)
Catching up with last Sundance’s big winner.

How Skinamarink, a $15,000 Horror Movie, Became the Internet’s New Cult Obsession (via William Earl for Variety)
The Canadian micro-budget horror film that’s become scarily successful.

Cocaine Bear and the New Age of Internet Movies (via Angela Watercutter for Wired)
Moviemaking for an “extremely online” audience.

Christmas in Nevada (via Claire Rudy Foster for Bright Wall/Dark Room)
One writer’s plea to swap your seasonal Carol viewing for 1985’s Desert Hearts.

“It’s Going to Be Epic”: The Oral History of James Cameron (via Alan Siegel for The Ringer)
Cameron is back! Here’s where he’s been, from low-budget visual effects supervisor to the most successful director in Hollywood.

IMDb Will Allow Industry Professionals to Remove Age and Birth Names (via Samantha Bergeson for IndieWire)
Apparently a little bit of privacy on the internet is possible!

How I Got My Script on the Black List Without Reps (via Jason Hellerman for No Film School)
No agent or manager? That doesn’t mean your script can’t crack the Black List.

The Outrageous, Un-PC Black Comedy That Blew Robert Downey Jr.’s Mind (via Alexander Larman for The Telegraph)
Revisiting Putney Swope, the indie hit that put Robert Downey Sr. on the map.

The Composer Who Made Sense of David Lynch (via Matt Zoller Seitz for Vulture)
Remembering Blue Velvet composer Angelo Badalamenti.

Hit & Misses: The 2022 Releases of Six Recent Sundance Features (via Anthony Kaufman for Filmmaker Magazine)
As a new Sundance lineup is announced, a look back at the sales details of some of last year’s festival hits.

25 Years Later, a Sundance Darling Starring a Young Ben Affleck Gets a Makeover (via Matthew Jacobs for Vanity Fair)
How 1997’s Going All the Way came back.

A.I. Is Here, And It’s Making Movies. Is Hollywood Ready? (via Brian Contreras for Los Angeles Times)
Reshoots are expensive – can a computer do those tweaks for you?

An Examination of Gender Representation in Short Film (via Short of the Week)
The short film platform breaks down the numbers.

Making the Fitting Room a Safe Space (via SAG-AFTRA Magazine)
Actors and costumers give their tips and best practices.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Ravi Kapoor and Venk Potula of Four Samosas
We talked to the writer/director/producer and producer/star of the award-winning indie heist comedy.

2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Nominees
TV nominees have been added to the mix!

SAGindie’s Favorite Films of 2022
See the films that topped our staff’s must-see lists this year.


A video worth watching

Every decade, the venerated Greatest Films of All Time poll results are released. And here they are! (via Sight & Sound – for extra credit, the New York Times has a history of the poll.)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this year?


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