Life is busy – you’re working, eating, making movies, watching movies, scrolling through endless nonsense on your phone. 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 (January 2020)

Lessons From a Decade of Short Film (2010-2019) (via Andrew S. Allen for Short of the Week)
Read ’em from a guy whose seen a lot of shorts.

How to Start Your Own Producers’ Group (via Rachel Nederveld for Dear Producer)
Creating a community with fellow filmmakers.

Buck Henry Was a New Hollywood Renegade (via Rob Sheffield for Rolling Stone)
Remembering the screenwriter of The Graduate and To Die For.

Tired of Playing the Replaceable Wife, I Decided to Pursue Directing (via Ashley Williams for Women and Hollywood)
From fired TV wife to Sundance filmmaker.

Before Sunrise: The Making of an Indie Classic (via Ashley Spencer for The New York Times)
Celebrating the ultimate indie romance 25 years later.

Netflix Turns to First-Time Filmmakers For an Edge in Streaming Wars (via Jen Yamato and Wendy Lee for Los Angeles Times)
The new talent being mined at Netflix.

Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2020 (via MovieMaker)
See if you’re living (or working) in a filmmaker-friendly town.

How California’s AB-5 Labor Law Impacts Independent Filmmakers (via Richard Kaufman for From the Heart Productions)
Get info on the new law that limits 1099 hiring.

SAG-AFTRA Unveils Landmark Industry Standards and Protocols for the Use of Intimacy Coordinators (via SAG-AFTRA)
Learn the union’s new rules for keeping sets safe.


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

SAGindie and Stowe Story Labs Partner for SAGindie Fellowship
Final deadline to apply is February 17!

SAGindie’s Sundance 2020 Movie Picks
The movies that topped our staff’s must-see lists before venturing to Park City.

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2020
Recapping the SAGindie-sponsored weekly film talk series.


A video worth watching

Lotttta time on their hands, these kids, God bless ’em (via Mashable)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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