Life is busy – you’re ringing in a new year, battling rain and snow storms, and figuring out if you’re a nepo baby. 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 (January 2023)

So Hard to Say Goodbye: The Oral History of Cooley High (via Jake Malooley for Chicago Magazine)
The making of the 1975 indie coming-of-age classic.

Why Are So Few Black People in Positions of Power in the Arthouse Film PR Sector? (via Mia Farrell for Screen Daily)
A call for diversifying the indie publicity space.

The Challenges Of A Producers’ Collective (via Ted Hope for Hope For Film)
The veteran producer’s thoughts on producing as a group.

Inside the Long Road to Release the Lost Mark Hamill Video Game Movie Virtually Heroes (via Tasha Robinson for Polygon)
After a decade, Roger Corman’s first Sundance film is finally out!

Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker, 2023 (via Tim Molloy for MovieMaker Magazine)
Pack your bags! (Or stay put!)

How Tubi Is Opening Doors for Independent Black Filmmakers (via Phil Lewis for What I’m Reading)
The Detroit indie filmmaking scene has found a home on streaming.

Let’s Make a Deal — Or Not. (via Anthony Kaufman for Distribution Advocates)
Breaking down the stats of film festival sales.

Film Festivals – and All Movie Theaters – Need Open Captions (via Alison O’Daniel for Variety)
How to make festival screenings more accessible.

Lights, Camera, Weapons Check? Actors Worry After Baldwin Charges. (via Graham Bowley, Julia Jacobs and Marc Tracy for The New York Times)
Continued fallout and questions from the Rust tragedy.

The Biggest Challenges Sundance Filmmakers Faced (And How They Tackled Them) (via Jo Light for No Film School)
Problem-solving advice from this year’s crop of Sundance filmmakers.

How Andrea Riseborough Pulled Off That Shocking Oscar Nomination (via Glenn Whipp for Los Angeles Times)
To Leslie‘s journey from under-seen indie to Oscar nomination.

Guy Maddin Remembers Noah Cowan, ‘One of the Great Ambushing Charmers of the Film Business’ (via Ryan Lattanzio for IndieWire)
The My Winnipeg filmmaker eulogizes the former Toronto International Film Festival co-director.


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

2023 Sundance SAGindie Staff Picks
The movies we were most excited for at Sundance 2023.


A video worth watching

Producers Roundtable (via The Hollywood Reporter)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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