Life is busy – it’s a new year, and while your old acquaintances were being forgot you may have also forgotten some entertainment news in the process. It can be tough to stay up-to-date on all the 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 2024)

Tom Wilkinson Was One of Those Increasingly Rare Character Actors That Never Failed to Imbue Each Role with Real Stakes (via Walter Chaw for Decider)
A remembrance of the In the Bedroom and Michael Clayton star.

Hollywood’s Attempts to Encourage Diversity ‘Performative’, Study Finds (via Adrian Horton for The Guardian)
New year, same problems!

Female Filmmakers in Focus: Nancy Savoca on Household Saints (via Marya E. Gates for
The Sundance Award-winning director talks about her long-lost third film.

Benny Breaks Out: The Safdie Brother on Going Solo, Making You Squirm With The Curse and What He Learned From Christopher Nolan and PTA (via Ethan Shanfeld for Variety)
Meet Safdie (minus Brother).

Here’s What We Know About the SAG-AFTRA AI Voice Acting Licensing Deal (via Ash Parrish for The Verge)
Details and confusion about a new deal with Replica Studios.

The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2024 (via Deirdre McCarrick, Tim Molloy, and Margeaux Sippell for MovieMaker Magazine)
Pack your bags.

American Movie, About a Blair Witch Project That Wasn’t, Predicted Hollywood’s Future (via Joshua Rothkopf for Los Angeles Times)
25 years of DIY movies taking over Sundance.

The Year in Experimental Film (via Jordan Cronk for Reverse Shot)
A review of last year’s avant garde cinematic offerings.

Sofia Coppola’s Path to Filming Gilded Adolescence (via Rachel Syme for The New Yorker)
How Sofia got into the family business.

Barbie Is Adapted? Maestro Original? Let’s Fix the Screenplay Categories. (via Alissa Wilkinson for The New York Times)
What is “pre-existing material” according to the Oscars?

The Holdovers Stunt Coordinator Reveals Her Path To Becoming a Successful Producer (via Grant Vance for No Film School)
Stunt coordinator-turned-producer Amy Greene on her varying careers.


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

SAGindie’s Sundance 2024 Movie Picks
A new crop of Sundance movies are upon us!

SAG-AFTRA 2023 Contract Updates
New rates and details from the 2023 theatrical agreements.

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2024
A new crop of filmmaker talks with Spirit Award nominees!

2024 Sundance Film Festival Recap
Highlights from Park City.


Videos worth watching

David Ehrlich’s 2023 Movie Countown (via Vimeo)

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2023: A Video Countdown from david ehrlich on Vimeo.

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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