Life is busy – you’re escaping the heat, you’re (hopefully) wearing a mask, you’re finding out the everyday items around you might actually be cake. 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 (July 2020)

Can You Finance an Independent Film During a Pandemic? (via Anthony Kaufman for Filmmaker Magazine)
How filmmakers are finding the money during COVID.

New Filmmaking Grant Launched to Honor Lynn Shelton, Support Other ‘Late Bloomer’ Filmmakers (via Kate Erbland for IndieWire)
Learn about the $25,000 grant for filmmakers kicking off their careers after the age of 39.

So You Want To Be A Music Supervisor… (via Amanda Krieg Thomas for Yay Team Productions)
Learn how to launch a career in the movie music space.

9 Essential COVID-19 Rules For Moviemakers: A Short Legal Guide (via David Albert Pierce, Esq. for MovieMaker Magazine)
How to keep your set safe from a legal standpoint.

Why it’s Harder Than Ever to Make it in Hollywood (via Kyle Paoletta for The New Republic)
The mounting career challenges facing fledgling actors and screenwriters.

Why Low-Budget Horror Is Thriving This Summer (via David Sims for The Atlantic)
The genre breaking through to audiences stuck at home (or in cars).

Richard Linklater Talks the Future of Cinema—in His Own Empty Theatre (via Elena Saavedra Buckley for The New Yorker)
How the Austin Film Society founder is coping “in these trying times.”

Hollywood Wanted Olivia De Havilland To Play An Ingenue Forever. So She Sued Them. (via Anne Cohen for Refinery29)
How the Gone With the Wind actress – who died this month at age 104 – helped bring down the Hollywood Studio System.

AMC Backs Down on Holywood’s Once-Sacrosanct Theatrical Window (via Kelly Gilblom and Renata S. Geraldo for Bloomberg)
The studios and theater chains have stopped fighting…for now.

How Tyler Perry’s “Camp Quarantine” Fended Off the Pandemic During Filming of Sistas (via Anousha Sakoui for Los Angeles Times)
The strict (and costly) way the BET series got back to production.

Distribution Case Study: Thunder Road (via Jess Fuselier for Sundance Institute)
A deep dive into the DIY distribution of the SXSW hit indie.


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

PGA Wants to Help Get Your Bond Back
Learn about a new way to expedite the return of your SAG-AFTRA bond.


A video worth watching

Honor the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act with this SAG-AFTRA panel (via SAG-AFTRA)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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