Life is busy – a new COVID variant (hi, BA.5!), record-breaking heat all over the world, a new dash of pox, and a Beyoncé album. 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 2022)

50 Best Movies About America of the Past 50 Years (via David Fear, Katie Rife, Scott Tobias, Robert Daniels, Jason Bailey, Tim Grierson, Noel Murray, and A.A. Dowd for Rolling Stone)
From Boyhood and Boyz N the Hood to Brooklyn and Nashville, from sea to shining sea.

How Long Should I Make My Short Film? (via Rob Munday for Short of the Week)
Or, rather, how short should you make your short film?

Hollywood Won’t Budge for Chinese Censors Anymore. Here’s What Changed (via Michelle Toh for CNN Business)
How movies are becoming less China-friendly.

Distributors Fact Sheet: 2022 Edition (via Liz Manashil and Epiphany James for Dear Producer)
See what distributors are buying (and thinking) in 2022.

Strategic Reassessments: Arthouse Distributors and the Theatrical-vs.-Streaming Debate (via Anthony Kaufman for Filmmaker Magazine)
Speaking of distribution! Here’s a peek at the current landscape.

50 Great X-Rated Movies (That Aren’t Porn) (via Jennifer M. Wood for Thrillist)
Must-see movies that made the censors go 😯.

Seven Ways The New York Times Could Help Save Theatrical Moviegoing and Its Own Bottom Line (via Ira Deutchman for @nyindieguy)
How the Gray Lady could give the arthouse a boost.

U.K. Independent Film Sector Strained to Market Failure Level, Grim BFI Report Reveals (via Naman Ramachandran for Variety)
Economic crisis hits the British indie film world.

With Queen of Glory, Nana Mensah Tells Her Own Kind of Immigrant Story (via Kathleen Anaza for Vogue)
An interview with the Tribeca Award-winning writer/director/actor.

Bob Rafelson: Subtle and Complex Director Was Presiding Genius of the Hollywood New Wave (via Peter Bradshaw for The Gurdian)
The legacy of the late Bob Rafelson, from creating a cheesy sitcom to changing the landscape of Hollywood.

A Talk With Four Moviemakers, Ages 18 to 22, About the Future of Film (via Tim Molloy for MovieMaker Magazine)
Gen Z filmmakers talk shop.

How to Negotiate a Film Composer Agreement (via Elena Maro for Stage 32)
Tips for your movie music endeavors.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Max Walker-Silverman, writer/director/producer of A Love Song
We talked to the filmmaker about making the intimate Dale Dickey/Wes Studi drama with his hometown crew.


A video worth watching

A conversation between Jim Jarmusch and Claire Denis (h/t The Film Stage)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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