Life is busy – you’re celebrating Pride, returning to theaters, dealing with debilitating heat. 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 (June 2021)
Avant-Garde Film Preservation: How a Change to Kodak’s Product Line Puts Experimental Film at Risk (via Jon Dieringer for Screen Slate)
A discotinued product has larger repercussions for the industry.
Should You Co-Direct? Things We Learned While Sharing the Director’s Chair (via Kate Beacom and Louis Legge for ProductionHUB)
The harsh truth on directing with a partner.
How Screenwriter Databases Like Coverfly and The Black List Can Find the Next Bridgerton (via Mitch Lusas for MovieMaker Magazine)
A new way to find the right screenwriter to fit your niche.
Hollywood Costume Designers Reveal the Best Thrift Sources for Finding Movie-Worthy Looks (via Fawnia Soo Hoo & Danielle Directo-Meston for The Hollywood Reporter)
We love a bargain!
Film Festivals Prepare for a 2021 Comeback: Cannes, Telluride, and More Aim to Prove Their Worth (via Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson for IndieWire)
Festivals are back, baby!
The War on Bollywood (via Aatish Taseer for The Atlantic)
The growing censorship of India’s film industry.
Atomic-Backed Jumpcut Uses Data to Advance Diversity in Film (via Amanda Silberling for TechCrunch)
An algorithm with an eye on diversity.
The Enduring Spectacle of Fat Suits in Hollywood (via Hazel Cills for Jezebel)
Fat Monica refuses to die.
Nearly 30 Years Later, Filmmakers Reflect on the Birth New Queer Cinema — and Offer Their Visions for the Future (via Virginia Yapp for Sundance Institute)
Reflecting on the launch of an LGBTQ filmmaking movement.
Have Big Hollywood Dreams? Read the L.A. Times Guide to Entertainment Industry Careers (via Ada Tseng for Los Angeles Times)
Career advice up the wazoo.
It’s Not Easy Being Greenspeople (via Robert Ito for The New York Times)
The plant daddies and mommies of Hollywood.
In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)
Filmmaker Interview: Josh Ruben, director of Werewolves Within
The actor/filmmaker talked to us about his new horror-comedy whodunnit.
A video worth watching
So not all of us are living in a culture dominated by superheroes. (via @PatinkinMandy)
Pop Culture Quiz – Name five actors who played Batman, or four actors? Name one actor who played Batman. pic.twitter.com/KD2pLZEfl6
— Mandy Patinkin (@PatinkinMandy) June 12, 2021
How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?
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