Life is busy – and distressing – and with Roe v. Wade overturned, coup-related Congressional hearings, and the now seemingly-constant heat waves, it’s difficult to stay up-to-date on (perhaps less urgent) 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 2022)

The Rise of the Gay Rom-Com: Fire Island‘s Joel Kim Booster & Bros‘ Billy Eichner Redefine the Genre (via Patrick Gomez for Entertainment Weekly)
Two gay writer/actors taking the rom-com into their own hands.

Who Is the Ion Pack? (via Nathan Taylor Pemberton for The New York Times)
The Ion Pack’s journey from anonymous film-culture-troll podcasters to indie film producer/distributors.

Suite for Barbara Loden (via Nathalie Léger, translated by Natasha Lehrer & Cécile Menon for Metrograph)
An excerpt from the biography of the model-turned-actor-turned-filmmaker behind the groundbreaking 1970 indie Wanda.

Alan Cumming’s Missing Co-Star Chimp Found Alive After Owner Faked His Death (via Cheyenne Roundtree for Rolling Stone)
For this month’s “yes, you read that headline right” edition. (CGI apes don’t cause this much drama. Just sayin’!)

A Guide to One-Take Short Films (via Short of the Week)
Who has the time for cutting these days?

Sundance Film Festival Director Tabitha Jackson Is Leaving the Organization (via Eric Kohn for IndieWire)
Big changes afoot for Sundance.

After His Son Died On a USC Film Shoot, A Father Is Still Looking for Answers (via Anousha Sakoui for Los Angeles Times)
An attempt to make sense of an on-set tragedy.

On Philip Baker Hall in Hard Eight (via Scott Tobias for The Reveal)
How P.T. Anderson built his first film around his favorite character actor.

Tribeca Festival’s Post-Film Reboot (via Shawn McCreesh for Intelligencer)
A peek behind the curtain of Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s film festival.

The Legacy of Gen-X Black Filmmakers (via Brandon David Wilson for
Exploring the works of the Singleton/DuVernay/Prince-Bythewood generation.

Hollywood’s Women in Film Group Turns Focus to States With Abortion ‘Trigger Bans’ (via Natalie Oganesyan for The Wrap)
How the nonprofit is spreading the word about reproductive health care resources for film industry employees.

The Weird, Analog Delights of Foley Sound Effects (via Anna Wiener for The New Yorker)
The artists behind your favorite on-screen clicks and clacks and squishes and stomps.

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Interviewed by Edgar Wright (via Sight and Sound)
Genre-defying auteurs talking to one another.

How Cha Cha Real Smooth Achieved Authentic Representation of Autism, According to Its Star and Casting Director (via Selome Hailu for Variety)
Casting on the spectrum.


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

Cannes Film Festival 2022 – Recap
Highlights and award-winners from the Frenchest festival on the SAGindie calendar.


A video worth watching

How different actors run (via @daniel.labelle)

@daniel.labelle How Different Actors Run. #running ♬ original sound – Daniel LaBelle

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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