Life is busy – Pride was celebrated, the submarine got lost, the DGA cut a deal. It can be tough to stay up-to-date on all 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 2023)

The 30 Best Queer Music Movies (via Eric Torres, Nadine Smith, Tatiana Lee Rodriguez, Michelle Hyun Kim, and Emma Madden for Pitchfork)
Cinéma padam padam.

How the Marvel Cinematic Universe Swallowed Hollywood (via Michael Schulman for The New Yorker)
The long history of the MCU, from fledgling experiment to fatigued audiences.

Remembering Jessie Maple, the Trailblazing Black Filmmaker of Cinema (via Archuleta Chisolm for Black Girl Nerds)
Learn about the career of the barrier-breaking director/cinematographer.

How Kevin Smith’s Problematic Rom-Com Chasing Amy Became a ‘Life Raft’ for Trans Filmmaker Sav Rodgers (via Ethan Alter for Yahoo Entertainment)
From problematic fave to passion project.

“I Have to Direct This”: 7 Actors Who Took the Camera Into Their Own Hands (via Anthony Breznican for Vanity Fair)
A group chat with the actors-turned-directors of Tribeca ’23: David Duchovny, Jennifer Esposito, Hamish Linklater, Chelsea Peretti, Lily Rabe, Michael Shannon, and John Slattery.

Meet the New Queer Archive Creating a Home for Trans Films (via Meggie Gates and Hana Urban for In These Times)
The Otherness Archive’s effort to document queer films and artists.

“Who Censored The French Connection?” Is A Case That Only Popeye Doyle Can Solve (via Glenn Kenny for Decider)
A Very Criterion Collection Mystery.

Meet the Vocal Coach Who’s Helping Timothée Chalamet Sound Like Bob Dylan (via Gabriella Paiella for GQ)
Who actors call when they have to learn to sing.

The 100 Most Significant Political Films of All Time (via Julian Epp and J. Hoberman for The New Republic)
The revolutionary movies of our times.

Hollywood Has a Climate Problem (via Kendra Pierre-Louis for Mother Jones)
Are screenwriters and showrunners ignoring climate storylines?

Wes Anderson’s Secret Weapon: The Camera Moves of Sanjay Sami (via Melena Ryzik for The New York Times)
Some love for indie film’s most iconic key grip.

Turner Classic Movies Holds Our Cinematic Past. Does It Have a Future Under Warner Bros. Discovery? (via Melanie McFarland for Salon)
The last cable channel that really matters is in trouble.

Rebelling Against the Independent Film Industrial Complex (via Sophia Haid and Keisha N. Knight for Filmmaker Magazine)
A call for a more community-based, less corporatized indie film distribution landscape.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Bomani J. Story, writer/director/producer of The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster
We talked to the filmmaker about his Mary Shelley-inspired feature debut.


A video worth watching

Miss Quentin Tarantino’s talk at Cannes? No worries! (via Quinzaine des Cinéastes)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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