Life is busy – you’re working (at home), eating (at home), watching movies (at home), dealing with a global pandemic (at home), and staying at home (at home). 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 (March 2020)

What Are the Actors’ Union Rules in Right-to-Work States? (via Alex Ates for Backstage)
Learn all the details about right-to-work states.

Meet the Breakout Star of First Cow, Eve the Cow (via Gabriella Paiella for GQ)
How Kelly Reichardt cast her bovine actor.

A Massive List of Spring 2020 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About (via Oakley Anderson-Moore for No Film School)
Make some money to make some movies.

Quincy Goes to Hollywood (via Carol Cooper for Criterion)
Tracking the musician/producer’s transition to film scoring.

Does One Page of a Film Script Really Equal One Minute of Screentime? (via Stephen Follows for
Testing Hollywood’s rules-of-thumb, one stat at a time.

“Who Can’t Get on Board With That?”: How House Party Brought the Black Teenage Experience to the Mainstream (via Julian Kimble for The Ringer)
Revisiting the making of the Kid N’ Play comedy that you probably forgot was an indie film.

Your Life Is on Pause. Time to Write That Screenplay (via Tim Molloy for MovieMaker)
The world may be ending, but that scrips isn’t going to write itself!

Hollywood Braces for Coronavirus Financial Hit That Could Change the Industry Forever (via Cynthia Littleton and Elaine Low for Variety)
COVID-19’s effect on festivals, film shoots, and more.

Ways To Help Artists and Creatives During the COVID-19 Outbreak (via Chase Harrison for Made In NY Media Center Blog)
Resources for filmmakers, actors, and other artists in need.

Unemployment Assistance and COVID-19 (via SAG-AFTRA)
Need to file for unemployment? SAG-AFTRA has a guide and database of state agencies.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Benjamin Kasulke, director of Banana Split
The cinematographer-turned-director talks about his feature debut, a teen comedy starring Hannah Marks and Dylan Sprouse.


A video worth watching

Information on the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund (via SAG-AFTRA Foundation)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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