Life is busy – you’re voting for movie awards, watching movie awards, Tweeting about movie awards, maybe even winning movie awards (if so, congrats!). 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 2022)

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Complicated Women (via Chloe Malle for W Magazine)
The actor/filmmaker (and Spirit Award-sweeper) takes center stage for the magazine’s annual Directors Issue.

Why Did Tom Hanks Fire This Man? (via Anthony Breznican for Vanity Fair)
Actor Connor Ratliff’s search for answers from America’s Dad.

“Look At What We’re Doing With Your Money, You Dick”: How Peter Thiel Backed An “Anti-Woke” Film Festival (via Joseph Bernstein for BuzzFeed News)
New People’s Cinema Club converged experimental filmmakers with conservative billionaire funding.

Women Who Drift, Die, Kill, and Dream: The Beguiling Work of a Feminist Filmmaker. (via Erika Balsom for 4Columns)
A deep dive into the avant-garde career of Nina Menkes.

SAG-AFTRA Accredits Seven Intimacy Coordinator Training Programs (via SAG-AFTRA)
Keeping actors safe and expanding the pool of qualified intimacy coordinators.

The Henry & June Controversy Explained: The First NC-17 Movie (via Travis Yates for /Film)
The rating synonymous with “smut” was first stamped on… an Uma Thurman-starring period piece that landed a Best Cinematography Oscar nom?

Steven Soderbergh: A Smooth Operator for 21st-Century American Cinema (via Ruairi McCann for Mubi Notebook)
Analyzing Soderbergh’s career since he “retired” from filmmaking in 2013.

A Ukrainian Filmmaker’s Flight from War and Loss in Her Homeland (via Elena Rubashevska for The Hollywood Reporter)
A first-hand account from Ukraine.

The Stories Sarah Polley Couldn’t Tell (via Alexandra Schwartz for The New Yorker)
The actor/filmmaker on her new memoir, child acting, and returning to filmmaking after a head injury.

Vimeo is Telling Creators to Suddenly Pay Thousands of Dollars — Or Leave the Platform (via Mia Sato for The Verge)
How Vimeo is becoming less filmmaker-friendly.

The Complicated Legacy of Russ Meyer (via Julia Sirmons for Crooked Marquee)
Reflections on the career of the “sexploitation” pioneer.

Digital Rocks: How Hollywood Killed Celluloid (via Will Tavlin for n+1)
Goodbye 35mm, hello DCI.


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

2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards Winners
See which films, filmmakers, and actors took home gold at this year’s (in-person!) ceremony.

SXSW Film Festival 2022 Recap
Award-winners and highlights from South By Southwest ’22.

Filmmaker Interview: Neal McDonough, writer/producer/star of Boon
We talked with the actor/writer about his newest turn as a hitman in the indie action sequel.


A video worth watching

In case you missed the Oscars… (via Late Night with Seth Meyers)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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