Life is busy and overwhelming – you already know that. That’s why every month we curate some essential film industry news, profiles, analysis, and advice you may have missed to help educate and/or distract you. So take some time to catch up with this month’s good reads.


This Month’s Good Reads (May 2020)

As Indie Films Look to Drive-Ins for Theatrical Runs, a Masked Cast and Crew Celebrate Under the Stars (via Chris Willman for Variety)
Throwing a socially-distant movie premiere.

The Day the Numbers Went Away: A Movie Box Office Nerd Mourns the Loss of a Lifelong Obsession (via Peter Knegt for CBC)
A former child box office reporter (yeah, you read that right) laments the current state of cinema.

Lynn Shelton, the Brightest Talent in the Seattle Filmmaking Universe, Has Died at 54 (via Christopher Frizzelle for The Stranger)
A touching tribute to an amazing talent gone too soon.

12 Coming-of-Age Films and Family Dramas to Watch During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (via Virginia Yapp for Sundance Institute)
From this year’s Sundance breakout Minari to throwback Sundance breakout Better Luck Tomorrow, some great movies to check out.

10 Questions Every Filmmaker Should Ask When a Festival Opts to Go Online (via Clay Pruitt for The Seed&Spark Blog)
Transparent data, individual goala, marketing plans, and more things to consider before submitting to a virtual film fest.

The Great Film Production Renaissance: Are You Ready? (via Richard Janes for Medium)
How camera, locations, hair & makeup, and more crew positions might change in the coming years.

Cine Phobia: What Will Make Americans Feel Comfortable Going Out to the Movies Again? (via Bilge Ebiri for Vulture)
Surveying the future of moviegoing.

Dreaming is Believing: A Director’s Journey Without Sight (via Adam Morse for The Stage 32 Blog)
On making a movie while visually impaired.

Spike Lee’s Devastating Short Film Highlights Deaths of George Floyd, Eric Garner (via Yohana Desta for Vanity Fair)
Spike ties in real life tragedy with one of his most iconic scenes. (*Trigger warning: graphic police brutality)


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

Virtual Panel: Working Through – Indie Filmmaking in the Age of COVID-19
SAGindie presents an online panel on navigating the waters of filmmaking post-pandemic.


A video worth watching

Cameron Diaz, Rosario Dawson, Halle Berry, and a ton more actresses and stuntwomen throw down for Zoë Bell’s Boss Bitch Fight Challenge (via Zoë Bell)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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