Life is busy – and increasingly… unstable? Exhausting? Hellish? Choose your own adjective! Maybe you need a distraction? 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 (May 2022)

The ’90s Was The Last Great Decade For Film Soundtracks (via Candice Frederick for HuffPost)
Shoutout to Gen X music supervisors!

Were the Film-Set Heists in Atlanta an Inside Job? (via Charles Bethea for The New Yorker)
Exploring the thievery of the Atlanta film scene.

There Is a Secret Door Into Hollywood, and It’s Called “Gratitude” (via Ayelet Emma Regev Junger for No Film School)
Why you should read the “Special Thanks” in a movie’s end credits.

Planned Parenthood’s Film and TV Expert: ‘We’re Never Going to Change Policies Unless We Change the Culture’ (via Eric Kohn for IndieWire)
Talking to the woman who consulted on the portrayal of abortion care in Obvious Child, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and more.

Memories of a Vibrant Moment in Asian American Cinema (via Abby Sun and Keisha N. Knight for The Criterion Collection)
Revisiting the Asian American films of the ’90s.

After 140 Years, The Actors Fund Solves An Identity Crisis With New Name: Entertainment Community Fund (via Greg Evans for Deadline)
Inside the charitable efforts and new branding of the industry aid organization.

No, Hollywood Is Not Required to Screw Up Military Uniforms (via Jeff Schogol for Task and Purpose)
Wardrobe Department, take note.

The Startling Story Behind Hatching’s Horrifying Puppet-Monster (via Tasha Robinson for Polygon)
How a low-budget Finnish indie film landed a Star Wars-caliber effects team.

The Toxic Male Prophecy of In the Company of Men (via Tim Grierson for MEL Magazine)
Neil LaBute’s (unfortunately) prescient indie turns 25.

Someone Stole Seth Green’s Bored Ape, Which Was Supposed To Star In His New Show (via Sarah Emerson for BuzzFeed News)
Yes, this is a real story.

At Cannes: Sandra Schulberg and IndieCollect Call For an Indie Filmmaker Bill of Rights (via Sandra Schulberg for Filmmaker Magazine)
A call to preserve indie film for future generations.


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

Stowe Story Labs SAGindie Fellowship
Meet our newest fellow(s)!

Filmmaker Interview: Carey Williams, director of Emergency
We interviewed the filmmaker about turning his award-winning short into a new feature.

Panel: Directing with Trust – Working with Actors
SAGindie partnered with The Gotham and Black Film Space for a candid chat about how to direct actors.


A video worth watching

James Gray on the current state of Hollywood (via Deadline)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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