Life is busy – you’re giving thanks for health, for family, for friends… But are you giving thanks for good reads? 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 (November 2021)

The Cost of Safety: Low Budgets Never Preclude Safe Productions, But They Don’t Make It Easy (via Chris Lindahl for IndieWire)
While the fallout of the Rust shooting continues, a look at how on-set safety measures can become casualties of slashed budgets.

How To Spend $10,000 on Film Festival Submissions… (via Sean Farnel for Film Festival Fever)
Do’s and don’t’s of film festival submissions.

How to Rethink the Budget Needs and Hierarchies of Traditional Film Production to Enable Creative Freedom: On the Making of This Is Not a War Story (via Talie Lugacy for Filmmaker Magazine)
Smaller crew, fewer hours spread over a longer timeframe, and the other ways a microbudget production employed worker co-op values.

The Mystery Was the Point: On the Life of Dean Stockwell (1936-2021) (via Sheila O’Malley for
From child star to an indie-centric comeback, a remembrance of the Paris, Texas and Blue Velvet star.

Hollywood Loves Books (via Kate Dwyer for Marie Claire)
It’s a good time to be a novelist in Hollywood.

How to Get a Black-Led Indie Film Funded in Hollywood (via Joseph Bien-Kahn for Vulture)
A peek behind the curtain of Passing production company Significant Productions.

Hollywood Is Failing Disabled Screenwriters With the “Consultant Trap” (via Richie Siegel & Marisa Torelli-Pedevska for The Hollywood Reporter)
Why screenwriters with disabilities are being left out of career opportunities.

Hollywood Crew Workers Narrowly Ratify New Contracts with Studios (via Anousha Sakoui for Los Angeles Times)
Updates on the potential IATSE strike.

The Best Short Film Festivals in the World 2022 (via Caleb Hammond for MovieMaker Magazine)
Big fests to take your little films.

How Do You Make Teen Comedies Today? Buy a High School (via Nicole Sperling for The New York Times)
The ingenuity behind American High.

Sondheim On-Screen (via David Hudson for The Criterion Collection)
From West Side Story and Original Cast Album: “Company” to Dick Tracy and Marriage Story, the late Stephen Sondheim’s contributions to cinema.

Here’s Why Movie Dialogue Has Gotten More Difficult To Understand (And Three Ways To Fix It) (via Ben Pearson for /Film)
It’s not just your TV!

UPDATED to include:
Digitizing Maxi Cohen’s Legacy
(via Sophie Monks Kaufman for Hazlitt)
What does it take to preserve an independent filmmaker’s oeuvre?


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

Filmmaker Interview: Hannah Marks, writer/director/producer of Mark, Mary & Some Other People
We talked with the actor-turned-filmmaker about her modern take on the romantic comedy.

Stowe Story Labs SAGindie Fellowship
Application season for our 2022 fellowship is now open!

Filmmaker Interview: Justin Chon, writer/director/star of Blue Bayou
Our chat with the actor/filmmaker on making his biggest budget film yet.

2021 Gotham Awards – Winners
See which films, performers, and filmmakers took home the prizes at this year’s Gothams.


A video worth watching

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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