Life is busy – the SAG-AFTRA strike has ended(!) and for that we are all thankful. It can be tough to stay up-to-date on all the other 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 2023)

Three Debut Features Give Depth and Dimension to Black Mothers (via Lovia Gyarkye for The Hollywood Reporter)
The triple-threat triple-feature of A.V. Rockwell’s A Thousand and One, Savanah Leaf’s Earth Mama, and Raven Jackson’s All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt.

The Peculiar Rise of the Vanity Biopic (via Vince Mancini for The Ringer)
True story or fictional ego boost?

Admin Reveal: The Former Queen of Sofia Coppola Tumblr Speaks (via Caroline Powell for Screen Slate)
Curator meets subject.

Remembering ‘Bighearted’ Film Programmer Doug Jones, Who Helped Relaunch Vidiots (via Jen Yamato and Mark Olsen for Los Angeles Times)
The indie film community lost a key champion who worked with Vidiots, Overlook Film Festival, SXSW, Film Independent, San Francisco Film Society, and more.

How the Film Distributor Zeitgeist Made History (via Richard Brody for The New Yorker)
Celebrating 35 years of the arthouse distributor.

Producer Support Guide (via Rebecca Green for Dear Producer)
A one-stop-shop of film producing resources.

Arrested Development: The Cinema of Michael Cera (via Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer for Mubi Notebook)
Analyzing the evolution of the 2000s’ indie “it” boy.

Kiss Me, Stupid (via Carlos Valladares for Gagosian Quarterly)
A history of the romantic comedy and a few must-see suggestions.

Filmmaker Michele Civetta Remembers Kevin Turen, His Friend and Indie Maverick (via Michele Civetta for IndieWire)
Honoring the life and career of the X and Euphoria producer.

Why 2023 Was the Year Indigenous Stories Finally Broke Through in Hollywood (via Kate Nelson for W Magazine)
From Reservation Dogs to Killers of the Flower Moon and beyond.

How Much Does Accent Accuracy Matter in Film? (via Kayleigh Donaldson for Pajiba)
Was Napoleon from the San Fernando Valley? No, but his accent is.

How Bradley Cooper Nailed the Conducting Scene at the Heart of Maestro (via Chris Cohen for GQ)
Meet the film’s conducting consultant.


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

Behind the Lens at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2023 (via Lauren Wissot for Filmmaker Magazine)
Filmmaker Mag recaps SAGindie’s Behind the Lens panel at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival.

Filmmaker Interview: Billy Luther, writer/director of Frybread Face and Me
We talked to the filmmaker behind the new Native American dramedy.

2023 Gotham Awards Winners
The projects and people who took home the gold (?) at the Gothams!


A video worth watching

Ladies and gentlemen, Adam Driver (via @adamdrivercentl)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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