Life is busy – you’re trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples, realizing how unsanitary it is to bob for apples in this current climate. 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 (October 2021)

Tending the Garden: Why the Unusual Release Plan for Memoria is Good for Film Culture (via Scott Tobias for The Reveal)
The pros of a unique one-theater-at-a-time film release strategy.

Evil Dead Star Bruce Campbell Shares Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from His ‘No Holds Barred’ Horror Classic (via Ethan Alter for Yahoo! Movies)
Ash himself reflects on the legacy of the iconic indie horror.

A Celebration of Indigenous Cinema on Indigenous Peoples’ Day (via Adam Piron for Sundance Institute Blog)
Native filmmakers on the locations and traditions that inspired their projects.

A Screen of One’s Own: Celebrating Artist-Run Cinemas Around the World (via Nicolas Rapold for The Criterion Collection)
A look at filmmaker-run movie theaters, from Richard Linklater’s Austin Film Society to Isabelle Huppert’s Christine Cinema Club.

The Year of the Hybrid: 9 Ways to Make the Most of a Hybrid Festival Premiere (via Dan Mirvish for Filmmaker Magazine)
Not sure if you’re screening in-person or not? Here are some ways to engage your audience regardless.

Wendell B. Harris Jr. on 30 Years of Fighting Hollywood Suppression to Get Chameleon Street in Front of Audiences (via Mitchell Beaupre for The Film Stage)
The winner of the 1990 Sundance Grand Jury Prize is finally seeing a proper release.

Rust Tragedy Reflects Troubling Trends on Movie and TV Sets: ‘We Did This to Ourselves’ (via Cynthia Littleton for Variety)
Detailing some factors that led to the on-set death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Alana Haim Talks to John C. Reilly About Her Life-Changing Acting Debut (via John C. Reilly for Interview Magazine)
The musician-turned-Licorice Pizza star in conversation with the P.T. Anderson regular.

IATSE and Studios Reach Tentative Area Standards Agreement Deal (via Katie Kilkenny for The Hollywood Reporter)
An update on crew contract talks.

Movie History Has Never Been More Accessible, So Why Do Classic Film Fans Still Feel It’s Threatened? (via Christian Blauvelt and Kristen Lopez for IndieWire)
A comprehensive look at our current access to classic films.

Scream Broke All the Rules of Horror — Then Rewrote Them Forever (via Aja Romano for Vox)
Celebrating 25 years of Ghostface.


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

30th Annual Gotham Awards Nominees
The films, performers, and filmmakers up for this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards.


A video worth watching

SAGindie’s Michael Sládek chats with the filmmaker and cast of Untitled Horror Movie (via SAG-AFTRA Foundation)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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