Life is busy – scarily… spookily… oooookily busy. It can be tough to stay up-to-date on all 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 2022)

Without These Latino Composers, Hollywood Wouldn’t Sound the Same (via Mandalit del Barco for NPR)
The Latinx impact on film scoring.

No One in Hollywood Wanted to Make Barbarian (via Chris Lee for Vulture)
The rocky road to producing the breakout low-budget horror hit.

The Unexpected Power of Seeing Yourself as a Villain (via Mary Retta for The Atlantic)
Embracing anxieties and identities via horror movie villains.

R.I.P. Nikki Finke: An Appreciation Of A Fierce Game-Changer (via Pete Hammond for Deadline)
Remembering the feared and mysterious woman who brought entertainment journalism to the internet.

Walter Hill on The Warriors and Still Making Westerns at 80 (via Vadim Rizov for Metrograph)
Talking about the past (and current) works of the 60-year filmmaking veteran.

Lena Dunham Is Back in Her Comfort Zone As a Movie Director (via Alison Herman for The Ringer)
Twelve years after her last movie, the filmmaker/anger-inducer returns to feature directing with back-to-back films.

Renting Your Home As a Film Location May Pay Off Big Time. But Is It Worth the Risk? (via Rachel Schnalzer for Los Angeles Times)
The pros and cons of letting someone film in your house.

The Closure of Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh International Film Festival: What It Means to Me (via Mark Carnochan for The Film Magazine)
A personal reflection on the loss of the world’s longest continually-running film festival.

Sundance Film Festival Cancels Plans for New Frontier Program in 2023 (via Eric Kohn for IndieWire)
More changes coming Sundance’s way.

The Bruce Willis Deepfake Is Everyone’s Problem (via Will Bedingfield for Wired)
Who owns an actor’s likeness?

Anna May Wong: The Legacy of a Groundbreaking Asian American Star (via Pamela Hutchinson for The Guardian)
Meet the first Asian woman to appear on U.S. currency.

The 100-Year Stain of Nanook of the North (via Adam Piron for Documentary Magazine)
Looking at the problematic legacy of a legendary documentary.

X and Pearl Director Ti West Is Making the Most Shocking Horror Trilogy… Maybe, Ever (via Evan Romano for Men’s Health)
Why make one movie when you can make three movies?

25 New Faces of Film 2022 (via Filmmaker Magazine)
Meet a new crop of emerging filmmakers.


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

Filmmaker Interview: actor/writer/producer Michael Tennant and actor/producer Britt Rentschler of Pretty Problems
Talking to the actor/writer/producers about making an indie movie with their friends.

Stowe Story Labs SAGindie Fellowship
A new application season is open for the Stowe Story Labs and our SAGindie Fellowship for filmmakers of color!

2022 Gotham Awards Nominees
Nominees have been announced for The Gotham’s annual awards show.


A video worth watching

An architect reviews horror movie houses (via Architectural Digest)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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