Life is busy – you’re getting ready for fall, browsing the new Black Film Archive, and doing a lot of research about the vaccine’s effect on a rapper’s cousin’s friend’s anatomy. 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 (September 2021)

In Praise Of Movies That Just End (Because They Used To Know When To End) (via Mike Ryan for Uproxx)
When movie dénouements were fast and furious.

On My 25 Years in Lars von Trier’s World (via Siobhan Fallon Hogan for Talkhouse)
What the SNL alum learned from working with the Danish auteur.

Re-Introducing Warhol (via Ruairí McCann and Maximilien Luc Proctor for Ultra Dogme)
A dossier on the film works of Andy Warhol.

40 Essential Latinx Films to Watch Year-Round (via Gabriela Burgos, Ana Sofía Cintrón, Josie Meléndez, and Juan Mojica for Elle)
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with some great películas.

“The Mafia of the Acting World”: Hollywood’s Secret Loop Groups (via Joel Stein for The Hollywood Reporter)
The ultra-competitive world of background voice acting.

The Marvelous Mr. John Waters (via Mike Albo and Town & Country)
Going down career memory lane with the Pope of Trash.

Joanna Hogg, Lynne Ramsay, Terence Davies and More Look Back at Their NFTS Shorts (via Nikki Baughan and Wendy Mitchell for Screen Daily)
National Film and Television School alumni reflect on their student films.

Big Night and the Complexity of Perfection (via Roxana Hadadi for Crooked Marquee)
It’s been 30 years since the release of Italian restaurant indie Big Night.

IATSE Members Brace for Possible Strike: ‘There’s No Logical Reason to Work Crews to Death’ (via Jazz Tangcay for Variety)
Crew-members are pushing back against current working conditions.

A Fond Farewell from Bird Runningwater, Reflecting on 20 Years at the Sundance Institute (via Bird Runningwater for Sundance Instiutute)
The leader of the Indigenous Film Program exits Sundance.

The New Yorker Writers and Editors Who Inspired The French Dispatch (via Erin Overbey for The New Yorker)
Wes Anderson talks with the magazine that inspired his new film.

First Mrs. Maisel, Now Joan Rivers. Why Hollywood’s Jewish Women Are Rarely Played by Jewish Actors (via Sarah Seltzer for Time)
A casting blind spot comes to light.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: A Reminder That Boldness and Failure Are Key Elements in Queer Work (via Dino Bonačić for WePresent)
Celebrating the cultural legacy of the cult classic 20 years later.

Creative Artists Agency to Buy ICM Partners in Landmark Deal (via Wendy Lee for Los Angeles Times)
The Big Four agencies could become the Big Three in this age of giant mergers.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Jonah Feingold, writer/director/producer of Dating & New York
We talked to the man behind a new rom-com about making an indie within his favorite genre.

RIP to a Baadasssss
Paying tribute to iconic actor/filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, who ushered in the Blaxploitation movement.


A video worth watching

Remembering Michael K. Williams (h/t @johngermany)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this month?


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