It’s the weekend. It’s summer. You don’t have time to be searching through “interesting film industry-related articles from this week” Google results that keep trying to make you read about a Sony-Marvel-Spider-Man feud. That’s why we’ve done the scrolling and curation for you.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of August 19, 2019)

(Un)happy Partners: On Jazz and Independent Film (via Daniel Felsenthal for Los Angeles Review of Books)
How early indies from Shirley Clarke and John Cassavetes compare to the rule-breaking music genre.

Peter Fonda: Free to Ride (via David Hudson for The Criterion Collection)
Remembering the Easy Rider and Ulee’s Gold star.

The Story Of Richard Williams And His Unfinished Fairy Tale, The Thief And The Cobbler (via Simon Abrams for
The Roger Rabbit animator and his never-completed masterpiece.

Bird Runningwater Spotlights Importance of Indigenous Filmmakers and Stories (via Kevin C. Vestal for The Chautauquan Daily)
A history of Sundance’s Native program from the man who help found it.

A Film Career Built on Videotape (Sex and Lies, Too) (via Amy Nicholson for The New York Times)
How 24-year-old Steven Soderbergh turned his philandering quarter-life-crisis into his breakout indie Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

aGLIFF Honoree Rose Troche Looks Back at Go Fish (via Sarah Marloff for The Austin Chronicle)
The director talks about her groundbreaking lesbian love story.

The F(ill)maker: On Making Movies While Chronically Ill (via Anonymous for cléo)
Juggling film production, chronic pain, doctor visits, and more.


New Releases

Movies from our August Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

The Farewell writer/director Lulu Wang breaks down her script – and talks about translating it into Mandarin (via Vanity Fair)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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