We hope you have a beautifully lazy Labor Day Weekend, with only minimal amounts of work to do around the house. But know what doesn’t feel like work? Reading stories from the past week about the film industry! Celebrate the holiday (brought to you by labor unions!) in style with this week’s good reads.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of August 27, 2018)

Ben Dickey: The Man Who Would Be Blaze (via Joe Gross for Rolling Stone)
The 41-year-old country singer on becoming a leading man in Ethan Hawke’s Sundance biopic.

Back To School: A Fandor Introduction To Filmmaking (via Matt Maraynes for Fandor)
A video tutorial collection on the many aspects of the moviemaking game.

Show Me the Money! (via Rebecca Green for Dear Producer)
You want to know who is financing low-budget indie films? Here’s a list!

Killer Babies, Winged Serpents, and the Hammer: The Guerrilla Genius of B-Movie Maestro Larry Cohen (via Keith Phipps for The Ringer)
The mad mind behind Black Caesar, It’s Alive!, and Original Gangsters.

Five female directors, many stories: A conversation on filmmaking, Netflix and more (via Mark Olsen for Los Angeles Times)
A chat with Haifaa al-Mansour, Susanne Bier, Sara Colangelo, Nicole Holofcener, and Tamara Jenkins.

The Insane Story Behind Orson Welles’ Final Film: Porn, Dwarfs, and the Shah of Iran (via Marlow Stern for The Daily Beast)
It’s all right there in the headline, really.

The 10 Profiles of Indie Cinema Lovers (via Film Independent)
A guest post from The Film Agency about the types of people who support indie film, and how to market to them.

The Village Voice Ends Its Sixty-Three-Year Run (via David Hudson for The Criterion Collection)
An obit for the alt-weekly and a dive into its legacy of film criticism.

50 Movies to Stream on Labor Day, Beyond Just Norma Rae (via K. Austin Collins for Vanity Fair)
Watch some movies about the working man (and woman).


New Releases

Movies from our August Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

What these Chicago teenagers did on their summer vacation: Got paid to make movies! (via CBS Chicago)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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