This long Labor Day Weekend makes it official: Summer is over. So while you pack away your sunscreen (unless you live in California) and pull out your sweaters (unless you live in California) and close up your swimming pools (unless you… you get the idea), take some time to reflect on the past week’s most interesting film-industry-related internet reads. We know you’re not supposed to work on Labor Day but c’mon, reading is barely work (unless you’re… illiterate).

We’ll see you all on Tuesday. Happy Labor Day!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of August 29, 2016)

The Side Of Hollywood You Never Hear About (via Pamela Romanowsky for Refinery29)
That awkward moment when a crew member won’t believe you’re the director because you’re a woman.

Why Movies Still Matter (via Richard Brody for The New Yorker)
Do they matter to you? Then yes, they still matter.

Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere. (via Mike Birbiglia for The New York Times)
The Don’t Think Twice filmmaker/star on how to succeed on small terms.

Play-Doh, Red Meat & Flatulence: Swiss Army Man‘s Foley Secrets (via Matt Mulcahey for Cinema Thread)
Behind-the-scenes sound design from the Sundance hit. (So many fart noises.)

’80s Kids Had It Good: Why Finding New Horror Is Exponentially Harder For Younger Generations (via BJ Colangelo for Blumhouse)
RIP, endless aisles of terrifyingly-drawn VHS cover art.

What Filmmakers Need to Know About Indie Film Distribution in 2016 (via Paula Bernstein for Filmmaker Magazine)
Distribution insight from a distributor, Drafthouse Films’ James Shapiro.

Filmmaker to Filmmaker: We Need to Talk About Distribution (via Liz Manashil for Sundance Institute)
Distribution insight from a filmmaker, Bread and Butter‘s Liz Manashil.

A Massive List of Fall 2016 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About (via Oakley Anderson-Moore for No Film School)
Vital reading for cash-strapped filmmakers!


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

Turning Your Student Film Into a Full-Length Feature
Natural Selection filmmaker Chad L. Scheifele’s advice for young filmmakers.

SAGindie’s September Movie Picks
Our staff’s must-see movies for the upcoming month.


New Releases

Movies from our September Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

The Spike Jonze-directed perfume commercial everyone’s been talking about… the only perfume commercial anyone’s been talking about? (via Kenzo)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?

If you’re an independent filmmaker or know of an independent film-related topic we should write about, email for consideration.

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