Life is busy. Life is complicated. Sometimes you don’t have the time or energy to scour the internet for articles about filmmaking and the current state of the entertainment industry. So we’re making it easier on you by collecting some good reads from the week below.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of August 5, 2019)

Is hiring a first-time director a risk? (via Stephen Follows)
To hire a newby or not to hire a newby… What do the numbers say?

Rock ‘n’ Roll High at 40: How the Ramones and a Rebellious Female Lead Invaded Theaters (via Raj Tawney for Variety)
Celebrating Roger Corman’s teen punk cult classic.

13 Moviemakers On The Joys and Perils of Making Short Films (via Carlos Aguilar for MovieMaker Magazine)
A survey from the 2019 Palm Springs ShortFest.

How Toni Morrison and Oprah Winfrey brought Beloved to the big-screen — and built a friendship along the way (via Suzy Byrne for Yahoo! Entertainment)
The late Pulitzer Prize-winner bonded with the daytime talk queen through moviemaking.

BAFTA Adds Film and Television Casting Awards, Will Oscars Be Next? (via Christian Zilko for IndieWire)
With David Rubin becoming the Academy’s new president, will his fellow casting directors finally get an award of their own?

Easy Rider at 50: How they put together that groundbreaking soundtrack (via Tim Greiving for Los Angeles Times)
Inside the birth of the rock and roll soundtrack.


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

Movies & Music Profile: Music Supervisor Mike Turner
Speaking of soundtracks! Learn about music supervising from the man behind the tunes of Under the Silver Lake and Mapplethorpe.

Stowe Story Labs 2019 SAGindie Fellow Announced
Congrats, Shilpa Sunthankar!


New Releases

Movies from our August Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

A Roger Ebert/Martin Scorsese/Fargo lovefest (h/t @RealEOC)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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