Another week of summer, another week of film industry news and opinions. Much like last week’s good reads, this week had a healthy dose of Steven-Soderbergh-comeback-coverage (via Deadline, The Frame, The New York Times, Film School Rejects, and Fandor). And also like last week, we’ve looked beyond the Soderbergh stories to bring you other helpful links for film-savvy readers.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of August 7, 2017)

SAG-AFTRA Members Vote to Approve 2017 TV/Theatrical Contracts (via SAG-AFTRA)
Details on the new theatrical and TV contracts.

Seducing Robert Pattinson (via Carl Swanson for Vulture)
How microbudget filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie landed their Good Time leading man.

What You Wear to Make a Movie (via Chandler Levack for TIFF)
Forget lenses and locations. What clothes should a director wear to set?

Relative Success in Hollywood (via Joshua Caldwell for Medium)
How to determine whether you’ve “made it.”

Seattle Indie Filmmakers Explain Why Amazon Video Direct Beats YouTube for Self-Distribution (via Julia Raban for The Stranger)
Filmmakers Kris and Lindy Boustedt share their preferred self-distribution method.

On Miami and the Moonlight effect (via Travolta Cooper for Shadow and Act)
How the Best Picture Winner and local organizations are growing Miami’s film scene.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Jim Strouse, writer/director of The Incredible Jessica James
The screenwriter/director talked to us about writing a starring role for Jessica Williams in the new Netflix comedy film.

Indies and the Law: An interview with Entertainment Lawyer and Film Rep Mark Litwak
From the indieBlog archives: Our Q&A with an entertainment lawyer to help keep you and your film protected.


New Releases

Movies from our August Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Sundance NEXT Fest gives United Artsists the drunk history treatment (via Sundance)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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