We’re sure you’ll be raging this weekend celebrating President’s Day by… doing whatever you do to celebrate President’s Day (watching old State of the Union speeches on YouTube? Reciting that “all the Presidents in order” song you learned in grade school? Buying mattresses?) Either way, you may have an extra day this weekend, which means extra time for reading up on this week’s good reads for filmmakers, actors, and cinephiles.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of February 12, 2018)

How Hollywood Salaries Really Work (via Margaret Heidenry for Vanity Fair)
The determining factors (and histories) of an actor’s “worth.”

Eric Garcetti and Ava DuVernay launch diversity initiative for entertainment industry (via David Ng for Los Angeles Times)
The mayor of L.A. joins forces with filmmakers.

Film Poll: The Year in Performative Distribution (via Jason Bailey for The Village Voice)
The growing divide between the Call Me By Your Names and Brights of the distribution world.

Cinestate Acquires Fangoria, the Magazine and Movie Imprint for Horror Fans (via Lyndsay Knecht for D Magazine)
The return of a movie geek tome.

What It Was Like to Attend the First Academy Awards (via Art & Science)
Take a time machine to the O.G. Oscars (before they were called Oscars).

Chinese New Year: Man’s Best Friend (via RogerEbert.com)
In honor of the Year of the Dog, Ebert editors picked their favorite movie pooches.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Sophie Brooks, writer/director of The Boy Downstairs
We talked filmmaking and rom-coms with screenwriter and director Sophie Brooks.

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2018
A recap of Night 2, all about screenwriting.


A video worth watching

Some pre-production wisdom from filmmakers – including SAGindie’s Michael Sladek! (via SAG-AFTRA Foundation)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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