We hope you all had a lovely week (you know, Valentine’s Day and everything). To show our love for you, we dug through the deepest (legal) depths of the internet to find some of the week’s most interesting articles, interviews, and news about filmmaking and the movie industry. Enjoy!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of February 13, 2017)

The wild, untold story of The Good Life (via Christopher McKittrick for Little White Lies)
How a star-studded ’90s indie film went off the rails.

Why did I name it “Dear White People?” (via Justin Simien for Medium)
When your movie title gets you accused of “reverse-racism,” what’s a filmmaker to do? Blog about it.

6 Steps Actors Can Take To Make Their Own Short Film (via Joseph Arnone for Monologue Blogger)
How to take short filmmaking into your own hands.

Why Make a Microbudget Film? Five Questions for Director Paul Harrill on the Virtues of Ultra-Low Budgets (via Scott Macaulay for Filmmaker Magazine)
Lessons from the man literally teaching the class on micro budgets.

Alice Lowe: “It wasn’t part of the plan to direct while pregnant” (via Katie Puckrik for The Guardian)
How to make a movie while a human is growing inside your body.

Totally Tubular: The Enduring Charm of Valley Girl (via Carman Tse for LAist)
A look back at the low-budget teen film that capitalized on slang, launched Nicolas Cage, and (additional fun fact) put the wrong actress on the poster.

64-year-old stunt pilot plays teenage girl in movie? Really? (via Sue Tone for The Daily Courier)
When on-set safety is on the line, sometimes an old man needs to dress up like a 16-year-old girl.


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

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2017
Week Three of DCU2017 continues with Denis Villeneuve on the making-of Arrival.


A video worth watching

Alamo Drafthouse and Kodak join forces to celebrate 35mm film (via Alamo Drafthouse)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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