Even though a study came out this week that young’ns apparently don’t read anymore, it has been such a busy week on the film front that we’re going to keep forging ahead with our weekly list of recommended reading anyway. You’re welcome, old people who still read!
We’ll be hitting the Spirit Awards on Saturday (expect a recap later this week), and there’s also some other awards thing happening on Sunday, so before you start placing all your awards-show bets, enjoy these writings about the current state of the film industry.
This Week’s Good Reads (Week of February 22, 2016)
Stand Up Comic Faces 5 Years in Prison for Independent Film (via The Interrobang)
The dangers of not getting your permits.
Horace and Pete, or How Louis CK Saved Cinema with a Goddamn Web Series (via Stephen Cone for The Talkhouse)
High praise for CK’s form-bending web series.
A Hollywood Agent Explains How Negotiations Work And Why Actresses Get Paid Less
(via Jen Chaney for Cosmopolitan)
An inside seat at the negotiating table.
What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood* (*If you’re not a straight white man.)
(via Melena Ryzik for The New York Times)
Actors, filmmakers, and execs all chime in.
The Oscar Campaign That Changed Everything for Indies (via Bruce Feldman for The Hollywood Reporter)
How Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Trip to Bountiful broke new ground for indies at the Oscars.
Why Short Films Are Still Thriving (via Katharine Schwab for The Atlantic)
How the internet and film fests have kept the short film format relevant.
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The Original Six: The Story of Hollywood’s Forgotten Feminist Crusaders (via Rachel Syme for Pacific Standard)
Tracking down the women who were silenced for challenging Hollywood’s patriarchy in the ’80s.
A video worth watching
How is Hollywood Whitewashing still a thing? (via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?
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