It’s Spirit Awards weekend! (Also, Oscar weekend but that’s a little highfalutin for us). While SAGindie’s Darrien and Eliza are holding down the fort (tent) Saturday at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards – which you can watch live on IFC – the rest of us will be reading film industry news highlights from the past week.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of February 26, 2018)

You never forget your kids’ first John Waters movie (via Gwen Ihnat for The A.V. Club)
Celebrating Hairspray‘s 30th Anniversary with the whole family.

Hollywood’s Indie Film Industry Is Still Waiting For A Dose Of #MeToo (via Jed Gottlieb for Quartzy)
Harassment stories from the low-budget world.

5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Film Collective (and How to Do it) (via Kelly Bachman for No Film School)
Even in filmmaking, there are strength in numbers.

How Greta Gerwig Is Leading by Example (via Eliza Berman for Time)
From the mumblecore movement to the cover of TIME Magazine.

Taking Note: The Film Industry’s Contributions to National and State Economics (via Bonnie Nichols for Art Works Blog)
The National Endowment for the Arts’ blog on film’s influence on the economy.

The creator of #OscarsSoWhite is launching a new site to help Hollywood find POC talent (via Chauncey Alcorn for Mic)
A new database to combat whitewashing.

NoBudge, a One-Man Independent Film Factory (via Glenn Kenny for The New York Times)
The DIY empire of actor/filmmaker Kentucker Audley.


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

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2018
A recap of Night 4’s Directors Roundable, with Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Chloé Zhao (The Rider), and the Safdie Brothers (Good Time).

SAGindie’s March ’18 Movie Picks
A new month of movies, a new list of our staff’s must-sees.


New Releases

Movies from our March Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Wishing Kevin Smith a quick recovery! (via Facebook)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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