The world is a busy, hectic, overwhelming place. Sometimes you just need to hunker down, take shelter from the snow (or rain – or sun, if you’re in that part of the world) and just read. Well, if reading filmmaking advice and industry news sounds like your kind of self-care, we’ve got you covered.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of February 6, 2017)

10 Best Film Festivals Worth Your Time In 2017 (via Gabriel Ricard for Cultured Vultures)
Recommendations on where to submit your film (or just attend and watch movies).

GLAAD Launches New Grant Program To Promote Diversity (via Amanda N’Duka for Deadline)
Funding opportunities for LGBTQ stories.

From Actor To Producer: Octavia Spencer On The Importance Of Multicultural Storytelling (via Natalie Robehmed for Forbes)
The Oscar-winning actress on her plans to become Hollywood’s next mega-producer.

How to Do the Hustle: Use Craigslist, IMDBPro and Other Job Boards to Jumpstart Your Film Career (via Caleb Hammond for MovieMaker Magazine)
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know – in real life and online!

SAG-AFTRA to Offer Residuals Payments via Direct Deposit for the First Time (via Gregg Kilday for The Hollywood Reporter)
Cashing them checks just got a little easier.

The Craft of Moonlight: How a $1.5 Million Indie Landed Eight Oscar Nominations (via Chris O’Falt for IndieWire)
A limited budget is no match for a visionary cast and crew.

L.A. City Attorney Files Charges Against Casting Companies For ‘Pay-To-Play’ System (via Tim Loc for LAist)
Don’t get scammed by so-called casting experts.

Boogie Nights: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Priceless 155-Minute Film School (via Cinephilia & Beyond)
Everything you ever wanted to know about Dirk Diggler but were too afraid to ask.


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

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2017
Week Two of DCU2017 went behind-the-scenes of Kubo and the Two Strings.


A video worth watching

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney to host the 2017 Spirit Awards (via IFC)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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