Welcome to 2017! We survived the holidays and have entered a new year. Time for new beginnings, soon-to-be-discarded resolutions, Hollyweed signs, and a new weekly crop of entertainment industry journalism!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of January 2, 2017)

How to Empower Yourself and Make Your Movie Your Way (via Daniel Myrick for The Talkhouse)
The director of The Blair Witch Project‘s advice for filmmaking on your own terms.

From Bittersweet Childhoods to Moonlight (via Nikole Hannah-Jones for The New York Times)
The parallel lives of director Barry Jenkins and screenwriter Tarell McCraney.

The Problem with the iPhone’s Rumored New “Theater Mode” (via Tom Philip for GQ)
Opinion #1: Using your phone during a movie is pure evil.

The iPhone’s “Theater Mode” Might Actually Be Good for Movies (via Sam Adams for Slate)
Opinion #2: Maybe not?

Will Hollywood ever end its love affair with guns? (via Xan Brooks for The Guardian)
With high-profile filmmakers and actors publicly advocating for gun control, will their movies ever follow suit?

12 Do’s and Don’ts for Maintaining Your Lenses (via Matthew Duclos for No Film School)
Tips on how to love your lenses.

If You Live Outside Of Hollywood, January Is The Best Month For Movies (via Scott Mendelson for Forbes)
A month when limited releases finally get a little less limited.


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

This Year’s Good Reads (2016)
Journalistic highlights from 2016.

SAGindie’s Favorite Films of 2016
Cinematic highlights from 2016.


A video worth watching

If you thought 2016 was a horror, here’s the movie trailer for you (via Friend Dog Studios)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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