We return this week from Sundance, American civilization still standing (…ish?), and while we were gallivanting in Park City, we didn’t slack on collecting some of the week’s most fascinating film industry writing. So in between viewings of the SAG Awards and PGA Awards this weekend – or catching up on the Oscar nominees – see what else is happening in the film world with these good reads.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of January 23, 2017)

What Does an Independent Film Producer Do? (via Gregg LaGambina for CreativeFuture)
An interview with The Yellow Birds producer Jeff Sharp.

Annapurna Continues World Domination With New Distribution Branch (via Siân Melton for Film School Rejects)
Indie film fairy godmother Megan Ellison will start releasing movies too!

Why Amazon beating Netflix to a Best Picture Oscar nomination matters (via Kwame Opam for The Verge)
The greatest movie rivalry since Rocky v. Creed continues.

Passion Projects Like La La Land Make for Great Stories, but Hollywood’s Not Yet Buying It (via Chris Lee for Vanity Fair)
Everything from La La Land to Deadpool have been labeled “passion projects,” but should filmmakers avoid using that phrase?

The Movie With A Thousand Plotlines (via Raffi Khatchadourian for The New Yorker)
Are interactive movies the next big step in filmmaking?

The Hollywood List Everyone Wants to be On (via Alex Wagner for The Atlantic)
Inside the continuing influence of Franklin Leonard’s Black List.

Swing States: With the Ups and Downs of Tax Incentives Across America, Lives and Movies Hang in the Balance (via Peter Weed for MovieMaker Magazine)
Filmmaker tax incentives are in a very rocky state.


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

20th Annual SAGindie Actors Only Brunch at Sundance – Photo Album

20th Annual SAGindie Filmmakers Luncheon at Sundance – Photo Album


A video worth watching

Oh, just Common performing at the Sundance premiere party we sponsored for the film Burning Sands (via Instagram)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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