Sundance 2016 proved to be a snowy, record-breaking, and farty affair. We’ll have a full recap for you in the days to come (but first Darrien will be making a pit-stop at the SAG Awards this Saturday), so before we ramble on and on about our wonderful time in Park City, let’s hear about what else was going on in the film world this past week.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of January 25, 2016)

The Epic Fail of Hollywood’s Hottest Algorithm (via Benjamin Wallace for New York Magazine)
Inside the rise and fall of Relativity Media’s “formula” for predicting box-office success.

After Indiegogo Record, Movie Lazer Team Grabs $1M In Pre-Sales As New Distribution Model Unfolds
(via Anita Busch for Deadline)
Breaking down the success of YouTube’s hottest movie.

Working in Hollywood When You’re Not White: Three Players Reveal All
(via Marc Bernardin for The Hollywood Reporter)
Stephanie Allain, Justin Simien, and Alan Yang “reveal all!” (…of their opinions and experiences.)

Unfathomable Life: A Writer Grieves For Her Father, Through Five Movies
(via Jessica Ritchey for
Processing death through a hacker thriller, a horror film, Star Wars, and more.

Max Incentives: Five Best Practice Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Tax Incentives
(via David Albert Pierce, Esq. for MovieMaker Magazine)
A deep dive into the ever-changing world (damn flip-flopping politicians!) of state tax incentives.

Requiem for a Movie Theater (And Maybe All Movie Theaters?) (via Matt Singer for ScreenCrush)
Saying goodbye to New York’s historic Ziegfeld Theater.


A video worth watching

A chat with the casting directors of Spirit Award-nominated films (via SAG-AFTRA Foundation)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?

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