It was another conflict-heavy week in America, where we saw a battle of the celebrity memes (Winona vs. Beyoncé), a battle of the rideshare apps (Uber vs. Lyft), and a battle of the facts (real vs. bullshit); all in preparation for a battle of the sports teams (Super vs. Bowl). But we waded through the controversy and conflict to bring you something we can find common ground on: Reading fascinating news articles and opinion pieces about the film industry.

Have a good weekend and go football/expensive commercials!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of January 30, 2017)

Why Hollywood As We Know It Is Already Over (via Nick Bilton for Vanity Fair)
Cinema is dead (again). So what’s next?

The Rise and Fall of the Digital Bolex, As Told by Its Founder (via Brent L. Zaffino for ShareGrid)
Cinematographer Joe Rubinstein talks inventing a 16mm Alexa, and why it didn’t work out.

Nightmares in the dream factory: how Hollywood scams would-be child stars (via Rory Carroll for The Guardian)
Read this before shoving your baby into the spotlight.

Garden State taught the indie kids to share (via Erik Adams for The A.V. Club)
One twee indie film soundtrack to rule them all.

Directors From Sundance on What Happened Next (via Melena Ryzik for The New York Times)
How filmmakers Justin Simien, Sara Colangelo, and Kat Candler dealt with their Park City glory.

Cancel the Oscars (via Todd VanDerWerff for Vox)
Should liberal Hollywood pop its most glamorous bubble in the name of protest?

Your annual reminder that Hollywood is still a male-dominated nightmare (via Isha Aran for Fusion)
The studies are in, and uggghhhhhhhhh.

A Fifty Shades Cocktail? How Booze Is Becoming the New Popcorn at Movie Theaters (via Pamela McClintock for The Hollywood Reporter)
So were we not always supposed to be drinking at movies?

Forgotten Treasures Of Black Women’s Cinema (via Richard Brody for The New Yorker)
Highlighting some unsung films during Black History Month.

How I Made My First Feature at 16 (via Jack Fessenden for The Talkhouse)
As in, 16 years old. Do they give school credit for that?


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

Sundance 2017 Recap
Our favorite films and moments (plus award-winners!) from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2017
Week One of DCU2017 kicked off with Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris talking Moonlight.


A video worth watching

Talking indie filmmaking with this year’s Spirit Award nominees (via SAG-AFTRA Foundation)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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