Welcome to 2016! A new year full of promise, hope, movies, and El Niño. We have emerged from our holiday haze and hit the ground running, collecting some of the best articles, thinkpieces, and blogs from the past week’s entertainment industry news cycle.

So kick off 2016 like a baller – by reading!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of January 4, 2016)

State Of The Indiestry: 2015 Becomes 2016 (via Mike S. Ryan for Hammer to Nail)
Producer Ryan’s (strong) opinion on the current state of the indie film industry.

Five New Year’s Resolutions For The Distinguished Film Nerd (via Matthew Monagle for Film School Rejects)
And no, we won’t be surprised if you give up a week into February.

Has Hollywood Learned Anything About Diversity? (via David Sims for The Atlantic)
Are the gains made in 2015 a two-steps-forward, one-step-back situation?

Why Moviemakers Should be Very, Very Careful About Equity Crowdfunding
(via David Albert Pierce, Esq. for MovieMaker Magazine)
Before you get sued by your investors, read this.

What Does a 21st Century Film School Look Like? Part One and Part 2 (via Chris O’Falt for Indiewire)
A deeper look at some new-school film schools.

Hateful Eight Producer on Piracy: ‘Aspirin Ain’t Curing the Plague’
(via Richard Gladstein for The Hollywood Reporter)
In the wake of a massive leak of his film, a producer’s take on piracy.


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

SAGindie’s Favorite Films of 2015
See which movies topped our own personal end-of-year lists.


A video worth watching

Inside a film-appreciation program for prison inmates (via Tribeca)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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