It’s heating up this weekend, so you may be interested in partaking in some fun “summer” activities like, say, going outside or swimming. However, may we suggest sitting in front of an A.C. unit and reading some highlights from the week in film industry journalism instead? Not environmentally-friendly, but very educational!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of July 15, 2019)

When a Lie Becomes Your Breakout Film (via Shirley Li for The Atlantic)
The story behind Lulu Wang’s The Farewell.

Will the Alamo Drafthouse L.A. be the last stand for movie theaters? (via Mark Olsen for Los Angeles Times)
How will the (belated) addition to the LA movie scene compete with a sagging box office?

How two Vancouver filmmakers are ‘fixing’ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — without permission or authorization (via Calum Marsh for National Post)
When film restoration goes guerrilla.

How Queer Film Festivals Are Thriving In A More Inclusive Hollywood (via Tre’vell Anderson for Out)
As Outfest kicks off in LA, a look at the past and the present of LGBTQ film fests.

My Life as an Unexpected Actress (via Cindy Silver for The Talkhouse)
The teacher-turned-indie-leading-lady (and mother of filmmaker Nathan Silver) talks about her journey to the screen.

How Deaf Women are Demanding a Place in the Industry— and Creating Their Own (via Kaelyn Forde for Cherry Picks)
The Deaf community is ready for more action on both sides of the camera.

Arson at Kyoto Animation Studio takes both a human and artistic toll (via Charles Bramesco for Little White Lies)
A devastating tragedy rocks Japan (and the filmmaking world).


New Releases

Movies from our July Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

(500) Days of Summer came out 10 years ago this week! Join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel for a little rewatch (via Entertainment Weekly)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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