Our friends at IFP made some exciting announcements this week, including their slate of projects for the 2015 Independent Film Week, and also publishing Filmmaker Magazine’s annual list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. So we’re doubling your reading homework for the weekend – browse those lists of projects and filmmakers, but be sure to also check out our own recap of some of the week’s most interesting entertainment industry writing.

Good Reads for the week of July 20, 2015

George Coe, Oscar-Nominated Actor and SAG Activist, Dies at 86 (via Dave McNary for Variety)
RIP to the man who helped create SAG’s first low-budget agreement.

Working Life For An Actor: Occasional Choices And Mostly Random Acts Of Generosity
(via Lorena Alvarado for Film Independent)
Film Independent recaps our Actors Coffee Talk from the LA Film Fest.

Film vs. Digital: Is the Expense of Shooting on Film a Misconception? (via Edward Davee for MovieMaker Magazine)
How much it costs to shoot on film or digital.

YouTubers on the big screen: A look at upcoming digital films with online stars
(via Saba Hamedy for The Los Angeles Times)
New Media celebrities are storming the digital box office. (Ask your kids.)

How An Unlikely Hollywood Juggernaut Came To Rule Netflix (via Jason Tanz for Wired)
A profile of the Duplass Brothers’ rapid rise to indie film dominance (sounds more menacing than it is).

How Cobie Smulders Met Her ‘Unexpected’ Indie-Movie Future (via Phoebe Reilly for Rolling Stone)
The actress talks about going from sitcom to Sundance.

A Letter To A Teenage Girl (via Sophie Monks Kaufman for Little White Lies)
A response to The BBFC’s decision that The Diary of a Teenage Girl is inappropriate for actual teenage girls.


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

Outfest 2015 Recap
The winning films and trans actor panel recap from LA’s LGBT film fest.

8 Big-Budget Directors Who Returned to Low-Budget Filmmaking
How Joss Whedon, Jon Favreau, Kathryn Bigelow, and more went from blockbusters to low budgets.


New Releases

Movies from our list of July Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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