This week saw the announcement of two great filmmaking program lineups (both of which we will be a part of in the coming weeks/months): The 2018 Sundance Creative Producing Labs/Summit and the 2018 IFP Week Project Forum. So while you reach out to congratulate all of the participating filmmakers, you can also take some time to read more film industry news and advice below.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of July 23, 2018)

How to Get Your Film Funded with New Tax Law (via Carole Dean for From The Heart Productions)
A look at some hidden new tax laws that could benefit filmmakers.

Queen of the Mockumentary: My life in Christopher Guest movies (via Parker Posey for Vulture)
Behind-the-scenes tales from Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and more.

The story of Stanley Kubrick’s go-to problem-solver (via Cian Traynor for Huck)
Leon Vitali’s journey from up-and-coming actor to Kubrick’s right-hand man.

The formula for box office success: Scientists checked 6,147 movie scripts and discovered the emotional arc in The Godfather is the most financially successful (via Phoebe Weston for Daily Mail)
Here are all the answers to your problems, screenwriters!

You Need to See Girlfriends, the First Film to Really Tackle Female Friendship (via Elyssa Goodman for Vice)
Revisiting the 1978 indie film beloved by Greta Gerwig, Lena Dunham, and (yes, really) Stanley Kubrick.

Learn Why These Three Types of Attorneys Will Give Your Production a Boost, and How To Pick Them (via David Albert Pierce, Esq. for MovieMaker Magazine)
How to find which kind of lawyer is right for your movie.

How Georgia Became the Hollywood of the South: TIME Goes Behind the Scenes (via Eliana Dockterman for Time)
A photo series of the film industry’s newest hub.


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

How Much Should You Spend Marketing Your Film?
We highlight Smarthouse Creative’s new calculator tool for figuring out how much your advertising should cost.


New Releases

Movies from our July Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Film critics Richard Brody and Cassie da Costa discuss the tech advances that changed cinema (via The New Yorker)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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