As we head into another weekend, we once again have gathered some must-read material for those interested in films, filmmaking, acting, and the occassional entertainment industry thinkpiece. That’s how we do (on Fridays, specifically).


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of July 24, 2017)

How a cop-turned-filmmaker explores the emotional shrapnel of violence (via Donna Vickroy for Chicago Tribune)
Actor/screenwriter Joe Gandurski looked to his last job – police officer – as inspiration for his new indie film.

The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2017 (via MovieMaker Magazine)
Add a new festival to your list of where to submit/attend.

Higher Ground – A Producer’s Guide To High Dynamic Range (HDR) (via Debra Kaufman for Produced By)
All the answers to your HDR deliverables questions.

The New Rules For Making It In Hollywood (via Zach Baron for GQ)
For young actors looking to make it big, Instagram followers can be just as important as… you know, talent.

How an Orthodox Jew Became an Unorthodox Film Star (via Abraham Riesman for Vulture)
Meet Menashe Lustig, the most unlikely leading man of the year.

He Gave David Lynch His Start. Now, at 82, He’s a New Director. (via John Anderson for The New York Times)
The late-stage career shift for former producer/distributor Ben Barenholtz.

Steven Soderbergh’s New Movie Writer Likely Doesn’t Exist (via Tatiana Siegel for The Hollywood Reporter)
A good old fashioned Hollywood mystery!

UPDATED to include:
Navigating Your Story: Salva Rubio on Save the Cat Goes to the Indies (via Brianne Hogan for Creative Screenwriting)
A new book explores the common threads of indie film screenplays.

Budgeting for a new shoot? Use these 10 tips to fight production inflation. (via GreenSlate)
How to manage costs like a pro.


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

Politics As Usual: An interview with Thank You For Smoking‘s Co-Producer Mindy Marin and Writer/Director Jason Reitman
From the indieBlog Archive: Inside the making-of Reitman’s directorial debut, and how they pulled off casting Robert Duvall.


New Releases

Movies from our July Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Who wouldn’t want indie film career advice from Mark Duplass and Emily Best?! (via Seed&Spark)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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