Happy August to you all! The best way to ring in a new month is to read a week’s worth of articles, blogs, and advice about the film industry. Among this week’s highlights: Steven Soderbergh is back and changing the game (at least, according to GQ, The New York Times, IndieWire, and The Atlantic – whew!); and 3D may be finally over.
But there are more good reads from this week for film-makers and fans to enjoy. Click away!
This Week’s Good Reads (Week of July 31, 2017)
Latinos Are Becoming Extinct in Hollywood, Report Shows (via Dennis Romero for LA Weekly)
Discouraging results from a new USC study.
Virtuoso Action Director Lexi Alexander Fights Back Against Hollywood (via Brian Raferty for Wired)
From indie success to superheroes to “movie jail” and back.
What’s So Hard About Casting Indian Actors in Indian Roles? (via Kevin Noble Maillard for The New York Times)
How Taylor Sheridan found his indigenous cast of Wind River.
4 Rules To Financially Protect Your Film With Indie Distributors (via Greg Green for Stage 32)
How to look out for less-than-ideal offers.
Megan Ellison: Can Hollywood’s Millennial Mogul Make It as a Studio Head? (via Kim Masters for The Hollywood Reporter)
Inside Annapurna’s transition from production to distribution.
How Sundance Is Trying to Make Smaller Films Profitable With Self-Distribution (via Chris O’Falt for IndieWire)
With Columbus, the Sundance Institute is exploring a new distribution model.
Why Sam Shepard Has “The Right Stuff” (via Philip Kaufman for Film Comment)
The Right Stuff‘s director reminsces about casting the late Sam Shepard in his Oscar-nominated role.
In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)
Filmmaker Interview: Naomi Scott, producer of Fun Mom Dinner
We talked to the Gettin’ Rad Productions co-founder about putting together a female-led emsemble comedy.
Feeling the Memphis Crunk: An interview with Hustle & Flow producer Stephanie Allain
From the indieBlog archives: Producer Allain on bringing together John Singleton, Terrence Howard, and Three 6 Mafia for the award-winning Hustle & Flow.
Movies from our August Movie Picks out this week:
- The Dark Tower (Columbia Pictures)
- Detroit (Annapurna Distribution)
- Fun Mom Dinner (Momentum Pictures)
- Kidnap (Aviron Pictures)
- Step (Fox Searchlight)
- Wind River (The Weinstein Company)
A video worth watching
The history of the movie title sequence (via Filmmaker IQ)
How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?
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