This weekend will find us celebrating Outfest LA (come hang with us Saturday at the SAGindie/SAG-AFTRA Schmoozefest!), but whether you’re at a film festival, a party, an outing, or just staying in for the weekend, you should read these articles and essays we’ve collected from the past week. They’ll do wonders for your film education!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of July 9, 2018)

The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018 (via MovieMaker Magazine)
Check to see if your favorite film fest made the list.

Attack on Skull Island (via Max Marshall for GQ)
Just your classic story of indie filmmaker becoming a Sundance darling, making a blockbuster franchise flick, moving to a foreign country, almost getting murdered, then teaming up with a journalist to solve the crime.

New ‘Dear Producer’ Website Seeks to Celebrate and Inform (via Matt Warren for Film Independent)
Behind the new site that has quickly become a Good Reads favorite.

Map of the Human Heart: My New York in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and They Came Together (via Vadim Rizov for Oscilloscope Musings)
Highlighting two depictions of NYC in the movies with extremely different geographic accuracies.

Hollywood Scam Alert: How to Protect Yourself (via Rebecca Sun for The Hollywood Reporter)
How to look out for red flags.

Leslie Harris: ‘You just can’t get a film financed with a black woman lead’ (via Kyla Marshell for The Guardian)
Why the director of the Sundance ’93 hit Just Another Girl on the IRT still hasn’t made her follow-up film.

What Is Gus Van Sant Trying to Tell Us? (via Adam Nayman for The Ringer)
Running down the filmography of one of the industry’s most hard-to-pigeonhole directors.


New Releases

Movies from our July Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Pull off your own long-take with this instructive video (via Shutterstock)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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