This week wrapped up the Los Angeles Film Festival (check out pics from our LAFF events here). Thanks again to everyone who came out to our party and panel!

While you spend this weekend playing catch with dad (that’s still a thing, right?), you can share with him all the happenings of the film industry by catching up on these handy reads.

Good Reads for the week of June 15, 2015

The Sundance film is nothing but an empty aesthetic (via Calum Marsh for National Post)
Why the stereotype of the “quirky Sundance movie” oversimplifies the festival’s legacy.

Double Or Nothing: An Oral History of Love & Basketball (via Lucy McCalmont for The Huffington Post)
Cast and crew reminisce on the fifteenth(!) anniversary of the ultimate indie sports-romance.

Burying the Dinosaurs: Why Blockbuster Directors Need to Change (via Jessica Ritchey for Balder & Dash)
In light of Jurassic World making all the money ever, why studios should open their tentpole doors to female directors.

These Filmmakers Turned a 2-Minute YouTube Video Into a Feature Film
(via Stephen Dypiangco & Patrick Epino for Indiewire)
Advice on tackling both the New Media and Feature worlds.

How The Orchard Became the Hot Film Distributor of 2015 (via Ramin Setoodeh for Variety)
How a music sales company is making its mark in indie film.

Real Talk with Mark Ruffalo: On Manic Depression, Bernie Sanders, and Sexism
(via Marlow Stern for The Daily Beast)
Ruffalo proves he’s one of those actors who will talk about anything.

Like Sundance in Brooklyn, Except Better (via Richard Brody for The New Yorker)
A look at the breakout indie films of BAMcinemaFest.

UPDATED to include:
Stop Telling Me to Turn My Brain Off During Movies (via Matt Singer for ScreenCrush)
An argument to set your movie standards a bit higher than “enjoyable if you don’t think about it.”


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

2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Recap
The winners, photos, and more fun from LAFF 2015.


A video worth watching

Helen Mirren calling out Hollywood sexism. And saying the F word:

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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