This has been an eventful week in news, what with the Supreme Court being all progressive and stuff. So we can’t really blame you if you missed some of the film news that circulated over the last seven days. Fear not, because we’ve collected some of the best movie news and writing from the week for your reading pleasure.

Good Reads for the week of June 22, 2015

An epic history of the movie trailer (via Matthew Schimkowitz for Hopes & Fears)
From the first filmed advertisement (solve racism by smoking!) to “In a world…”

Filmmaker Survey: What’s the Hardest Thing About Making Movies Today? (via Paula Bernstein for Indiewire)
Karyn Kusama, Todd Rohal, and more chime in on filmmaking’s biggest headaches.

A Guide to Independent Film Distribution in the 21st Century (via Tom Sveen for Film Independent)
Real-world advice from film buyers and distributors.

Thoughts on the Power of Jaws (via Brian Collins for Birth. Movies. Death.)
Seeing Jaws on the big screen with first-timers. Will slacker tweens appreciate it?

An Indie Guide to Designating Efficient Crew Positions (via Paul Osborne for MovieMaker Magazine)
Vital reading on who to hire and why.

Rose McGowan doubles down on criticizing Hollywood sexism, tells critics to “bring it”
(via Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya for The A.V. Club)
Rose throws down.

Acting Coaches and Rehearsals: YouTube Stars Are Getting Movie-World Lessons
(via Lorne Manly for The New York Times)
How to go from viral video star to professional movie actor.


A video worth watching

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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