Because we value and celebrate independence (of the cinematic variety as well as the “from the British circa 1776” variety), we’ll be off tomorrow to observe the Third (and Fourth) of July. So while you’re cooking out and setting off fireworks (though, really California? Is that a good idea? Our state is basically made of tumbleweeds and flint right now), you may find you have some time to slip away and catch up on the (shortened) week’s best news stories and blogs for filmmakers and actors. Happy Indie Day!

Good Reads for the week of June 29, 2015

7 Tips for Location Shooting on a Budget (via Scott Brown for Indiewire)
Although especially this week, your location should be AMERICA.

The truth about piracy and indie film (via Joey Keaton for The Daily Dot)
The Balls Out filmmakers talk about getting their movie pirated online. Not cool, pirates.

IMDb and Sundance Recharge Withoutabox for Sundance 2016 (via Anne Thompson for Thompson on Hollywood)
The O.G. film fest submission service gets a much-needed revamp.

Mastering the Mysteries of Directing Actors (via Lorena Alvarado for Film Independent)
Yes, after you hire your actors you still need to talk to them. Check out these tips.

Parker Posey’s Offbeat Glamour (via Michael Schulman for The New York Times)
Catching up with the “indie film queen” of the ’90s.


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

Notice to Low-Budget Producers
SAG-AFTRA’s updated low-budget agreements went into effect July 1. Read up on it.

SAGindie’s July Movie Picks
You just knew Darrien had to choose Magic Mike XXL.


A video worth watching

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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