This weekend brings us to Texas for SXSW – but while we dust off our cowboy boots and get ready to host our Filmmaker Happy Hour and man our Trade Show booth (#119!), we still took the time to gather some of this past week’s most interesting film industry-related reads.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of March 6, 2017)

Why You Need To Pay Attention To This New IMDB Rating (via Natalie Gil for Refinery29)
Your film getting an “F” rating can now be a good thing.

Portraits of Young Filmmakers Changing the Game (via Nathanael Turner and Nathan Bajar for Vice)
Photos (and interviews) with a crop of indie filmmaking breakouts.

The Digital Black Market: How A Festival Used Copyright Laws To Sell The Films It Screened (via Chris O’Falt for IndieWire)
An investigation into how filmmakers’ movies went up for sale online – without their permission.

BidSlate Puts Distribution Power Back in Filmmakers’ Hands (via Emily Buder for No Film School)
Inside a new online marketplace for film sales.

Beyond A24: How Hip New Distributors Are Targeting Millennial Tastemakers With Bold Films (via Eric Kohn for IndieWire)
The new indie distributors on the block.

Robert Rodriguez and Rebel Filmmaking (via Chris Coffel for Film School Rejects)
Revisiting how the filmmaking Texan broke into the indie film world on his own terms.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Heidi Saman, writer/director/producer of Namour
We interviewed the winner of LA Film Fest’s LA Muse Award winner about her debut feature film.


New Releases

Movies from our March Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

RIP Robert Osborne (via TCM)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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