Since Darrien and Eliza are currently busy being the toast of the town tent over at the Cannes Film Festival‘s American Pavilion, we contemplated including both English and French translations for this week’s collection of interesting articles, essays, and blogs about the current state of the film industry. Instead, we linked to them as-is. Sorry. (Or désolé, as they say over there).

Good Reads for the week of May 11, 2015

Do The Right Thing And the Moderate Disavowal of Rioting (via Angelo Muredda for Movie Mezzanine)
Revisiting Spike Lee’s controversial film in the wake of the racial unrest in Baltimore.

A.C.L.U., Citing Bias Against Women, Wants Inquiry Into Hollywood’s Hiring Practices
(via Cara Buckley for The New York Times)
The decades-long problem is finally not being shrugged off so easily.

Getting Into Bed (via Mia Bruno for Seed&Spark)
It’s about distributors. Not sex stuff. But it’s couched in sex stuff. Metaphorically, that is.

6 Reasons Modern Movie CGI Looks Surprisingly Crappy (via David Christopher Bell for Cracked)
Finally an answer as to why 1993’s Jurassic Park still looks better than 2015’s Jurassic World.

Large as Life (via Julie Brister for Slate)
A plus-sized actress’s account of life (and humiliation) in the business.

“It’s On Netflix For Free” (via Fawn Lebowitz for Birth. Movies. Death.)
Does the easy access of Netflix streaming devalue independent films?

5 Tips to Attract Top Talent to Your Low-Budget Feature (via Kane Senes for Indiewire)
Have a great script. Have a great script. Oh, and have a great script. (And a casting director can’t hurt.)


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

More Movies You Probably Forgot Were Indies
While Mad Max: Fury Road makes millions this weekend, don’t forget its roots as a $350k-budgeted indie film.


A video worth watching

Have you EVER in your life eaten Chinese food the way they do in movies? Why must this lie go on?

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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