Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday weekend, but don’t let it be an excuse to miss out on the filmmaking news, advice, and features the internet was busy writing about this week.

This Week’s Good Reads (Week of May 20, 2019)

Serious shortage of people doing ‘proper’ jobs on film sets (via Vanessa Thorpe for The Guardian)
Britain’s film industry is calling for below-the-line talent, from carpenters to makeup artists.

‘No Spoilers’ Has Been a Marketing Gimmick Since Psycho (via Kelly Faircloth for Jezebel)
Nice try, Tarantino, but Hitchcock did it first.

“Billionaires, Bombers, and Bellydancers”: How the First Arab American Movie Star Foretold a Century of Muslim Misrepresentation (via Omar Mouallem for The Ringer)
Some Hollywood history, from Frank Lackteen to Aladdin.

Overlooked No More: Debra Hill, Producer Who Parlayed Halloween Into a Cult Classic (via Melena Ryzik for The New York Times)
A belated NYT obituary for the woman who helped shephard Halloween to the screen.

How to Make the Most of Your Time Filming on Location (via Marci Liroff for Backstage)
How working actors spend their time (when not cooped up in hotels or working on set).

Meet 22 Black Directors Who Answered Hollywood’s Call For Diversity And Inclusion (via Essence)
Black women in film who are finally getting their due.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Noble Jones, writer/director of The Tomorrow Man
The music video veteran and former mentee of David Fincher talks to us about making his debut feature.


New Releases

Movies from our May Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Arugably the most adorable important award of the Cannes Film Festival… the one for dogs (via Associated Press)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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