Wishing everybody a fun and happy Memorial Day weekend. Take a load off and relax – and enjoy this curated list of filmmaker-centric articles from the past week.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of May 22, 2017)

Is Seed & Spark’s high crowdfunding success rate for real? (via StephenFollows.com)
The filmmaker-friendly crowdfunding platform hands over their data for analysis.

Programming Film Festivals In The Age Of Netflix (via Max Covill for Film School Rejects)
It’s getting harder for the non-Sundances of the world to get their hands on a film before Netflix does.

Mark Duplass on helping other people make things (via Charlie Sextro for The Creative Independent)
Why the actor/filmmaker is so passionate about helping new directors launch their careers.

How a 3-year-old Rihanna meme led to a real-life heist movie with an all-black creative dream team (via Aja Romano for Vox)
When meme becomes movie.

What I Learned Watching 125 Student Films (via Scott Myers for Go Into The Story)

What Happens to Nudity Onscreen When You Remove the Male Gaze? (via Maria Elena Fernandez for Vulture)
How directors like Jill Soloway and Kimberly Peirce are bringing a different approach to sex scenes.

31 Best Filmmaking Software & Tools of 2017 (via Arnon Shorr for StudioBinder)
Gadgets and gizmos for all your production needs.

Star Wars Opened 40 Years Ago: Background Actors Recount How Movie Changed Their Lives (via Erik Ortiz for NBC News)
Unsung actors reflect on their time in a galaxy far, far away.

Waiting for the Credits to End? Movies Are Naming More Names (via Mekado Murphy for The New York Times)
It’s not just the opening credits that are bulking up.


New Releases

Movies from our May Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a dash of color: The most beautiful Technicolor shots in movie history (via The Solomon Society)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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