Happy Friday the 13th! This week saw the kickoff of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival (Darrien and Eliza are holding down the
fort tent at The American Pavilion – if you’re there, go say bonjour!). As for the rest of the entertainment industry, everything on TV got cancelled. But if you’re looking for more film industry writing from this week, it’s your lucky day!
This Week’s Good Reads (Week of May 9, 2016)
How to Join SAG-AFTRA (via Andrew Bernard for The Wrap)
Some advice from new SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris.
The State Of Independent Film In 2016 (via Richard Brody for The New Yorker)
Fresh off the Maryland Film Festival, Brody reflects on the industry.
How to Feed Your Cast and Crew: Advice for Saving Time, Saving Money and Keeping Everyone Happy
(via Jim McQuaid for MovieMaker Magazine)
Seriously, try to go easy on the pizza.
Hollywood’s special effects industry is cratering, and an art form is disappearing along with it
(via Corinne Purtill for Quartz)
How do practical VFX wizards survive in a CGI world?
Deadline Turns 10 And Celebrates Disruptors: Nikki Finke Looks Back (via Nikki Finke for Deadline)
The secret lives of movie-star newborns: who are they, and what is all that goo?
(via Kathleen Hale for The Guardian)
Seeking your 15 minutes of fame at 15 days old.
A Love/Hate Relationship With The Movies (via Greg Ferrara for Movie Morlocks)
Coming to terms with the stuff you hate about the movies you love.
UPDATED to include:
How Murdered Waitress Director Adrienne Shelly’s Foundation Helps Women Filmmakers – Including One Who Won an Oscar (via K.C. Baker for People)
How Shelley’s husband took a tragedy and turned it into a supportive nonprofit for women in film.
In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)
Filmmaker Interview: Pearry Teo, co-writer/director of The Curse of Sleeping Beauty
How the Singaporean filmmaker created a new twist on a classic tale (on an indie budget!).
Movies from our May Movie Picks out this week:
- High-Rise (Magnolia Pictures)
- The Lobster (A24)
- Love & Friendship (Roadside Attractions)
- Money Monster (TriStar Pictures)
- Pelé: Birth of a Legend (IFC Films)
A video worth watching
Making a Movie Trailer with Strangers on the Street (via JD Walsh)
How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?
If you’re an independent filmmaker or know of an independent film-related topic we should write about, email firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.