Snow and sleet are blowing through much of the country, and the Santa Ana winds have rendered Los Angeles borderline uncomfortable, with temps dipping way down into the sixties [all hate mail can be sent to]. So if you’re planning on staying inside for much of the weekend, under a blanket or next to a fireplace, we’ve compiled some of the best film industry-related articles from this past week. Stay warm, and read on.

Good Reads for the week of November 17, 2014

Hollywood’s “female stuff” problem (via Genevieve Koski for The Dissolve)
There’s been a push to include more females in front of and behind the camera. Is it true progress or a new form of tokenism?

Not For Mature Audiences (via Colin Biggs for Badass Digest)
How the small-scale films find an audience amongst the superheroes and action tent-poles.

Chasing the Dogs: Charting American Independent Film Post-Tarantino (via Brody Rossiter for HeyUGuys)
While indie film might not feel like the “movement” it was in the 1990’s, it’s still a hotbed for creativity and badassery.

Are Arthouse Westerns on the Rise? (via James Clarke for Little White Lies)
The Hollywood studios effectively killed the genre through overexposure. Is independent film the way to bring it back?

Black List Celebrates 10 Years as Haven for Screenwriters (via Valentina I. Valentini for Variety)
Franklin Leonard has spent a decade helping screenwriters gain exposure, feedback, and kinship.

Ana Lily Amirpour Is the Raddest Filmmaker Working Right Now (via Eric Eidelstein for Indiewire)
Now there’s a headline.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Shawn Christensen, writer/director/star of Before I Disappear (via SAGindie)
How the Oscar-winning director expanded his short film Curfew to a new feature-length adaptation.


A video worth watching

RIP Mike Nichols.

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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