This week saw some big indie film news stories. On Monday, we had the IFP Gotham Awards, kicking off awards season with some indie film love. On Wednesday, Sundance announced their 2018 feature film lineup, kicking into gear the beginning of next year’s indie film fest circuit. And most importantly, SAGindie was the actual topic of some news coverage with a SAG-AFTRA Magazine story about our 20th Anniversary!

In between these big headline-grabbing stories, there were also a few other worthwhile reads on the filmmaking front. We’ve collected some of those links below.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of November 27, 2017)

4 Stunt Professionals Share Their Advice for Staying Safe on Set (via Alex Ates for Backstage)
Heed the advice of the people who put their lives on the line for a movie.

Crowdfunding Movies: The Best Crowdfunding Websites for Your Film (via Arnon Shorr for StudioBinder)
How to pick the right crowdfunding platform for your project.

A Massive List of Winter 2018 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About (via Oakley Anderson-Moore for No Film School)
Winter 2018 Motto: Get Money, Make Movies.

Wandering To Success: Career Advice From The Big Sick Director Michael Showalter (via Joe Berkowitz for FastCompany)
From writing Wet Hot American Summer to the mistakes he made directing The Baxter to his eventual comfort in the director’s chair.

Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Flip the Script (via Rebecca Keegan for Vanity Fair)
The performers-turned-filmmakers on changing their career paths.

Acting Studios Are Struggling. Does It Matter? (via Hilary Howard for The New York Times)
How rising costs, increased competition, and shifting attitudes are affecting famed acting schools.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Sherwin Shilati, writer/director of People You May Know
We talked to the filmmaker about his first feature and the difference between directing movies and TV.

Filmmaker Interview: Stephen Cone, writer/director/producer of Princess Cyd
The prolific microbudget director talked to us about his career and his new coming-of-age film.


New Releases

Movies from our December Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

For background actors waiting to hit it big, here are some big stars who started with tiny roles (via Vulture Easter Eggs)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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