This week saw that people were still mad at Martin Scorsese’s Marvel hate, mad about James Dean’s CGI resurrection, and mad about another potential presidential nominee throwing his billionaire hat in the ring. But for some non-maddening, film-centric news you can use, check out this week’s good reads.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of November 4, 2019)

Todd Haynes Rewrites the Hollywood Playbook (via John Lahr for The New Yorker)
Profiling the director during the making of his newest film, the thriller Dark Waters.

Asian American film festivals launch careers, bridge gulfs and foster careers (via Melissa Kim for NBC News)
A look at the booming community of Asian-American filmmakers and festivals.

The Purchase of The Egyptian: Why Netflix Needs a Pyramid (via Adam Valeiras for Flood Magazine)
In buying a legendary Hollywood theater, is the streaming giant supporting or ruining the state of cinema?

American Movie at 20: why this portrait of a working-class Wisconsin auteur endures (via Robert Greene for Sight & Sound)
Celebrating the ultimate indie filmmaking documentary.

Top 25 Music Schools for Composing for Film and TV, Ranked (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Where to learn the craft of movies and music.

Aspiring Filmmakers Can Now Access Sundance Institute’s Expansive Resources Online (via Melissa Castillo for Hyperallergic)
Get a free filmmaking education with Sundance Co//ab.


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

SAGindie and Stowe Story Labs Partner for SAGindie Fellowship
Info on the 2020 SAGindie Fellowship.

Filmmaker Interview: Phillip Youmans, writer/director/producer of Burning Cane
Meet the young man who made his feature directorial debut while still in high school.

Filmmaking & Acting Resources for Veterans
Happy Veterans Day Weekend!


New Releases

Movies from our November Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

A brief history of Terminator rip-offs (via Birth. Movies. Death.)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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