If you performed your civic duty this week and voted in the midterms, we applaud you. If you were eligible to vote but didn’t, we encourage you to get your life together ya dang hippie. Nevertheless, we’ve provided these film industry good reads for both voters and non-voters alike.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of November 5, 2018)

Questions of streaming, ownership and why the closing of FilmStruck is a disaster for film buffs (via Akiva Gottlieb for Los Angeles Times)
The struggles of film preservation in a streaming world.

Take It Out in Trade: A final dispatch from Ed Wood (via Will Sloan for Little White Lies)
A long-lost film from Hollywood’s “worst” filmmaker emerges.

Movies Lost and Found: Shirkers, A Star Is Born and More (via Jason Bailey for The New York Times)
Speaking of long-lost films, here’s a history of films that were rediscovered – and Netflix’s role in re-releasing a few new ones.

Extreme Close-ups Are Defining the Current Movie Moment (via Chris Lee for Vulture)
Why we’ve been seeing so many movie stars’ pores lately.

Sundance Screenwriting Lab Fellow: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (via Brianne Hogan for Final Draft)
A young filmmaker’s experience at Sundance’s Native and Screenwriter Labs.

How to stay sane and healthy while making a film (via Joshua Sanchez for The Creative Independent)
A great guide to keeping it together during production.

UPDATED to include:
Five Reasons L.A. Hasn’t Found Its Sundance Film Festival Yet (via Peter Debruge for Variety)
A deep dive into the closure of LAFF and LA’s other festival struggles.


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

8 More Big-Budget Directors Who Returned to Low-Budget Filmmaking
Franchises are all the rage, so we made a sequel to a previous post about directors going from studios back to indies.


New Releases

Movies from our November Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

The Black List’s Franklin Leonard did a TED Talk! (via TED)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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