It’s a film-festival-heavy weekend for us at SAGindie, with Napa Valley Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Fest, and AFI Fest all converging. But if you’re not too busy festival-hopping like us to take in some filmmaking articles, we’ve curated a handy list of some of this week’s good reads.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of November 6, 2017)

How Refinery29’s Female Filmmaker-Focused Shatterbox Shorts Are Creating the Next Generation of Auteurs (via Kate Erbland for IndieWire)
The short film program that brought Kristen Stewart and Gabourey Sidibe behind the camera.

Reflections of 2017 Black List Feature Writer’s Lab Participants (via Scott Myers for Go Into The Story)
Inside the screenwriting boot camp.

A Strong Film is a Diverse Film: Hire Smart, Hire Wide, Make a Stand (via Yvonne Huff Lee for MovieMaker Magazine)
How to commit to diversity beyond lip-service.

In 2017, Disney Learned That Banning Journalists Is An Ugly Look (via Alanna Bennett for BuzzFeed)
The controversial move that brought film critics and filmmakers together in solidarity.

Preacher-Turned-Producer DeVon Franklin Reveals the Secret to Successful Faith-Based Films (via Mia Galuppo for The Hollywood Reporter)
Looking beyond a Red State audience for faith-based films.

Charles Burnett’s Road to Oscar Was Paved by Socially Conscious Storytelling (via Will Harris for Variety)
The groundbreaking director of Killer of Sheep finally gets Academy gold.


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

Filmmaker Interview: Michelle Morgan, writer/director/star of It Happened in L.A.
We talked to Michelle Morgan about directing herself (and an ensemble cast) in her feature debut.


New Releases

Movies from our November Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

A look at LACMA’s Veterans Make Movies program (via Los Angeles County)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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