We’re coming off a busy fall week – wrapping up AFI FEST (see our recap here), a panel at American Film Market, and out-of-town treks to the Napa Valley and Cucalorus Film Festivals. But we’ve still taken the time to present some of the week’s best writing on filmmaking, acting, and the current state of the entertainment industry. Enjoy!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of November 9, 2015)

How Do You Define “Independent Film” In 2015? (via Tambay A. Obenson for Shadow and Act)
Interpretations of the phrase on which we’ve built our careers.

How To Make Sure Your Film Is Viable In Today’s Marketplace (via Tom Sveen for Film Independent)
From casting to foreign sales, how to increase the odds of your indie film’s success.

John Sayles on Eight Men Out (via Jim Hemphill for Filmmaker Magazine)
A look back at the ultimate indie baseball film.

Aziz Ansari on Acting, Race and Hollywood (via Aziz Ansari for The New York Times)
The actor/writer/comedian on being Indian-American in showbiz.

Nick Hornby’s Screenplays and the Female Experience (via Noah Gittell for RogerEbert.com)
The Brooklyn screenwriter has been crafting great roles for women. But should a woman writer have a shot?

Is it time to start taking iPhone movies seriously? (via Jessica Holland for Little White Lies)
How Tangerine has moved phone-shot-filmmaking to a new level.


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

Filmmaker Interview: writer/director Josh Mond and actor Christopher Abbott of James White
We talked to the filmmaker and lead actor behind one of the year’s most acclaimed dramas.


New Releases

Movies from our November Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Anatomy of a Scene: James White (via The New York Times)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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