This week brought us the Gotham Award nominations, which means awards season has finally begun. And here on the West Coast (where awards season is valued more than family and brunch), we are preparing for this weekend’s Film Independent Forum, where we’ll be staking out a spot to meet with filmmakers, hear keynote speeches from awesome folk like Tim League (see below) and Jill Soloway, and see a good movie or two while we’re at it (Nightcrawler is the opening film, so we’re ready to be thoroughly unsettled by Jake Gyllenhaal for a while). If we don’t see you there, we’ll assume it’s because you’re catching up on the best film-related reads from the week…

Good Reads for the week of October 20, 2014

Make A Place For Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, And Film Stock In Digital Future (via Tim League for Deadline)
The Alammo Drafthouse CEO (and Film Independent Forum speaker) explains how his theater has tackled the big film vs. digital debate.

Kevin Smith Wrote This Diary Entry Right Before Filming Clerks (via Eric Eisenberg for Cinemablend)
A charming reminder of youthful humility and optimism. Would your 20-year-old diary entry be more embarrassing or less?

Freddy Lives: An Oral History of A Nightmare on Elm Street (via Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum for Vulture)
We’ve been touting indie horror films this week, and Vulture reminds you why Wes Craven’s Nightmare is still one of the best.

Fake deaths, cheap resurrections, and dealing with real grief (via William Hughes for The A.V. Club)
A moving confession about how your reaction to dramatic movie plot devices can change once you’ve faced a real-life tragedy.

Indie TV: When Auteurs of the Art House Make the Move to Your Living Room (via Andy Greenwald for Grantland)
Why some of the best indie filmmakers from the ’90s and 2000’s are migrating to the small screen.


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

SAGindie presents Indie Horror 101 (via SAGindie)
From vampires to zombies to man-eating plants, we’ve got you covered when it comes to the indie horror classics.


A video worth watching

And Uneasy Lies the Mind – Shot Entirely on the iPhone from Ricky Fosheim on Vimeo.

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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