We hope you’re nice and busy prepping for a scary (yet safe!) Halloween weekend. But if you like to mix your fright with some light reading, we have collected some of the week’s most interesting articles about the film industry.

And to plug some specifically SAGindie/Halloween-related reads, might we also suggest… Some indie film-inspired Halloween costume ideas, a guest post from filmmaker Joe Begos on how to pull off gory special effects on a micro budget, a breakdown of essential indie horror films, and an appreciation of the original marketing campaign of The Blair Witch Project.

And now some love for other peoples’ writing.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of October 24, 2016)

Life After Boyhood (via Samuel Fragoso for Keyframe)
Catching up with Ellar Coltrane, the actor who dedicated his entire childhood to a movie role.

How I Went from Editor to Director (via Melissa Kent for Women and Hollywood)
One filmmaker’s journey from post-production to production production.

Meet The Smartest Dog In Hollywood (via Amy Nicholson for MTV News)
A profile of the Border Collie mix stealing scenes from Ethan Hawke and John Travolta.

Halloween Isn’t the Best Time for Indie Horror: Why Distributors Are Avoiding the Spooky Release Date (via Graham Winfrey for IndieWire)
Releasing a scary movie on a scary holiday makes sense, no? Not exactly.

From Babadook to Raw: The Rise of the Modern Female Horror Filmmaker (via Phoebe Reilly for Rolling Stone)
The women dominating the modern horror genre.

How A Fake British Accent Took Old Hollywood By Storm (via Dan Nosowitz for Atlas Obscura)
Ever wonder what the hell accent Katharine Hepburn was speaking in? Read on, dahhling.

Guess What’s Back From the Grave? Night of the Living Dead (via Glenn Kenny for The New York Times)
How some “people from Pittsburg” made the most legendary zombie movie of all time.

Hex appeal: how witches charmed the cinema (via Charlotte Richardson Andrews for Sight & Sound)
From funny to fierce to feminist, a history of witches in the movies.


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

Film Independent Forum 2016 Highlights
A recap of last weekend’s filmmaker conference, including full keynote speeches from Sam Esmail and Effie Brown.


New Releases

Movies from our October Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Directors on their favorite scary movies (via Film4)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?

If you’re an independent filmmaker or know of an independent film-related topic we should write about, email blogadmin@sagindie.org for consideration.

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