It’s easy to get bogged down during the week with stuff like “work” and “family” and “friends.” It’s hard to find time for reading. That’s why we make sure to collect the week’s best film industry news and thinkpieces for your weekend reading pleasure. SAGindie: Keeping up the illusion that reading is cool since 2014.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of April 4, 2016)

The seismic shift in the world of film festivals (via
A history of the Withoutabox vs. FilmFreeway battle of the ages.

Plastic Surgery With a Mouse Click (via Logan Hill for New York Magazine)
How VFX have gone beyond explosions and monsters into face-swaps and de-aging.

Statewide Wage Hike Likely Won’t Break the Hollywood Bank (via Ashley Cullins for The Hollywood Reporter)
How California’s new $15/hr minimum wage will impact showbiz.

Documentary Film Festivals Feel Push on Accuracy (via Melena Ryzik for The New York Times)
The search for “truth” in the documentary world.

Much More Than Movies: The Best Of Roger’s Journal (via Brian Tallerico for
On the third anniversary of Ebert’s death, a look at his most memorable non-movie-reviews.

How a Small Distribution Company Gave a Tiny Holiday Movie a Successful Release
(via Matt Grady for Sundance Blog)
An analysis of the Christmas, Again release strategy.

How Hollywood Turned Its Back on Karyn Kusama (via Adam B. Vary for BuzzFeed)
An interview with the director about her return to indie filmmaking.


New Releases

Movies from our April Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

The Walk of Life Project (via WGN)

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 for consideration.

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