This eventful week kicked off with the first official day of fall! (And also a Presidential impeachment inquiry…) But back to the autumnness of it all! Now that your calendar has given you the official OK to wearing sweaters and voicing your love of gourds, you can cozy up and take a look at some of the week’s most interesting film-related news and articles.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of September 23, 2019)

What Do I Actually Ask A Potential Distributor? (via Jennica Schwartzman for Ms. in the Biz)
From licensing agreement details to fees to third-party obligations, do your homework before negotiating a deal!

I’m Not a Child Molester, I Just Play One on TV (via Claire Zulkey for Vice)
Actors discuss the pros and cons of playing creepy characters (featuring Dylan Baker from Happiness! Yep, the guy who… yeah, him).

How Casting a Low-Budget Film Differs From Casting a Studio Film (via Charis Joy Jackson for Backstage)
A casting director gives the scoop on finding actors for indies.

How to Do a Scene-By-Scene Breakdown (via Scott Myers for Go Into the Story)
Getting into the nitty-gritty of your screenplay.

Shooting My Fucked Up Movie Sustainably Helped Me Sleep at Night! (via Daniel Scheinert for The Talkhouse)
The Death of Dick Long director on embedding with the community to make his production more sustainable and successful.

Celebrating Woman Director Awareness Month With Recommendations From Local Filmmakers (via The Austin Chronicle)
Okay, so we didn’t exactly know it was Woman Director Awareness Month, so thanks for the tip, Austin Chronicle! (And Holly Herrick/Meredith Johns/Tracy Frazier.)


New Releases

Movies from our September Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Happy 20th Anniversary to one of the strangest movie trailers that ever trailer’d (via The A.V. Club)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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