It was a very political week in America, with both the first presidential debate and National Voter Registration Day happening. Since we’re a resource for moviemaking, we won’t spend much time dissecting the week in politics. But if you happen to like both of those subjects and demand we keep up on current affairs in their relation to filmmaking, you could always take a look at last month’s Politico article about the screenwriter who penned a Hillary Clinton biopic. OR you could browse this recent Film Inquiry piece that reviews Donald Trump’s filmography and movie appearances.

There, politics out of the way. Now for other filmmaking-related interesting reads from this week, here’s a handy list we’ve curated just for you.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of September 26, 2016)

TV and Film Music Supervisors Are Killing Real Songwriting (via Patrick Duniven for LA Weekly)
A musician’s take on a troubling trend in movie soundtracks.

Let Me Tell You Why I Love Phantasm So Damn Much (via Jacob Knight for Birth. Movies. Death.)
A love letter to the newly-restored microbudget horror hit.

‘Failed’ Indiegogo film project was a troll all along (via Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge)
How the It’s All Good filmmakers pulled a fast one on their investors.

How American Honey Got Cast (via Allison P. Davis for The Ringer)
Riding along with Andrea Arnold and the actors she found on Spring Break.

When Fair is Foul: Why Fair Use Isn’t an Impenetrable Defense for Indie Films (via Gregor R. Kanaan for MovieMaker Magazine)
Before you use that copyrighted material, read this to get the facts on Fair Use.

In Wake of Fortissimo, Metrodome Closures, Movie Lovers Need to Get Creative to Support Indie Films (via Ruth Vitale for Variety)
A rallying cry to all those who #SupportIndieFilm.

The strange tale of how a Galifianakis-Wiig comedy, from the director of Napoleon Dynamite, sat on a shelf for a year (via Josh Rottenberg for Los Angeles Times)
What do you do when your distributor goes bankrupt? Turns out, you wait.

How I Learned to Stop Counting on Miracles and Love Self-Distribution (via Ross Putman for ScreenCraft)
Thinking of releasing your movie yourself? Read up on how the First Girl I Loved producer pulled it off.


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

SAGindie’s October Movie Picks
We look at the month ahead and make our newest selections of must-see movies.


New Releases

Movies from our September Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Dreams of a B-Movie Producer (via The Wall Street Journal)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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