Instead of focusing solely on tech stories that filmmakers (and film fans) must read, we're trying something new and expanding our daily round-up to include any timely news items and stories that filmmakers (and film fans) should know about, including contests, opportunities, tips and more. So without further ado, here are today's five must read stories:
1. Why Indie Filmmakers Need Guilds: Ursula Lawrence, Lead Strategic Organizer, Writers Guild of America, East, oversees the Guild's organizing efforts in independent film and digital media. In an opinion piece published today at Indiewire, Lawrence writes persuasively about why indie filmmakers need guilds in order to get paid. "Somewhere in the excitement over microbudgets and the democratization of filmmaking, something has gotten lost -- the lower budgets get, the less filmmakers get paid," writes Lawrence. Read her story here.
2. Sneak Peek at 'Boyhood:' Indiewire, IFC and 92Y are offering fans of Richard Linklater a chance to win tickets to the special event "Boyhood: Clips and Conversations." The occasion will feature clips from the upcoming film, behind-the-scenes footage and a conversation with the director himself and "Boyhood" star Ellar Coltraine. Read more here.
3. "How to Train Your Dragon:" The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host a special screening on Saturday, June 14th at 3pm of "How to Train Your Dragon 2," in 3D featuring a Q&A and special presentation by DreamWorks Animation Supervisors James Baxter and Sean Sexton. Find out more about the special screening here.
4. Hot Damn(nation): Nature lovers and freeloaders unite! This Thursday, June 5th, Patagonia will hold 23 free screenings of their award-winning film odyssey, "DamNation," across the United States. Find out more about the film and where to see it (for free) here.
5. "Yellow" Gets Distributor: There's hope for your indie film yet. Just look at Nick Cassavetes' "Yellow," which debuted back in 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to make the rounds on the festival circuit, screening at SXSW, Seattle, Munich, Catalina and Stiges. Despite critical praise, it wasn't picked up by a distributor…until now. Medient Studios has announced it will release "Yellow" in theaters on August 29th. Read more here.