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The 10 Best Books on Film

*Danger, Will Robinson: Affiliate Links Ahead! I’ve put together an easy list of books for you to grab on Amazon, and when you buy through my links, I make some cash. For full disclosure, scroll to the end of this post!*

Books on film, about films, for filmmakers, for film lovers…

Now that we’ve been doing my version of film school for a bit, I think it’s best we apprehend the right materials, don’t you?

There are Skillshare courses. We talked shot analysis. Today, let’s read a few books.

Whether you read on a kindle (I think you’re weird) or the slowly browning paper it was meant to be printed on, these are the Top 10 Books on Film I recommend for those looking to sink their teeth deeper into the world of movies.

Helpful Amazon links included – even for those of you who’d commit the ultimate sacrilege and download them to your iPad (David Lynch is judging you).


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Kept Woman | A New Play by Rebekah Suellau - The Exclusive Interview on

Something Unfamiliar: An Interview with Kept Woman’s Rebekah Suellau

I met Rebekah Suellau – writer, director, and now producer, of Kept Woman – in film school. She directed my very first piece of theatre. We wrote screenplays, met for tea, and learned (then forgot) how to run electric on a film set together.

When I learned that Rebekah would be bringing Kept Woman, a play I first read more than four years ago, to an Off-Broadway stage this fall, I was floored. That’s no small feat. I called to talk more about it (as one does when your friend announces her anywhere-near-Broadway debut).

What follows is our conversation about Kept Woman.Kept Woman | A New Play by Rebekah Suellau - The Exclusive Interview on

Edited for length, and also clarity (but definitely not language – #sorrynotsorry).

My hope is that, although I normally cover film on this blog, you’ll see the parallels between crafting a work for the stage and for the screen. And also, that you’ll see this group of women creating a work of art together, and be inspired by it.

I know I am.

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Women to Watch: Fall TV 2016 Edition | September is the premiere of the Fall Television line-up. Here's everything created by women this month | See the whole list on

Women to Watch in September: Fall Television Special

The Fall Television Schedule is also STACKED.

Yes, you heard me right – there were TOO MANY female directed (written, directed, produced, you name it) projects to list in one post this month. Enter the Fall Television special – wherein we list every bit of tv programming created by women in September.

It’s a big task (YES!), but somebody’s gotta do it.

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Women to Watch: September New Releases in Film | This month's theatrical releases Written, Directed, and Created by Women | See the whole list on

Women to Watch: September New Releases in Film

September film is STACKED.

This month is so loaded with new work from women writers and directors, in fact, that I’ve been forced to split September new releases into TWO posts: one for film and one for television.

That’s Bad-Ass. And unprecedented for this list.

Much of this has to do with the Fall TV schedule – you’ll see when the special Fall television edition goes up tomorrow. But this shouldn’t discount the TEN films coming out this month that are the product of women filmmakers.

Is that enough? Not in my opinion. Is it an improvement over the somewhat desolate summer months? Hell yes.

So, where to begin?

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Blog Update - August 30, 2016

Blog Update Summer 2016

Hello, end of Summer!

Where the hell did you come from?

It’s been a hot minute (last post was Women to Watch in August), and I think it’s as good a time as ever for a quick blog update. Where have we been? Where are we going? Frankly, we all could use some organization once in a while.

First, let’s recap the summer months.

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Women to Watch: August New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | See the whole list on

Women to Watch: August New Releases in Film + Television

When I think August, I think END OF SUMMER. That’s a frightening thought. So let’s think AUGUST NEW RELEASES instead, shall we?

What’s The Women to Watch List?

I started this project all the way back in May. Three months later and I’m both surprised and not surprised. Surprised, because there are SO MANY movies and television shows I would not have thought to watch (or even known were premiering), that are the product of women in the film industry. Not surprised, because (as you’ll see with these August new releases) there just aren’t enough.

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Stranger Things: A review and conversation on the new Netflix series and its very strange women |

Stranger Things, Stranger Women: A Conversation on the Netflix Original Series

The true story of three (sort-of) strangers, who’ve sat through all eight episodes of Netflix’s Stranger Things, talked about it, wrote about it, and found out what happens when bitches stop being polite, and start getting…

Nope, that’s the Real World.

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Film School: The Best Skillshare Classes for Aspiring Filmmakers, Creatives, + Movie Lovers |

Film School: The Best Film-Inspired Classes on Skillshare

I’ve shared a little bit of “film school” with you before (see How to Actively Watch a Film, Reading the Shot). Today, I want to continue that series with some lessons from other filmmakers/students of film.

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Quick crit and review of Karyn Kusama's long-awaited horror/thriller "The Invitation" |

The Invitation is Haunted, Cultish, Creepy L.A. Horror at its Best

It took seven years for Karyn Kusama to follow-up her last feature film with The Invitation. It was worth the wait.

The Invitation (2016)

You look different, Edie.

Quick crit and review of Karyn Kusama's long-awaited horror/thriller "The Invitation" |
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Women to Watch: July New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | Only on

Women to Watch: July New Releases

Summer blockbusters are here!

And with those July new releases come a good number of women written, directed, and produced projects. Yes, that Ghostbusters reboot is one of them. But so is Ab-Fab, and that’s a DAMN BLESSING.


First time readers, here’s the deal:

I premiered this monthly series back in May as a means to an end. An end to not knowing how few feature films are written and directed by women each year; to missing some of the best female created series on television; to just not knowing what the hell to watch.

Why not get all the work in one place and help support these women filmmakers, writers, and show-runners?

And so here we are. June’s list was heavy on the television. July is nicely balanced, with more to offer on the theatrical front. I’m very pleased to see two major studio productions (Absolutely Fabulous and Ghostbusters) with huge female influences.

Now, without further ado…

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