Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. And an Introduce Yourself Weekend to boot!

Full slate this week. Let’s get to what’s what, shall we?

Under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: The dark impact of Jurassic World’s $500M weekend; Exorcist director William Friedkin says superhero movies are ruining cinema; Lexi Alexander speaks out as to why more women aren’t directing on television; Turner Classic partners with Women in Film partner to fight gender inequality; actors ethnicities come under fire due to heightened sensitivities; comic actors on how they navigate the industry; an epic look at the history of Orson Welles unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind; Welles compadre, Peter Bogdonovich speaks to what he’s learned as a filmmaker; why Nexflix paid $60M for Brad Pitt’s next film; 20 filmmakers who made the jump from shorts to features; the first film to accept Bitcoin is upon us; Keanu Reeves defends film in a video age; a look at some financing and incentive news across the globe and much, much more.


Under VIDEOS I have the trailers for Robin Williams’ last film, the trailer for the (excellent) Marlon Brando documentary which premiered at Sundance earlier this year and a look at how Steven Spielberg just may have influenced David Fincher.

If you’re looking for some filmmaking, film law, cinematography, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking and creative discipline tips, well, scroll down to TIPS!

It was a extremely busy week in the Stage 32 Lounge and I’ve pulled some of the coolest articles, questions and discussions posted by our tremendous members. You can find them under POPULAR AND INTERESTING LOUNGE DISCUSSIONS.

Additionally, it was another inspirational week around these parts. Congratulations to many of our members who made things happen. You can read their tales under STAGE 32 SUCCESS STORIES.

Our Director of Education, Shannon Stegall, continues to bring in the best and the brightest to teach webinars and classes for our Next Level Education. Read all about what’s coming up under STAGE 32 EDUCATION.

And finally, under STAGE 32 NEWS, we have all the latest and greatest happening around the network.

Remember, as always, I welcome remarks and healthy debate on any of the content below in the Comments section. Let your voice be heard!

Have a terrific and creative (Introduce Yourself) weekend!




This weekend is Introduce Yourself Weekend here at Stage 32! Whether you're new to the community or a Stage 32 veteran, get networking and introduce yourself to the new members. This is your chance to let everyone know who you are and what you're looking to do, as well as see who else is in the community that might be great to collaborate with. Introduce Yourself Weekend is our favorite weekend of the month, and we hope you take advantage of this incredible networking opportunity. To introduce yourself to the community, click here: Introduce Yourself Weekend

We are excited to announce the quarterfinalists of the Annual Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Contest! We have been overwhelmed at the amazing quality of submissions we have received. This group of talented writers will move on to the next round of judging and we will announce our semi-finalists on July 8, 2015. To see the quarterfinalists, click here: Annual Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Contest Quarterfinalists

This week we bring you another clip in the 3-hour installment of our Founder & CEO RB's interview with Film Courage. This week's video is on the subject of How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career, however it can apply to ANY professional creative career. RB talks about how social media helped him land his screenwriting manager, he shares the amount of time you should put into your craft vs. networking and the amount of time you should spend effectively on social media. To watch the interview, click here:How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career


We have some really great webinars and classes in the works - stayed tuned to find out what's in store!







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