ALABAMA/BIRMINGHAM FILM RESOURCES
Alabama Film Office
Alabama Filmmakers – Main Facebook group for statewide productions, networking, sharing, and discussion
Alabama State Council on the Arts – Mission: to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality for all Alabamians by providing support for the state’s diverse and rich artistic resources.
All Y’all: Southern Documentary Collective – “A collective of filmmakers, photographers and media creators who live, work and create in the South. We support and cultivate media about our communities that complicates Southern identity and grapples with the political and cultural heritage of our communities.”
Atomic Pictures – A full service video production and creative media company specializing in post-production video editing and video production for television commercials and corporate presentations
Create Birmingham – “We invest in imagination and invention by supporting workforce development, entrepreneurial ventures, and job growth in the nonprofit and commercial creative sectors.”
Diamond Studios – Birmingham based video production company
Film Birmingham – an initiative of Create Birmingham
Hunter Nichols Productions
Magic City Casting – established in 2019, casts extras for film and television productions in Alabama
Media Visions – an audio, video, lighting, streaming and broadcast solution provider based in Birmingham
Southern Exposure – a film fellowship; actively raising awareness and appreciation for Alabama’s environment and natural beauty
Vazda Studios – independent production studio
Wannabe Film – independent production studio
FILM WEBSITES & RESOURCES
Cléo – A journal of film and film culture, informed by intersectional feminist perspectives
Craft on Cinema – Film writing from Sidewalk’s own features programmer Corey Craft
Film Threat – Championing up-and-coming indie filmmakers while giving a middle finger to the Hollywood establishment
Film Independent – Non-profit arts organization behind the Spirit Awards and LAFF supporting all things indie film
The Film Stage – Dedicated to news, reviews, original features, and extensive festival coverage with a global filmmaking perspective
Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers – leading source of information for independent, grassroots, and activist media-makers since 1976
Atlanta Film Society – Non-profit organization behind the Atlanta Film Festival
IndieWire – preeminent source for film and television news, reviews, interviews, global festival coverage and more
JohnAugust.com – Blog of successful American screenwriter known for Charlie’s Angels, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more
MovieMaker Magazine – The world’s most widely read independent film magazine
No Film School – Where filmmakers learn from each other – no film school required.
Reverse Shot – Quarterly film journal taking an academic approach to criticism, primarily publishing long-form pieces on art-house and indie releases
Slant Magazine – Known for its edgy, irreverent, and often funny pop cultural criticism using a grassroots approach
StudioBinder Blog – The company behind the popular production management software also runs a very thorough & informative filmmaking blog
Collider – New Movie News, Movie Trailers & Upcoming Reviews
The Hollywood Reporter
Internet Movie Database
FILM PRODUCTION JOBS & AUDITIONS
Production Hub – one of the most popular film job sites featuring extensive listings of full-time jobs and freelance gigs
StaffMeUp – the most popular film job site focusing on freelance gigs
Mandy – Jobs platform for cast, crew, and creative professionals
Creative Circle – staffing agency for full-time jobs
CrewsControl – matches clients with the perfect crew, from DPs to PAs
UpWork – allows freelancers to search for projects and send proposals to clients
ProductionBeast – allows freelancers to apply to unlimited jobs and show off their work for free
Backstage – Nationwide auditions and casting call listings with an extensive talent database
80s All Over – Drew McWeeny and Scott Weinberg are ready to review every major film of the 80s, one month at a time. They’ll look at what worked then, what endures now, and they’ll tell you how it felt to be there when it all went down.
Blank Check – Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors’ complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects.
The Big Picture – The Ringer Editor-in-Chief Sean Fennessey sits down with Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers, breaks down the latest industry trends, handicaps the Oscars race, and reviews new films with Ringer colleagues like Amanda Dobbins and Bill Simmons
The Canon – MTV News’ Amy Nicholson tackles the big question: what films should be included in the list of all-time greats?
Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period – an in-depth review of Denzel Washington’s entire filmography in alphabetical order, one movie at a time. With Kevin Avery & W. Kamau Bell
Filmspotting – known as “the flagship film podcast”
FilmDrunk – Comedy for Film Lovers: FilmDrunk was founded in 2007 on the idea that film criticism should be as entertaining as it is accurate. If people go to the movies to have fun, why wouldn’t they want to read about them for the same reason?
Hollywood Babble-On – Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them.
How Did This Get Made? – Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing? Join Paul Scheer, June Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas as they watch, dissect, and grown over the best of the worst.
I Was There Too – Host Matt Gourley wasn’t actually there on set during the filming of the world’s most classic movies and iconic scenes- but his guests certainly were!
Inside Jaws; Inside Psycho; Inside The Exorcist: each podcast chronicles a classic film’s life from the first pitch made to the studio to the impact it made on the world since release (Omar Sanchez, HR).
On Cinema – Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington (a.k.a. Neil Hamburger) skewer the stuffy ol’ world of film criticism by offering up the most generic and run-of-the-mill reviews of the latest would-be blockbusters (Matt Wild, AV Club)
Off White – lively discussions on the portrayal of people of color and minorities in movies, tv, and pop culture. It’s “commentary with color” with host Dino-Ray Ramos
Scriptnotes – Hosts John August and Craig Mazin discuss the intricate art and business of screenwriting
The Treatment – Every week host Elvis Mitchell conducts in-depth interviews with the most influential people working in entertainment, art, and pop culture.
Unspooled – Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson get to the bottom of what makes each film on the AFI Top 100 list so special.
We Hate Movies – Each week the WHM gang force themselves to watch bad movies that were better left forgotten to fuel off-the-wall tangents, inane impressions and unabashed comedic silliness. This is a comedy podcast for movie lovers that can’t help but relish pure trash.
You Must Remember This – The podcast about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century.
BOOKS & ESSAYS
Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul by The Film Collaborative
Down and Dirty Pictures by Peter Biskind
What I Really Want To Do Is Produce by Helen de Winter
Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert
Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez
They Can Kill You But They Can’t Eat You by Dawn Steel
The Movie Brats by Michael Pye & Lynda Myles
Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes by John Pierson
From Reverence to Rape by Molly Haskell
Making Movies by Sidney Lumet
“The Day the Movies Died” by Mark Harris
TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, & REDDIT
Script to Screen
Guillermo Del Toro
The Black List
Anthology Film Archives
Color Palette Cinema