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YoFiFest 2020 Reading List

I’m Phil, a librarian at the Crestwood branch. This month is the eighth annual YoFiFest, which will host 142 films to stream online from November 7th to November 22nd.

To celebrate YoFiFest 2020, I’ve put together a reading list of books on film history, theory, reviews, and the production of independent film. All of these titles can be checked out through the Yonkers Public Library and Westchester Library System.


Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented American Independent Film by Marshall Fine

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood by Donald Bogle

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood by Peter Biskind

Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking by Stephen Alter

French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present by Rémi Fournier Lanzoni

The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era by Thomas Schatz

Heroes, Lovers, and Others: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood by Clara E. Rodriguez

The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the 21st Century by Gian Piero Brunetta

The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry by Maryann Erigha

A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie

Once Upon a Time in China: A Guide to Hong Kong, Taiwanese, and Mainland Chinese Cinema by Jeff Yang

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood by Mark Harris

Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors by Peter Bogdanovich


The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael by Pauline Kael

Cult Movies: The Classics, the Sleepers, the Weird, and the Wonderful by Danny Peary

Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons by Jonathan Rosenbaum

The Great Movies by Roger Ebert

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson

Out of the Past: Adventures in Film Noir by Barry Gifford

When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade by Dave Kehr


Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting by William Goldman

The Filmmaker’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher

The Film Sense by Sergei Eisenstein

How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime by Roger Corman

Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

On Directing Film by David Mamet

On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick

What is Cinema? by André Bazin


Celluloid Mavericks: The History of American Independent Film by Greg Merritt

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film by Peter Biskind

Independent Ed: Inside a Career of Big Dreams, Little Movies, and the Twelve Best Days of My Life by Edward Burns

The Independent Filmmaker’s Law and Business Guide: Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films by Jon M. Garon

The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know About Making an Independent Film by Reed Martin

Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies That Matter by Christine Vachon