Thousands of dedicated readers that forage our archives on a daily basis, as well as numerous uplifting comments and generous support that kept us going, finally helped us reach an important decision. We decided Cinephilia & Beyond has grown up, becoming powerful enough to stand on its own two feet, as the film haven you all got to know so well but in the form of a full, independent website. This would simply not be possible without your relentlessly supportive encouragement and pure, endless love for the world of film. What especially motivates us, urging us out of our beds on lazy mornings or exhausted evenings, is the fact that C&B has grown into a community of film lovers who share their passion regardless of what places in the world—and life—they come from. You can imagine, for instance, the shock on our faces upon realizing the likes of Guillermo del Toro, William Friedkin, Thierry Frémaux, Oliver Stone, Roger Corman, Ava DuVernay, Zoe Cassavetes, Matt Reeves, Richard Ayoade, Mike Medavoy, Robert Evans or Judd Apatow regularly visit our little corner of the web. Silent, anonymous and thirsty for inspiration, no different than any one of you, but at the same time leading us to a crucial revelation that we simply must be doing something right.

The new website was created to make you feel more comfortable as you enjoy the wide array of film-related articles we try to offer, but also to make it easier to learn and absorb the vast knowledge lying here at your disposal. We’ll continue to bring to your attention the most fascinating, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping material we’re lucky enough to come across, tirelessly spreading the pivotal idea C&B was built on: no film school can measure up to a curious, dedicated mind and a huge pool of knowledge, information and inspiration waiting for you to be soaked up and marveled upon.

I’m often asked by younger filmmakers, ‘Why do I need to look at old movies?’ I’ve made a number of pictures in the last 20 years and the response I have to give them is that I still consider myself a student. The more pictures I’ve made in 20 years, the more I realize I really don’t know. And I’m always looking for something or someone that I could learn from. I tell the younger filmmakers, and the young students, that do it like painters used to do—that painters do—study the old masters, enrich your palette, expand the canvas. There’s always so much more to learn. —Martin Scorsese, A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies

We thank you kindly for your support, a favor which we can repay only by promising to continue doing our best at exploring the secrets of the ever-inspiring cinematic universe. “The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse,” said the brilliant Robin Williams as professor John Keating in Dead Poets Society, quoting the great Walt Whitman. C&B is our verse, and we thank you for helping us write it.