“Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
—Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire
Envisioned as a safe haven for film students, filmmakers and film aficionados from all walks of life, Cinephilia & Beyond has always been about passion and inspiration, two things, we honestly believe, lie at the very core of filmmaking. Curating the site takes a lot of time, patience and effort, as we do our best to regularly put out these articles, which we believe are the key to any filmmaker’s education, on some of the most significant and influential films ever made. If you find any satisfaction in our work and are keen to continue exploring the rewarding depths of cinema by our side, please consider becoming our subscribers and supporting us with however small donations to give us a helping hand in keeping film culture alive for future generations.
The work of Cinephilia & Beyond has been publicly recognized by almost all of the greatest non-profit film institutions in the world: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The American Film Institute, Sundance Institute, The British Film Institute, European Film Academy, Cahiers du Cinéma, La Cinémathèque, just to mention a few. In the light of our recent transformation into a non-profit organization as well, we’d be deeply honored and humbled if we managed to follow in their prestigious footsteps. Without your help, however, even the very thought seems impossible.
UPDATE—January 15, 2016
Michael Hennessy, an avid film lover behind the excellent Twitter-based GG Film Club and obviously a passionate reader of C&B, surprised us at the end of last year when he decided to donate a beautiful PC to make our work more pleasurable and efficient. Thank you, Michael, for making our 2016 start with unexpected optimism and enthusiasm. Humble and grateful! We’re still saving money for the purchase of advanced PC/Mac equipment we need for editing videos, as well as for scanning equipment necessary for the digitalization and conservation of rare film texts, but this generous gift will definitely help us in our work.
UPDATE—December 6, 2016
Dear readers and faithful supporters of Cinephilia & Beyond,
You’ve enabled us to work on this project as best we could. As most of you who follow us already know, C&B is our labor-of-love project and we’re very proud and excited about all the work we’ve done in the last couple of years. Without sounding overly sentimental, this literally couldn’t have been accomplished without you guys and gals. C&B currently has roughly 200 subscribers, but it seems that for every new supporter, we lose an old one. Every dollar you donate is of incredible importance to us because it makes it possible for us to collect priceless film material and analyze some of the most important movies ever made. Every cent we receive is spent with a clear purpose (essential computer equipment, rare film material, minimal author fees). We’re even preparing additional perks for all subscribers and supporters of the website: full access to all the exclusive material and our archives.
The problem is our ambition. We have a great platform to really dig in the art and process of filmmaking. To make our goals and ambitions come true we need at least a couple of extra writers, or to be fully able to dedicate ourselves to this project. This is impossible with a couple of hundred bucks of support. Don’t get us wrong, it’s beautiful people respect us and find our website worth supporting. But we feel people should always strive for more, have a hunger for greater things. Of course we don’t mean more money. We mean a much better website. Interviews, reviews, more frequent in-depth analyses, short film reviews… There’s so much more that we could do to really make C&B the best there is. So thank you for your support and good will. We’re working on developing other sources of funding, sources that you might find less annoying. In the meantime, please have a little more patience.
“People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did.
But they will never forget how you made them feel.”
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