Cinephilia & Beyond has always been about passion and inspiration, two things that, we honestly believe, lie at the very core of filmmaking. If you find this place worth visiting and would be happy to continue exploring the immeasurably rewarding depths of the cinematic world, we cordially ask you to consider supporting us with a small donation. It takes a lot of time, patience and effort to regularly publish these articles which we believe are the key to any filmmaker’s education. If you support our work, please make a however modest donation, become our subscribers and give us a helping hand in keeping film culture alive for future generations.
OUR CURRENT GOALS: At this time, C&B has 97 active subscribers. On a monthly basis, we receive a couple of hundred dollars in donations, which we use to finance the expenses of hosting and web-site maintenance. Without the help of these supporters, C&B’s project would be simply unimaginable and we’d like to take this opportunity to say our sincerest thanks. We’re humbled and grateful not only to them, but to each and every one of you who continually support us simply by reading the site and tweeting about our material. The work of C&B 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, The British Film Institute, Cahiers du Cinéma, and many others. Having said that, we have to be honest and say we’re absolutely disappointed and discouraged with the fact that in the last couple of months we haven’t been able to receive enough donations even to buy one scanner, which will fully enable us to publish rare and usually commercially unavailable material. We can only dream about other, highly needed computer equipment. Moreover, our wish is to enlist some extra writers who love film as much as we do, so we can improve the quality of our texts. It’s not easy to lose people of considerable talent due to lack of support. It’s one of those moments when you have to wonder, what’s the point of it all?
We’re running out of money and patience with being underfunded. And as it usually goes in life, every potential end is a new beginning. Unfortunately, without a minimal and clearly defined budget we’re not able to continue our work. We ask all C&B’s readers to make their contributions, if they can, to help us close the financial construction needed for the purchase of a A3/A4 scanner, a reliable PC/Mac with necessary software and the acquisition of new collaborating authors.
AN EXACT LIST OF MUCH NEEDED EQUIPMENT AND OTHER EXPENSES: the Avision AV320E2 scanner; an adequate PC/Mac with necessary software; the expenses of doing a series of specialized interviews entitled ‘That Obscure Object of Desire’; the expenses of the acquisition of new collaborating authors.
UPDATE—June 17, 2015
Dear readers and faithful supporters,
The number of our subscribers has risen up to 120. With the help of your warm-hearted generosity we’ve saved about 20% of the funds needed to acquire the desired equipment necessary for the future of C&B. We’d like to thank you all for the love you’ve been giving us. No matter how the situation seems dire and hopeless, giving up is not in our dictionary. With your help, C&B will become what it’s meant to be: a true sanctuary built to worship the ever so inspiring world of film.
UPDATE—October 24, 2015
The number of our subscribers has risen up to 134. Unfortunately, we’re still nowhere near acquiring the funds necessary for the purchase of the needed equipment. The modest amount we get every month through donations of our kind readers covers the basic expenses of keeping the website alive.
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. When asked why he wanted to make such a generous donation, Michael replied by sending us—links. Links to our articles, to the posts on C&B which he obviously liked. The Third Man, Angel Heart, Leon: The Professional, Blazing Saddles, The Insider, Glengarry Glen Ross, Thief… A kind gesture was therefore accompanied by a touching compliment. The new machine is already in use and it’s perfect for all the needs a writer should have. 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.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better”
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.
A special thanks to Ryan Silbert, an Oscar-winning producer of the beautiful short film GOD OF LOVE, for these kind words of encouragement. Listen to the Oscar winner, people!
— Ryan Silbert (@RyanSilbert) June 17, 2015
We can’t even express how grateful we are for your support. Thank you so much, guys!
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