The Petition to Save FilmStruck Has Over 23,000 Signatures, as Guillermo del Toro, Bill Hader, and More Rally Cinephiles

IndieWire | 10/19/2016 | Staff
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The petition to save FilmStruck from ending has united the film community over the last week. The online petition entitled, “Keep FilmStruck Alive,” originally launched with the goal of attaining 7,500 signatures, but in just over a week it has rocketed to earn over 23,000 signatures, with its new goal of 25,000 signatures being an inevitable benchmark that will be hit sometime in the next day or two.

“FilmStruck has given cinephiles an indispensable resource for appreciating cinema, and provided so much joy to all those who thought that many of these movies would never see the light of a streaming platform,” petition leader Kevin Bahr wrote in a statement. “FilmStruck is not just a niche market, it is a massive archive dedicated to keeping art of the past alive.”

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Rallying cinephiles over the last week has been Guillermo del Toro. The Oscar-winning filmmaker was one of the first major directors to mourn the loss of FilmStruck on social media, but he has since been encouraging followers and moviegoers across the country to sign the petition. Del Toro’s latest Tweet, published November 2, read, “Don’t mourn FilmStruck. DO something- sign the petition!”

Del Toro was joined this week by...
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