Paul Thomas Anderson, Nolan, DiCaprio, and More Write Letter to Save FilmStruck

IndieWire | 11/14/2018 | Staff
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Paul Thomas Anderson and Christopher Nolan have officially joined the fight to save FilmStruck. The directors joined Leonardo DiCaprio and other top filmmakers such as Alejandro González Iñárritu, Rian Johnson, Karyn Kusama, and Damien Chazelle, among others, to write and sign a letter sent to Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich asking for WarnerMedia to reconsider the decision to pull the plug on FilmStruck on November 29.

“The FilmStruck service was (IS) the best streaming service for fans of cinema of all kinds: classic studio movies, independent cinema, international treasures,” the letter reads. “Without it, the landscape for film fans and students of cinema is especially bleak. There’s a reason there was a huge outpouring from artists and fans over it being shuttered, they were doing the Movie God’s work.”

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While Emmerich did not have a say in FilmStruck’s cancellation, which the letter states, the group of actors and filmmakers are hoping that by appealing to the Warner Bros. executive they’ll at least get a step closer to showing WarnerMedia how important FilmStruck is to cinephiles all over the world. Actor Bill Hader and filmmakers Guillermo del Toro, Barry Jenkins, and Edgar Wright have been outspoken for weeks about trying to save FilmStruck and they all included their signatures on the letter.

“In an era of huge corporate acquisitions of cinema by communication companies – in a business that may render billions of dollars off a medium like cinema, we believe this is a gesture that is needed,” the letter states, “a minuscule show of goodwill towards the preservation and accessibility of a tradition and a rich history that would benefit the public.”

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The letter arrives in the wake of a viral online petition, entitled “Keep FilmStruck Alive,” which launched shortly after news broke of FilmStruck’s demise on October 26. The petition has...
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