It’s your friendly neighborhood Film Snob. So here’s the deal. I started FilmSnobbery back in 2008 as a blog, and turned it into a business in 2009. Since then I’ve earned a very meager living writing reviews, attending film festivals, managing writers, consulting on films and other projects, doing business development for FilmSnobbery which includes getting sponsors and seeking other revenue sources, and producing, starring-in, and shooting a weekly live video web show. Whew are my arms tired from all that back-patting. But seriously, I loved every minute of the work since I knew that the site’s mission, to be the voice for indie film, was important. The curation of talent in the arts is something I’m proud to have been a part of. I’ve devoted the last several years of my life to making sure your content got seen, screened, constructively reviewed, and hopefully we all were better for it by the end.
That is exactly what this is now. The end. This is the part where we write FADE OUT and finally get some sleep, or in my case, move on to the next endeavor in my life. Over the next couple of weeks I will be decommissioning the site and dismantling the surrounding social media accounts (though I’m going to keep our Twitter account at http://twitter.com/filmsnobbery as my personal account), as well as the email addresses.
There are a lot of people to thank for the success of this site. A lot of people would shrug when I used the “royal We”, but to me it was completely accurate. Nothing goes this far without other people believing in it. My writers are the first people that need to be thanked. Even if you only wrote one post on this site, you were a valuable asset to the team. Basically everyone worked for nothing, as much as I hated it and tried as hard as I could to change it. I also want to specifically call out my co-host and sounding board Jerry Cavallaro for sticking through the several iterations of various shows, podcasts, and late-night Skype sessions. I need to thank my parents for giving up one of their garage bays and letting me turn it into a makeshift studio for weekly FilmSnobbery shows and other late-night shenanigans. I definitely need to thank the people who visited this site over the years. Filmmakers, fans of film, PR people, distributors, sponsors, and friends. You are the ones that made FilmSnobbery one of the top sites for independent film news on the web, and kept us alive when the economy shouted at us to crawl into a hole and die.
I’m not going to go on a long (ok longer) diatribe about how hard I tried to make this work. Those who know me best know what I’ve been doing the past couple of years to get this off the ground here in Los Angeles, and they also know that I’m making the best decision for all involved by making a relatively clean break and moving on.
While this is the end for FilmSnobbery, the site, this isn’t the end of my journey in the world of film and entertainment. While I’m going to leave the “what’s next” part fairly vague, I will say that I’m completely satisfied with this decision and I’m looking forward to moving on to other projects in both my personal and professional life.
If you want to reach out to me personally, I’d recommend hitting me up on Facebook, Twitter, or using my personal email address. I’m not generally hard to find. Thanks again for letting me grow with you, letting me watch your movies, shake your hands in person, and for putting your trust in me.