By MCN Editor editor@moviecitynews.com

Ray Pride Ponders The Gulf Between Theatrical And Streaming

“In a very specific way, streaming and that promoted illusion of instant access to anything ever at all times, may be worse than piracy for the industry. Some consumers have come to believe that it is possible to cut the cord, shed the cable box, and have the entire world stream to you online via Netflix, Amazon Prime, FilmStruck and Hulu. (This may account for the reported statistic that peer-to-peer torrent traffic of pirated material is ten percent of what it was a few years ago.) A partial history of cinema and television, and peak TV to boot, is valued at a barefaced $9.95 a month, less than a single movie ticket almost anywhere.”
Ray Pride Ponders The Gulf Between Theatrical And Streaming

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch