Mike D'Angelo

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[NOTE FOR NEWCOMERS: What follows is somewhat out of date, as many more people have signed up than I'd ever imagined. But it still does a pretty good job of explaining why I created this account and why you might care to sign up, so I've decided to leave it as is. Just kindly ignore the pessimism that I express toward the end, as I was dead wrong about that. People have been incredibly supportive, and I'm deeply grateful.]

If you've found your way here, you almost surely know who I am (some dude) and what I do (blather on about movies I see). So let's skip the introduction and just get to why I've finally, with great reluctance, created this Patreon account.

What it boils down to is this: A recent downturn in freelance income (which I don't anticipate reversing itself anytime soon) has forced me to expend a bunch of hours making money by other means. Not your problem, obviously. However, as you may have noticed if you regularly peruse my Letterboxd page, this new arrangement leaves me with considerably less free time in which to write even fairly brief capsule reviews of the films I watch. You'd be surprised, and perhaps alarmed, to learn just how much effort goes into crafting those (usually) single-paragraph thoughts; dashing stuff off just isn't my style, even when it comes to writing that I do strictly for fun/myself.

So I'd decided that I have to stop. And I likely will soon stop (apart from basic logging/rating, which only takes a few seconds, plus links to professional reviews; that's what most of my friends and peers already sensibly do on Letterboxd, because why on earth would you devote numerous hours every week to unpaid labor?). But the thought of stopping pains me, because I've always believed these condensed, informal, barely contextualized capsules—which I wrote for many years on my personal website and blog before moving them to Letterboxd a few years back—to be my best work. Not that I don't put a great deal of effort into my professional reviews, but there's something immensely freeing about this particular format, in which I assume that Ideal Reader shares with me a certain knowledge base, and thus merrily dispense with throat-clearing and table-setting and plot summaries and anything else that isn't pure, uncut personal reaction. These "drive-by" reviews, as I once dubbed them, are still work, but they're also a lot of fun, which is why I've spent the past 20+ years writing them gratis. It's just that the pro bono criticism was being underwritten by the pro criticism, which until recently paid well enough (barely subsistence level!) that it afforded me enough time to do both.

Lamenting this impending loss, I keep looking at my 10,000+ Letterboxd followers and wishing I could somehow persuade each of them to pay me just $1 per month. They wouldn't even notice that dollar missing, and I'd be richer than I've ever been in my entire life (by a significant margin; candidly, I've never made more than 1/3 of $120K). Obviously, that's completely unrealistic—most of the random folks who follow me on Letterboxd wouldn't even notice if my reviews stopped showing up in their feed. But even, say, 200 people willing to toss me $2/mo would buy me back enough man-hours to maintain my previous output.

So, what the hell, let's give it a shot. My expectation is that this won't work—that I won't attract enough patrons to make it worthwhile. (I say that not out of general pessimism or any lack of self-esteem, but after looking around at the Patreon accounts of some other film writers.) If that's the case, I'll shut this down pretty quickly. [NOTE: It did not turn out to be the case.] But if you enjoy my non-professional writing and would be distressed by its abrupt demise, here's a potential means of life support. For fun, and because Patreon all but strongarms you into doing so, I've created a few slightly pricier tiers that offer so-called "rewards," e.g. the ability to request that I watch/review some particular film. But I'm mostly hoping that enough people will part with the price of a donut, or even a donut plus a cup of coffee, to make writing the fun, non-pro stuff financially feasible at this moment. As I say, probably not. But y'all surprised the hell out of me a decade ago when I asked for funds to attend Cannes, during a brief period of extreme broke-itude, and I (paradoxically) wouldn't be all that surprised if you surprised me again. [NOTE: You did.]
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