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You also get to participate in our poll to determine our Filmmaker of the Month each month -- where Spool staff and contributors go through the filmography of a director or franchise of your choice.


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About The Spool

The Spool is an irreverent, informative source for film and television coverage, focused on diverse, thoughtful opinions that seek out a greater understanding of the media we love.

The Spool is a Chicago-based film and television website that features reviews, interviews, festival coverage and more for new releases and classic fare alike.

Since 2019, we've posted hundreds of reviews, interviews, features, and podcasts, ranging from new releases to anniversaries of old favorites and festival coverage. Some of our biggest recurring features include:
  • Filmmaker of the Month -- monthly retrospectives on a filmmaker's works;
  • More of a Comment, Really... -- a podcast, hosted by founder and editor-in-chief Clint Worthington, interviewing actors, filmmakers, composers, and others from the world of film and TV;
  • Hall of Faces -- a podcast co-hosted by Worthington and The A.V. Club's Allison Shoemaker, diving deep into the best characters in television history;
  • and more. 

We're Rotten Tomatoes-certified and fully independent -- we rely on no corporate sponsorships or outside money, just what we get from ads and Patrons like you. 

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  • Writers, Editors, and Staff
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Not a dime goes into the editor-in-chief's pocket; if you want to support young, independent writers through challenging times in journalism and cultural criticism, The Spool can work wonders with our your contributions. 
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