Alexander Sorondo is creating written & multimedia responses to film
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The Thousand Movie Project is a series of personal essays, equal parts critical and reflective, in response to every movie in Steven Jay Schneider's book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Now and then I'll be hosting a contributor's essay (hopefully more and more as various writers get wind of it and show interest), with a spattering of multimedia responses, but for the most part the project is a personal one.

I graduated from college three years ago and while I think I've learned a lot in that time, read plenty of books and met lotsa people and listened to their stories, I've had this longstanding concern that I'm not growing as quickly as I did when I was in college. And, sure, you tend to go through lots of fazes and mature very quickly between freshman and senior year because you're in a formative age (if, of course, you enjoy the privilege of attending when you're young) but I think it's also because you've got professors guiding you through the mazes of information that make up the world. The Thousand Movie Project is, most of all, an effort to expose myself to things that would not have otherwise crossed my paths. And yes it's risky to be devoting this much time to a list that was compiled by a team of strangers, but the dialogue among those who've tread this path before me is encouraging. There's growth to be had, it seems, especially if you're really opening yourself up and trying to learn about not just the craft of filmmaking, and of the individuals involved in its production, but also about the geographical, historical, and cultural origins of those works. 

At the rate of two essays per week I suspect the project will run for about seven years. Funds donated through this Patreon will go toward the quickly-accumulating expenses of movie rentals (about $4 each, and I'm watching roughly four movies a week), the pursuit and acquisition of obscure movies (a really rare one can go from $30 to a couple hundred, and it's looking like I'll have to get region-free DVD player at some point in the future, maybe even a laser disc player), as well as the miscellaneous expenses of running a website. The domain, layout, occasional advertisement. 

I'm only asking/allowing for almost imperceptibly small monthly donations. This is a big project but it isn't a startup or anything. If I end up spending a few thousand dollars it'll be over a pretty long haul. This project is about making a longstanding connection with a number of readers. My emphatic thanks to those of you who'll give it up for the cause. You'll be getting that thanks in writing.
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For pledging $2 you'll get a handwritten Thank You note. Exciting, I know. Maybe a haiku, maybe exposition. Lots of gratitude.
The Thousand Movie Project is a series of personal essays, equal parts critical and reflective, in response to every movie in Steven Jay Schneider's book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Now and then I'll be hosting a contributor's essay (hopefully more and more as various writers get wind of it and show interest), with a spattering of multimedia responses, but for the most part the project is a personal one.

I graduated from college three years ago and while I think I've learned a lot in that time, read plenty of books and met lotsa people and listened to their stories, I've had this longstanding concern that I'm not growing as quickly as I did when I was in college. And, sure, you tend to go through lots of fazes and mature very quickly between freshman and senior year because you're in a formative age (if, of course, you enjoy the privilege of attending when you're young) but I think it's also because you've got professors guiding you through the mazes of information that make up the world. The Thousand Movie Project is, most of all, an effort to expose myself to things that would not have otherwise crossed my paths. And yes it's risky to be devoting this much time to a list that was compiled by a team of strangers, but the dialogue among those who've tread this path before me is encouraging. There's growth to be had, it seems, especially if you're really opening yourself up and trying to learn about not just the craft of filmmaking, and of the individuals involved in its production, but also about the geographical, historical, and cultural origins of those works. 

At the rate of two essays per week I suspect the project will run for about seven years. Funds donated through this Patreon will go toward the quickly-accumulating expenses of movie rentals (about $4 each, and I'm watching roughly four movies a week), the pursuit and acquisition of obscure movies (a really rare one can go from $30 to a couple hundred, and it's looking like I'll have to get region-free DVD player at some point in the future, maybe even a laser disc player), as well as the miscellaneous expenses of running a website. The domain, layout, occasional advertisement. 

I'm only asking/allowing for almost imperceptibly small monthly donations. This is a big project but it isn't a startup or anything. If I end up spending a few thousand dollars it'll be over a pretty long haul. This project is about making a longstanding connection with a number of readers. My emphatic thanks to those of you who'll give it up for the cause. You'll be getting that thanks in writing.

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For pledging $2 you'll get a handwritten Thank You note. Exciting, I know. Maybe a haiku, maybe exposition. Lots of gratitude.