An old Daily Texan pal of mine back in our college days, Katie Spence, is part of a brand-new Web site called “I Want To See That.” It’s a scheduling/networking site dedicated around current film releases in a theater near you. It’s just Katie and her boyfriend, web developer Ben Brown, working away at offering the public a service they wish they already had themselves. I asked Katie to give us some info on the new site. Here’s what Katie had to say:
Me: Why this site, and why now?
Katie Spence: Ben and I live in San Francisco and all of our friends are young professionals who play on the internet all day. It’s hard to wrangle everyone into doing something offline together, so we made “I Want To See That.” The site is an idea we have been talking about for almost six months now. We enjoy seeing movies on opening night, but with work and other distractions it’s difficult to remember the release date of the films we want to see. Then – poof – it’s on DVD and we totally missed it on the big screen. So, “I Want To See That” helps us stay current and helps us coordinate movie nights with our friends. Hopefully it can do the same for cinephiles everywhere!
Me: What do you hope to incorporate, once you begin expanding it?
Katie Spence: I could tell you but you’d have to sign an NDA first. Kidding! Eventually we’d like to give “I Want To See That” members a way to join up with a group of friendly strangers based on where they live and their movie tastes, but that won’t be for a while. Right now we’re focused on helping people hang out with friends they already have.
Me: Any surprises so far?
Katie Spence: I’ve been surprised at the amount of positive feedback we’re getting. Especially for the “I Want To See That” podcast, in which Ben and I describe upcoming movies that we haven’t seen yet, and the pros and cons of each film. It’s pretty silly, but we try to keep it pithy. But overall, people are enthusiastic for the functionality of the site, and that’s been really great to hear.