Please correct me if I’m wrong, but did FilmCatcher.com die? While surfing the web just now, I stumbled upon the fact that all of FilmCatcher.com content is no longer available, and the URL has been taken over by a movie blog.
Re-launched at Sundance 2008 as a film portal and magazine, which aimed to “bring attention to the freshest cinema” and announced digital distribution deals with Pyramide International, Originial Thinkers and a partnership with FilmAid International, FilmCatcher had all the new media tools that few film websites offer–namely plenty of original video content. I was recruited as a contributor, and respected freelance journalist Damon Smith was onboard as an editor. When I heard that Damon had left, I knew it was only a matter of time before fresh editorial would die, too. But the entire website and all its archives?
I hope it reappears in one form or another. This is personal, of course, as the articles I wrote for FilmCatcher are no longer to be found anymore on the web. Not to toot my own horn, but one particular piece, titled “Against the Future of Cinema: There Is No Such Thing as Small Movies,” was one of my most widely read articles — at least, according to Google. Definitely more opinion than journalism, the piece argued — somewhat simplistically and idealistically — that “the intimate environs of your living room are not sufficient for films that excavate human intimacy.” I admit the piece was a bit of a polemic, but at least it raised some interesting discussions. I wrote about a half-dozen pieces for FilmCatcher, which I’d like to see available to readers. But that’s just a tiny percentage of the material that Damon provided. I’m sure he and Cristina Garza didn’t put all that time into seeing their work completely vanish from the memory of the Internet. Let’s hope it returns.