Started “on a whim” back in 2009, Bright Wall/Dark Room is an online film magazine that supports “personal, creative responses to films.” They’re a publication that consistently puts out quality film writing from a wide variety of writers with diverse backgrounds in academia, literature, and fine art. Bright Wall/Dark Room specializes in publishing writing that doesn’t conform to the standard “review” format, but instead focuses on long-form creative essay writing that’s personal and humanistic. You can’t read full articles without a subscription, but you can sample the enticing beginnings of Sabina Stent on “The Seven Year Itch,” and you can read Kelsey Ford’s piece on “Rear Window” cross-posted to RogerEbert.com.
But now, Bright Wall/Dark Room needs your help (yes, your help). Over at Patreon, Bright Wall/Dark Room is asking for donations so they can “continue to put out an online film magazine of the highest possible quality on a monthly basis and to find a way to make that sustainable — to pay not only our overhead costs but the hard-working & talented writers, editors, and artists that contribute to each issue as well.” They have a set a goal of $1000/month that will go to hosting fees, marketing, paying an editorial staff and writers, and business expenses. If they can reach this goal, Bright Wall/Dark Room can continue forever and ever.
In the grand scheme of things, $1000/month really isn’t that much money, especially if it’s spread out amongst many donors. Plus, in an age when a publication like The Dissolve can shut down on a random Wednesday, honest-to-God good film writing needs all the help it can get. So, if you were one of the many people online or in person bemoaning the state of film criticism today, put your money where your mouth is and support Bright Wall/Dark Room.