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The Future of Online Film Journalism

Devin Faraci and I have sparred online on numerous occasions, but I’ve always found my in-person interactions with him to be agreeable and engaging. This evening, he was in town to help out with Drafthouse Films’ first movie, Four Lions. Luckily, I had a chance to catch up with Devin in his hotel room and chat extensively with him about a variety of topics, including his new website and the future of online film journalism.

There were a number of issues on which we both agreed:

  • The current market cannot sustain the glut of current online film websites. Eventually, only a few will emerge as the most prominent and worthy of attention.
  • Writers should try to avoid writing for free for someone else, whenever possible. There are a variety of reasons for this, some of which Devin discusses.
  • As geek culture has gone mainstream, the place of online film websites has gotten extremely murky.
  • Film websites will need to do more than just rehash news from other film websites in order to stay relevant and interesting.

Here’s the audio of our chat:


  • Jon

    Why has Devin never been a guest on the slashfilmcast? Missed opportunity.

  • Devin has been on several times, Jon. Thanks for listening!

  • Interesting podcast on so many levels, I've blogged for two years now at my own site, and while we do write film news (you have to in order to get the numbers – who doesn't?) we do also try to include unique editorial content/reviews etc to keep it fresh and different.

    It's interesting to hear that you guys also think the market is flooded, one thing I noticed when I started out is that the US are much further ahead in how they use the internet (I'm based in the UK), particularly with film news websites. Two years ago in the UK I think I could have named three or four movie websites tops, since I started out two years ago, a flood of new blogs have appeared in the UK and competition has really hotted up.

    It'll be interesting to see where things go from here, but I do agree that the US market is close to saturation point, and I think the UK, being a smaller market, isn't far behind either – I wonder which sites will make the cut and still be around in another two years time?