My Humble Share of Aspiring Letterboxd Filmmakers (And THE Noble Cause to Defend "Amateur" Cinema)

"The labourer is worthy of his hire."
-Luke 10:7

TMDb's recent deletion of what they have subjectively called "amateur" films (please imagine that word in infinite quotation marks) under the pretext that they are a "professional" movie database (please imagine that word in a bigger quantity of quotation marks) has threatened dozens of amazing aspiring filmmakers, including many Letterboxd users, with an imminent deletion of their work.

This takes me back to a relevant scene of a ridiculously clichéd and glossy movie called Mona Lisa Smile (2003), in which they discuss what can be considered art and what cannot. The scene had the honorable intention of challenging the conservative definitions of art based on the feelings emanated from the spectator…

  • Here Even So
  • Hide and Go Seek
  • Eye Contact
  • Landscape
  • Boys After Exam
  • Empty Spaces
  • A Walk
  • Exit
  • Thoughtless
  • Betrayals & Bullets: Hard Retribution
  • Betrayals & Bullets: The Dame
  • Nightfall
  • Holler
  • Mr. Landlord
  • First Day of Class
  • Lunch in the Park
  • My Life as a Student
  • Juliet the Vagabond
  • Iris
  • Branded
  • A Personal Journey Through Cinema History with Thomas Pollock
  • The Ego Death
  • Clean Colored Wire
  • The Red Trees