On the news that FilmStruck
has been struck down, fans — including Hollywood directors Barry Jenkins
, Guillermo del Toro
and Rian Johnson
— vented their shock, sadness and anger on social media.
FilmStruck will cease operations on Nov. 29 after two years in operation, Turner
and Warner Bros. Digital Networks
announced Friday. The move comes amid a strategic shift to mainstream direct-to-consumer entertainment services by WarnerMedia, which is now owned by At&T
The service hosted hundreds of classic, arthouse, indie and foreign films — many of them exclusively, including titles from the Criterion Collection catalog.
Jenkins, Oscar-winning director of “Moonlight
,” initially tweeted a one-word, all-caps reaction to FilmStruck’s imminent closure: “F—.”
He followed with a more thoughtful post, saying about the FilmStruck team, “these were flesh and blood people who really, truly cared about the work they were doing and the people who made and appreciated film.”
Like… I went into @FilmStruck a