Today's news that David Hudson's essential film blog is shutting down is a terrible blow for film culture.
Inside word was that the traffic for the site wasn't up to IFC TV's expectations. Well, I haven't said this to any of my friends over there, but why can't corporate sibling IFC Films take it on? It would be a great asset for their (eventual) new site and a wonderful way to harness attention not only for their own films but to provide crucial insights within the broader context of international cinema. Argh, a guy can dream...
David Hudson, first at GreenCine and then briefly at IFC, was simply the best filter of news, perspectives and insights on cinema. No questions asked. And, he vows to return:
That doesn't mean I'll stop doing what I do; I've been dreaming up a new format and, if all goes according to plan, it'll be rolling out slowly in two phases at an entity that'll be named when that entity's good and ready.
I hope he keeps that promise.
In the meantime, what can or should be done to try and fill the gap??