When I created Duke & the Movies back in November of 2009 I could’ve never conceived that it would grow and prosper into what it is now: a renowned website where hundreds of people who love the movies frequent every day. Beyond what has been accomplished on this small space that I call my Internet home, my writing – and your enthusiastic and constant support – has turned a hobby into a profession.
After three years of dedication, constant contemplation of movies, and struggling to find just the right words to articulate my opinions, Duke & the Movies has opened many proverbial doors in the world of film criticism.
Obtaining jobs at numerous outlets (chief among them Anomalous Material and Fan the Fire Magazine) has propelled my career upward. In a rare, beautiful blend of your support and my writing, I’ve had some wonderful experiences and opportunities covering the medium that connects us all: the movies.
What I’m getting to, in an irrefutably long-winded way, is that Duke & the Movies will soon be closing up shop in the coming months. It’s hard for me to type that sentence and not get sentimental.
However, this is not the end, but merely the beginning. The beginning of something new, something greater than what could ever be accomplished on this site.
Coming in the new-year, the Movie Mezzanine will go up. I’m the founder, creator, and editor-in-chief of this proud publication. And with this new Internet home, I hope each and every one of you loyal readers will come along for the ride.
The significant difference between Duke & the Movies and Movie Mezzanine is that there will be a staff intact. We have writers based around the globe, from New York City to Australia to London to Austin to Los Angeles. My hope, however, is to make the Mezzanine (an all-encompassing site with a broader reach) every bit as personal and sincere as what I’ve done here.
Duke & the Movies will continue to churn out content for at least another month. Hopefully this post will serve as an explanation as to why things have been a little slow around here lately.
Without romanticizing the past three years too much, I can’t thank you readers enough for what you’ve done for me. Writing the conclusion to this chapter is every bit as difficult as starting a new one. We’ve had good times, frustrating times, argumentative times, and exciting times. I have no regrets of spending so much of my energy and life with the movies, with my readers, and with this site. As with any new endeavor, I’m terrified by the prospect of leaving this all behind. And yet, I’m elated by the multitude of possibilites for the future.
Life continues, and so does this journey. Duke & the Movies is the natural stepping stone to something unique and creative. So, just as this door closes, another opens.
I care for you all deeply, and look forward to seeing you at the opening of Movie Mezzanine in the coming weeks. Here’s our twitter account for everyone to stay up to date: @MovieMezzanine
From your friend …
~ Sam Fragoso