Eric Allen Hatch

Eric Allen Hatch

is creating BEYOND THE BOONMEMES

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Hi! I'm Eric, and I'm cinephilic. I've worked for two decades as a film curator and critic, the last 11 as director of programming for Maryland Film Festival, where I took a leading role in growing the organization from a small regional fest to a key voice in the independent film world.

Many of you are likely here because you read my Filmmaker Magazine piece Why I Am Hopeful, which took a hard look at systemic issues in U.S. independent film festivals and venues, and offered some concrete solutions. Just as many of you probably know me as @ericallenhatch on IG and Twitter, where I've photoshopped Paul Blart into Uncle Boonmee and meme'd everything from Moonlight to The Passion of Joan of Arc. This'll be a fun and engaged place for both critical minds and meme-hounds—and chances are that you, like me, have both those lobes inside you. 

Each Monday, I publish a new edition of 2 Film 2 Festival, in which I draw on my 20 years of attending and programming festivals to profile a deep cut of visionary world cinema. Once a week (usually on Thursdays), I run a Paul Blart: Video Clerk session, where I take prompts from donors and give them personalized viewing recommendations based on their all-time or recent favorite films and what they're in the mood to see. I also publish original articles here (see a list of recent highlights below), as well as keep a running tally of my top tweets of all time.

HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT CONTENT:
16 Flippant Tips For Getting Accepted By Film Festivals

What Fassbinder Means to Me, In Words and Memes

Beautiful Things Smaller: The Forgotten Past and Unwritten Future of Baltimore's Historic Movie Theaters

My Interview on the excellent Supporting Characters Podcast

Cinema Without Safety Goggles (a personal essay for Metrograph)

The Incredible Story of Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society

My Top #Tweets (maintained and updated regularly)

What Apichatpong Weerasethakul Means to Me, In Words and Memes

2 Film 2 Festival: The First Fifteen Films

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Origin Story: Early this year I took stock of my work situation and realized that I was in an unsustainably toxic situation. Understaffed and under-resourced, I was working hundreds of days in a row, 10 or more hours a day. This resulted in several years of anxiety and extreme insomnia that had a significant impact on my physical and mental health, and in February 2018 I decided I'd had enough and very abruptly quit. I'm much happier and healthier now! Turns out sleep feels good. 

I created this space to express myself and engage with other film lovers while I seek a new year-round gig in film programming, distribution, or funding (like-minded and solidly resourced organizations, holler!). That said, it's taken on a cool life of its own, and I definitely plan to continue Beyond the Boonmemes once I find a new day job.

If it's not for you, hey, I get it! If you're reading this because I've created value for you in the past, but this doesn't interest you, you could always tip me on Venmo, or just keep it moving. Either way, thanks for reading! And: THANK YOU to all the donors who've signed on!
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Paul Blart: Coffee Purveyor
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See the content! Unlock and read everything I've ever posted or ever will post here, including all articles, memes, AMAs, and the weekly features PAUL BLART: VIDEO CLERK and 2 FILM 2 FESTIVAL!
2 Uncle 2 Boonmee
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See and engage with the content! Unlock, read, and interact everything I've ever posted or ever will post here, including all articles, memes, AMAs, and the weekly features PAUL BLART: VIDEO CLERK (personalized viewing recommendations based on YOUR taste) and 2 FILM 2 FESTIVAL (profiles of visionary world-cinema deep cuts that deserve more recognition and discussion)!
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You wish to, for whatever reason, give me more money than suggested. It is noticed and appreciated! Of course, you get all of the above benefits. Please only choose this option if it won't be too much of a financial pinch for you. 
Hi! I'm Eric, and I'm cinephilic. I've worked for two decades as a film curator and critic, the last 11 as director of programming for Maryland Film Festival, where I took a leading role in growing the organization from a small regional fest to a key voice in the independent film world.

Many of you are likely here because you read my Filmmaker Magazine piece Why I Am Hopeful, which took a hard look at systemic issues in U.S. independent film festivals and venues, and offered some concrete solutions. Just as many of you probably know me as @ericallenhatch on IG and Twitter, where I've photoshopped Paul Blart into Uncle Boonmee and meme'd everything from Moonlight to The Passion of Joan of Arc. This'll be a fun and engaged place for both critical minds and meme-hounds—and chances are that you, like me, have both those lobes inside you. 

Each Monday, I publish a new edition of 2 Film 2 Festival, in which I draw on my 20 years of attending and programming festivals to profile a deep cut of visionary world cinema. Once a week (usually on Thursdays), I run a Paul Blart: Video Clerk session, where I take prompts from donors and give them personalized viewing recommendations based on their all-time or recent favorite films and what they're in the mood to see. I also publish original articles here (see a list of recent highlights below), as well as keep a running tally of my top tweets of all time.

HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT CONTENT:
16 Flippant Tips For Getting Accepted By Film Festivals

What Fassbinder Means to Me, In Words and Memes

Beautiful Things Smaller: The Forgotten Past and Unwritten Future of Baltimore's Historic Movie Theaters

My Interview on the excellent Supporting Characters Podcast

Cinema Without Safety Goggles (a personal essay for Metrograph)

The Incredible Story of Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society

My Top #Tweets (maintained and updated regularly)

What Apichatpong Weerasethakul Means to Me, In Words and Memes

2 Film 2 Festival: The First Fifteen Films

______________________________________________________________

Origin Story: Early this year I took stock of my work situation and realized that I was in an unsustainably toxic situation. Understaffed and under-resourced, I was working hundreds of days in a row, 10 or more hours a day. This resulted in several years of anxiety and extreme insomnia that had a significant impact on my physical and mental health, and in February 2018 I decided I'd had enough and very abruptly quit. I'm much happier and healthier now! Turns out sleep feels good. 

I created this space to express myself and engage with other film lovers while I seek a new year-round gig in film programming, distribution, or funding (like-minded and solidly resourced organizations, holler!). That said, it's taken on a cool life of its own, and I definitely plan to continue Beyond the Boonmemes once I find a new day job.

If it's not for you, hey, I get it! If you're reading this because I've created value for you in the past, but this doesn't interest you, you could always tip me on Venmo, or just keep it moving. Either way, thanks for reading! And: THANK YOU to all the donors who've signed on!

Recent posts by Eric Allen Hatch

Tiers
Paul Blart: Coffee Purveyor
$1.50 or more per month
See the content! Unlock and read everything I've ever posted or ever will post here, including all articles, memes, AMAs, and the weekly features PAUL BLART: VIDEO CLERK and 2 FILM 2 FESTIVAL!
2 Uncle 2 Boonmee
$2.50 or more per month
See and engage with the content! Unlock, read, and interact everything I've ever posted or ever will post here, including all articles, memes, AMAs, and the weekly features PAUL BLART: VIDEO CLERK (personalized viewing recommendations based on YOUR taste) and 2 FILM 2 FESTIVAL (profiles of visionary world-cinema deep cuts that deserve more recognition and discussion)!
STAR-CHILD BAE
$5 or more per month
You wish to, for whatever reason, give me more money than suggested. It is noticed and appreciated! Of course, you get all of the above benefits. Please only choose this option if it won't be too much of a financial pinch for you.