How the film industry has adapted to social media
The Hollywood Reporter was one of the first media outlets to report on the death of Tyler Durden, a former star of the AMC hit drama Breaking Bad, who was found dead in his Santa Clarita home last year.
The death was ruled a suicide.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce called for “a national conversation” about social media suicide, while the American Association of Cinematographers said social media platforms should create more “social norms” and make suicide more accessible.
Cinema Carousel, a production company that specializes in the use of social media, has taken on a number of new roles for its films.
The company has produced an acclaimed drama about the death and rebirth of an old Los Angeles nightclub, The Bitter End, as well as a drama about an elderly man’s suicide, The Life After Death, and an action thriller, The Final Cut.
Kendall Square Cinema, which operates more than 1,000 movie screens across the country, announced it was closing its doors this summer, citing a change in the film business climate.
The theater said in a statement that it was “taking a significant financial hit” and would “continue to operate independently” to help support its employees.
Clarks Cinema, an entertainment venue that specializes to showcase films, announced in December that it would close its doors, saying that the business was facing a difficult financial environment and that it couldn’t survive on its own.
Amber Krumholz, a social media manager for the American Film Institute, said the industry has to learn to work with social media as it has been.
“We have to be aware of what’s going on with our audiences,” Krumhelz said.
“We need to be able to help them understand how they can help others, so that when they’re trying to reach out to us or when they need something, we can be there.”