The TCM Classic Film Festival, a haven for movie buffs from all over the world, has set up shop in Hollywood through May 1st, and stars such as Gina Lollobrigida, Elliott Gould, Stacy Keach, and Faye Dunaway are all taking part in the celebration.

Along with the fest, a big focus of TCM is the fall launch of Film Struck, a streaming service that is a collaboration with the folks over at Criterion Collection.

During this week’s TCM Classic Film Festival press conference, held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, TCM general manager Jennifer Dorian described Film Struck as an “immersive” experience which will spearheaded by trusted TCM Senior Vice President of Programming Charles Tabesh.

Charlie is going to be programming it with the same programming team that we have at TCM,” said Dorian. ” So the deep, curatorial knowledge, the expertise, the appreciation, the mining and finding bonus content and rare footage, audio commentaries, photo galleries and articles and reviews – it’s going to be a deep immersive experience.The Criterion Collection people are amazing, in their own right, at curation and research and restoration. So this is a very happy (collaboration).”

Tabesh added that extra content on Film Struck will feature hosts (“in many instances, if not all”) to help introduce and/or provide commentary for the films as well as other “ways of providing context thoughtfully.” Such indie studios as Janus Films, Icarus, Kino, Zeitgeist, Flicker Alley, and Icarus will have their movies featured on Film Struck, with Hollywood studios including Warner Bros. (the studio’s Warner Archive Collection is the gold standard for silver screen classics) also providing movies for the streaming service.

For a teaser trailer and more information on Film Struck, please go to its official site.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi