Film Threat under the gun

Citing difficulties attracting funding, Chris Gore, publisher of indie film mag Film Threat, acknowledged what many subscribers already suspected: The 12-year-old magazine has halted operations.

While Gore said the mag is on “temporary hiatus,” he has been unable to come up with a reported $500,000 it needs to continue operating. Although announcement of the decision did not come until last week, the April/May issue was the first issue not to press.

In a message posted on the magazine’s Website, Gore addressed the situation, noting that material slotted for that issue would be run at a later date, either in an annual edition or a special issue.

Gore wrote that he had two choices available: wait for the money or fold the magazine altogether. He asked whether subscribers were willing to wait up to six months for the mag to return and wrote that he’d like Film Threat to return in the fall but “there’s no guarantee.”

If the magazine never returns, Gore wrote that its online Web site, its weekly e-mail service and its video distribution outlet would continue to operate.

Gore founded Film Threat in 1985 in Detroit as a fanzine for the indie and underground film community. He later sold it to Larry Flynt Publications in 1991, only to buy it back form the Hustler publisher last year.

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