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HBO’s Upcoming MoviePass Documentary is a Must-see for Fans of Tech Trainwrecks

The rise and fall of MoviePass is one of those stories that just begs for a documentary, and HBO has you covered. The platform has just set May 29th as its premiere date a documentary film directed by filmmaker Muta’Ali and .

The film chronicles the “meteoric rise and strange implosion” of the movie ticket subscription platform that originally roiled the world when it first launched in 2011. However, it didn’t take long for the company to realize that the “all you can eat” approach that works very well with gyms and other membership clubs, especially given the low price of the service. In just eight years, the company became the fastest-growing subscription service since Spotify.

As the trailer shows, the documentary will feature interviews with many of the key players involved in the various phases of MoviePass. This includes original co-founder Stacy Spikes and former CEO Mitch Lowe. There will also be numerous interviews with journalists who have covered the service, FTC employees and former subscribers. By the way, the trailer promises an anecdote in which a customer sent a box of poop to the MoviePass offices, and we don’t want to miss it.

Although the documentary premieres May 29th at 9pm ET on HBO, it will also be available on-demand via Max. Director Muta’Ali has made some good documentaries including Yusuf Hawkins: Storm over Brooklyn And Cassius X: Becoming Ali.

As for MoviePass, it’s a long and complicated story. The app captured the hearts of theatergoers in 2011 by promising unlimited moviegoing for a single monthly subscription fee. The love affair didn’t last. The company ceased operations in 2019 and filed for bankruptcy in 2020. Between these dates there was, among other things, securities fraud and . In short, it’s perfect fodder for a documentary.

MoviePass. Co-founder Spikes recently purchased the company’s assets, brought in new investors and . However, the updated pricing model with credits and tiers is a bit confusing and doesn’t seem to have caught lightning in a bottle for the second time.

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