If I’m reading this correctly:
Since January 1, 2019, there is no copyright on films 95 years old or older. (There are also quite a few newer films in the public domain as well.)
We could publish these films in their entirety accompanied by a blog post as part of the Culture Pledge ‘Free Film Project’.
The more unique part that ties in deeper with monetization is that we also create very short edits (5-15 min cuts) of each film for paid subscribers.
These would be similar to this edit I did (years ago but published recently) of the film Rounders (w/o copyright. sue me.):
However it’d hopefully be done via Culture Pledge and not YouTube.
The reason I think it’s an idea with significant cultural value is that it’s impossible for people today to go back and experience all past classic films in their entirety. A short cut can still get across the narrative, showcase the true feeling and best moments/shots in the film, and open up a conversation. And of course the full length film is right there too, so in a way the paid edited version acts like a teaser.
Traffic on this would grow slow and steady as the collection grew. Quite a few good films were released in the 1925-1930 era featuring Buster Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks, Joan Crawford, etc. so it could be something worthwhile to start now.
[EDIT: How could I forget Charlie Chaplin!?]
My feeling is we’d need to hire a film buff who’s a good editor. I’ll ask around. Do you know anyone?