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At the Video Store
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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At the Video Store
Wed Jan 15: 7.00pm
Thu Jan 16: 7.30pm

James Westby
1h 12m
Series - Visiting Artists
Visiting Artist
** Director James Westby in attendance Jan. 15! Westby will be joined for a post-film discussion by Jamie Han and Kate Barr of Scarecrow Video, along with former employees Rhias Hall and Paige Fukuhara, who are featured in the film **

An underground community of lovable weirdos has preserved the endangered species of mom n pop video rental stores across the United States. Alans Alley in New York, Movie Madness in Portland, Scarecrow Video in Seattle, Le Video in San Francisco, Odd Obsession Movies in Chicago; each has stayed valiantly afloat amid the rising tide of automated rentals and streaming services. At the Video Store is a loving ode to the dying art of connection and curation these independent rental outlets served a generation of Americans.

Director James Westby weaves together the macro-narrative of the industrys changing business model with the intimate memories of store owners and cinema icons like John Waters, Nicole Holofcener, Gus Van Sant, and Bill Hader. A vibrant original soundtrack including songs performed by Laura Veirs, Liz Vice, Storm Large, Wonderly, and Mo Troper crystalizes the communitys underground spirit. While nostalgic for what was lost, the film is hopeful about what neighborhood video stores can still offer a world starved for novelty and authentic human interaction.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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