It may be hard for non-New Yorkers to fathom -- heck, it may even be
hard for New Yorkers to fathom -- but the city has been lacking in an
honest to goodness video store for cinephiles, for cult heads, for
progressive families, for curious kids, for quite a while now. Yes, one
location for Kim's Video is still around, but talk to ScreenAnarchy's own
Dustin Chang -- who used to work there back in his pony-tail days -- and
he will tell you it is not what it once was. And sure Two Boots still
has their little corner, albeit in a new location, but... it just
ain't... well it just ain't what Aaron Hillis is aiming for.
Hillis, is a film critic and the curator of DUMBOS's reRun Gastropub Theater (a place where I caught the Czech New Wave wonder Daisies
for free recently). He and his wife recently purchased Video Free
Brooklyn in Cobble Hill (or Carrol Gardens depending on who you're
talking to), a neighborhood you may recognize from the now defunct Jason
Schwartzman show Bored to Death
, or if you're a dream-thief of some kind, my very own daydreams, as I've always wanted to live there.
what does Hillis want to do with his old-but-new video store? Why turn
it into a fantastic, community-backed, filmmaker-energized,
family-friendly, geek-haven. IE the spot in Brooklyn, if not the whole
five boroughs, to come and celebrate cinema in. Rent classics or rare
flicks from the savviest of the film savy, attend panels and screenings,
get projects because you're talking with the coolest like-minded
fellows of all-time.
Now of course Hillis can't do this alone.
And he's isn't either. Thus far in their efforts to turn Video Free
Brooklyn into paradise on earth, Hillis has had the help and support of
Robert Downey Sr. David Cross, Patton Oswalt and Bobcat Goldhwait. And
if you step in and give a little love Hillis' way, you may be so lucky
to get a private screening hosted by Tobias Funke himself. Or free
rentals for one year. Take a look at the video below, and check out http://www.indiegogo.com/vfb
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