Join Tom Roston, author of I Lost it at the Video Store, actor-director Tim Blake Nelson and Aaron Hillis of Video Free Brooklyn, as well as some special guests, who will talk about how the video store influenced a generation of filmmakers creatively and financially, as well as discuss the good and bad of Netflix and the future of streaming. Drinks courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories and Boat Bar!
About I Lost it at the Video Store:
For a generation, video stores were to filmmakers what bookstores were to writers. They were the salons where many of today's best directors first learned their craft. The art of discovery that video stores encouraged through the careful curation of clerks was the fertile, if sometimes fetid, soil from which today's film world sprung. Video stores were also the financial engine without which the indie film movement wouldn't have existed.
In I Lost it at the Video Store, Tom Roston interviews the filmmakers—including John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and Allison Anders—who came of age during the reign of video rentals, and constructs a living, personal narrative of an era of cinema history which, though now gone, continues to shape film culture today.
Tom Roston is a journalist whose work appears in The New York Times, The Guardian, Spin, The Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter, among other publications. A former senior editor at Premiere magazine, he also writes a weekly blog about documentaries for PBS' award-winning POV website. He lives in Brooklyn.