This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from the Baltimore Video Collective with their plans for a non-profit video store called Beyond Video. Baltimore was the closest city to me growing up and to this day it remains one of my favorite places so when I found out about this project I was all over it. I’m a huge supporter of physical media when it comes to film, and am a staunch believer in the video store and why it still has a place in this digital age we live in.
This Kickstarter Campaign will go towards renovations on a storefront that will house a massive collection of movies, and better yet, will run as a non-profit with all proceeds going back into maintaining the store. So if you live in Baltimore, know someone who does, or if you just want to support the survival of the video store, be sure to click here and send a donation their way. They’re looking to get $30,000 in the next 17 days as of this writing, so donate today!
A great video store is so much more than a place of business. The best video stores offer an immersive experience in every era, genre, and region of film culture. Like great bookstores and record stores, video stores are centers of entertainment, learning, and discovery; a record of our cultural history; and an exciting social space where friendships, ideas, and collaborations are born. For many filmmakers, critics, students, and others who make their living with film as well as passionate cinephiles, video stores are as essential as theaters, libraries, and film schools. Sadly, over the last few years, Baltimore’s last great video stores have closed their doors. We think video stores are worth fighting for.