Its 6:14 pm
As I mentioned in my review of “Oh Lucy!”,my local Family Video store is closing. The process started at the beginning at November and its going through to the end of the month.
Its been a real bittersweet ride as the store helped me keep me sane the past 5 years.
I have gotten to know some of the staff and have really grown to care about them,they have treated myself very generously and with much kindness.
When I came across “Video World- The Death of a Video Store” while surfing You Tube,it struck a chord with me and so I decided to watch this 15 minute documentary by film maker Ben Churchill.
Video World was a small video that managed to stay in business for 23 years in Woodbury,Connecticut. Churchill used to work the store and when he heard it was closing,he asked if he could film the last 45 days that the store would be open.
Despite the sad subject matter,I thought this was a great little documentary,Churchill captures what the old mom and pops videos used to offer,friendly people,a chance to discover both latest blockbuster but also take a leap of faith on that indie film you read about but your small town theater didn’t play.
The kids (and parents) being somewhat overwhelmed by all the choices and then more often then not,picking something that they had already watched 20 times. (Yes Phil,I’m looking at you and that damn “American Ninja” movie).
I really was touched by how affected the customers were,the older ones who really relished going to the video store and maybe running across some friends or hosting a movie night themselves.
I made four trips to the store that is closing by me and I heard the same reactions,people upset that the store is closing and wondering if that meant the stores were as well. Its hard to say as this is now the third Family Video store to close in SE Michigan in the past three months. A chain that once boasted have over 700 stores is down to 690 and its more likely it will keep going down which is a shame because there a lot of film buffs out here.
This documentary is on 15 minutes long and its worth a look,if you don’t like being conditioned to what you are watching and rather discover new and exciting stories,unplug yourself from the streaming services and go support your local video store.