Testimonials, press & more

We asked DJ Mills what he misses about video stores & he tells us about missing the sense of friendship and community you can form over hunting for the next great thing to watch:
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What do YOU miss about video store culture? Stay tuned for more video testimonials!

The Baltimore City Paper gave us a nice little write-up when our Kickstarter went live.

Stay tuned for more updates, campaign incentives, and video store love. Thanks for the support!

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And we’re rolling!

Thanks to the generous support of many in Baltimore and beyond who’ve donated to our campaign and/or shared it with friends and family, we’ve now made it 10% of the way to our fundraising goal. Yay! We’re overwhelmed with the amount of positive feedback and excitement that our project has been receiving, but we still have a long way to go.

Help us get to our goal by continuing to share the campaign, donate if you haven’t, and send good vibes our way! Thanks again for taking this trip with us to go Beyond Video!

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Update…

We’re very excited to launch our Kickstarter this week! We had planned to go live today, but due to a glitch in The Matrix, aka the Kickstarter approval process, our launch has been delayed for at least another day or two. We’ll let you know as soon as we’re live! In the meantime, check out the awesome rewards that Post-Typography designed for us…

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Thanks so much for your interest & support!

Coming soon…

The Baltimore Video Collective has been steadily working for the past year on searching for a home for our growing collection. After finally locating a space in the Remington neighborhood, we need help from the community to get started. Stay tuned for our Kickstarter and spread the word!

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Many thanks to Post-Typography for designing our new logo!

BVC Update

Thanks to everyone who’s connected with us on social media, not to mention all of you who have made greatly appreciated donations from your video collections as we work to build our inventory. Here’s an update on where we’re at with our project, as well as a request for some help in making it a reality.

We’ve assembled a collection approaching 5,000 unique titles on DVD, VHS, and blu-ray, including a diverse spectrum of classic, independent, documentary, and foreign titles, and we’ve been working hard at cataloging and organizing the collection. We continue to solicit donations, with our primary needs being DVDs and blu-rays; any commercially issued titles on those formats can be taken to the Book Thing, which generously receives video donations on our behalf.

We’re well on our way toward our goal of building a world-class collection worthy of the great video stores of years past, and we feel confident in our ability to crowdsource many thousand more titles to make the collection even more definitive and exciting. But first, we need to find the right location.

Here’s where we need your help. As you might imagine, opening a video store these days is not a proposition that stands to bring in massive revenues, and while we feel confident that our idea for a non-profit video store is viable, finding an affordable space of an appropriate size and location is essential. We’ve put a lot of work into trying to find such a space, but so far we haven’t found the right fit.

Our hope is to find a space of similar size to the great video stores of the 80s and 90s, in a neighborhood such as Station North, south Charles Village, Remington, or Hampden. We think that for our project to work, we need to be in a convenient, central location that is also within, or close to, a shopping district of other independent enterprises. We know this is a tall order, and we’re hoping to connect with a sympathetic landlord to lease a space that meets all the above criteria. At the same time, we also remain open minded to any other location leads, space-sharing scenarios, or other new ideas that might occur to any of you.

Do you have such a space, or know a landlord we should be talking to? Please let us know! We remain very committed to building this collection and making it accessible to the Baltimore community in as affordable and accessible a manner as possible. Any help you can give us in reaching this goal is much appreciated.

THANK YOU!
The BVC

Video Americain & Future Goals

The BVC thanks Video Americain for their 25 years of enriching the cultural life of this city in so many ways. We wish them well with their closing sale and all future endeavors. As many of you may know, the BVC attempted to reach a deal to preserve the essential core of Video Americain’s collection. Everyone involved put time, energy, and care into the negotiations, but ultimately an agreement could not be met. While we’re saddened by this outcome, we remain very dedicated to the mission of keeping video-store culture alive in our city. The closing of the last Video Americain location marks the end of an era. In the coming months we’ll be taking big steps to make our vision of a non-profit video store a reality, and we’ll need your help. Please visit our FAQ for information about donating to our growing collection, and stay tuned for more updates. Thank you so much for supporting Video Americain for 25 years, and for your continued support of our project!

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The members of the Baltimore Video Collective are sad to hear the news that the Cold Spring Lane Video Americain, the last remaining location in the chain, plans to close in the coming months. Video Americain has throughout its long history been a wonderful resource for film lovers, and a major force in the cultural life of this city. We remain hopeful that this collection, or at least key portions of it, may be able to remain in Baltimore, and we are in the process of exploring possibilities towards that goal.