Vidiots, one of the last great video stores remaining, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to “bring video store culture into the next era with new programs and initiatives.” Seeking $65,000, the store has already received nearly $4,000 as of this writing. Among the many filmmakers, actors and other figures from the film industry who will be lending their support to Vidiots is Alfre Woodard, whose brief testimonial (below) was provided exclusively to Indiewire.
“Vidiots is film school without tuition, filmmaker lab with no application form, VIP room open to all, the rare, inclusive space where master filmmakers and budding cinephiles interact and inspire one another,” says Executive Director Maggie Mackay. First opened in 1985, the store is home to more than 50,000 titles and frequently hosts screenings, interviews and other events.
Among the rewards for contributing to the campaign are postcards autographed by celebrity supporters ($50), the ability to curate an entire section of the store ($200) and having Vidiots’ 11,000-title VHS library named in your honor.