NEWER POST

Miracle on 34th: The Lights on 34th Street

OLDER POST

What We Can Learn from the Annapolis Thanksgiving Day Stabbing, Or How I...

Culture, Featured

Non-profit Baltimore Video Collective Wants to Fill a Cultural Void

2 Written by: | Monday, Nov 26, 2012 12:31pm

I know I’m not the only one who experienced a lifestyle shift after Video Americain closed its Charles Village location — I used to spend my afternoons talking movies and local cultural happenings with the many friendly and interesting clerks there. Now when my son Asher gets cranky in our cramped apartment, he’s more likely to be consoled by YouTube videos of Elmo than by a brisk walk to the 3100 block of St. Paul.

And there were of course the videos themselves. If you don’t have a car and you’re too scared to pirate, there aren’t really a lot of options. (I’m in the middle of a free month of Netflix Instant and let me tell you, it sucks.)

Luckily for all of us, a group of ambitious, passionate Baltimoreans have taken up the cause. The Baltimore Video Collective is a non-profit group looking to set up a “worker-owned rental store that operates on a membership basis,” as well as a facility to hold screenings and educational programs.

Their website doesn’t yet list the titles in their growing collection, but I happen to know that one BVC member seized an opportunity to buy near-mint copies of most of the DVDs in the Criterion Collection at a yard sale a month or two back, so they’re off to a good start.

To raise money and awareness, the BVC is holding a launch party at the Wind Up Space December 1, with music by BFB favorites Horse Lords and Peals (Bruce from Double Dagger and William from Future Islands), comedy from Mickey Free and Ben O’Brien (yes that Ben O’Brien), videos by Alan Resnick, and DJing by Secret Weapon Dave. Tickets are eight dollars, five if you donate a DVD or blu-ray in good condition

Leave a Reply

  • dandeacon

    Netflix Instant does totally suck. its basically a streaming service for movies sold in gas stations.

  • Miss rumphius

    All Baltimore county public libraries have extensive DVD collections. They can be checked out for 7 days. Classics and TV series are free. No membership fee required.



NEWER POST

Miracle on 34th: The Lights on 34th Street

OLDER POST

What We Can Learn from the Annapolis Thanksgiving Day Stabbing, Or How I...

Most Comments This Week

13

OxyClean and Oxycontin: The Mothership Visits Boston

Written by Marion Winik

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 9:26am

3

What Baltimore Emojis Should There Be?

Written by Rachel Monroe

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 12:50pm

2

1

Baltimoreans Have Terrible Commutes

Written by Rachel Monroe

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 9:34am

Recent Comments

Millicent
Time: Ravens Have the Best Home-Field Advantage in Professional Sports

"Well, we have a LOT of pent-up energy from the eleven years between the Colts' departure...

Millicent
What Do West Baltimore Residents Blame for the Spike in Violence

"I don't think there's any doubt that our mayor sacrificed the police in order to try to...

Bill Mcallen
What Should Maryland’s New License Plates Look Like?

"Slogan: God Bless You All Real Good. Famous Louis Goldstein saying. Design: Maryland...

Vicky Koronios
Red Line

"Well put Elizabeth. But the point is that Baltimore politics and transportation...

Joe Hurd
What Should Maryland’s New License Plates Look Like?

"love it - as a license plate collector (living in Fla. - where our redesign contest...