AT THE VIDEO STORE
Director: James Westby
USA / 2019 / 72 min
Introduced by Director James Westby
A melic ode to brick-and-mortar, behind-the-counter culture, and the slowly disappearing video store, whose chance encounters, employee recommendations, and eccentric stock have come to take on a nostalgic glow in an age when ever more sophisticated algorithms keep consumers constricted to their filter bubbles. Original interviews with enthusiasts John Waters, Bill Hader, Thelma Schoonmaker, and others pay tribute to a largely lost local institution alongside interludes of video store-inspired song, but any possible funeral air is offset by At the Video Store’s fleet-footed cutting and charmingly celebratory air: this is a film that’s come to praise, not to bury.