(Technically, this post doesn't exactly fit with the "food, free, flora, fauna" theme of Fresh-Picked. But it is film, so at least it's still alliterative. And it's an idea for something to do this weekend, so I hope you can still use the info in this slight site detour.)
International Independent Video Store Day is tomorrow, Saturday, October 19th. As this post on Scarecrow Video's blog puts it, "Yep, that's a thing."
The post also has a call for help from Scarecrow's owners. As you can imagine, it is a difficult time for independent video store owners, and it sounds like despite their efforts to diversify their offerings, it's still not looking so good. They need the support and help from their community.
This came at a weirdly synchronous time for me. A million years ago, I went to film school. I wanted to be a director. I wasn't, though, really ready for the experience, and after spending too much money on an independent short after college, I retreated. Eventually, I have kind of stopped watching films entirely.
Partly it was because of that history, partly it was because the internet has destroyed my already ADD-addled attention span, partly it's because the advent of quality TV like The Sopranos has spoiled me. I am no longer as satisfied with just two hours with characters. I want to live with them! For episodes and seasons and years! I think of it as being akin to my aversion to short stories and love of novels. It might sound counterintuitive for someone with attention span issues, but somehow the longer form finally seems to get my restlessness under control, and I can then settle into a long period hyperfocus on the bigger stories of novels and long show series.
But this week, while a friend was in town, I put on one of my favorite movies - Rear Window - and found myself just thoroughly enjoying the experience. I didn't multi-task (well, I mainly didn't multi-task; I did take advantage of the evocative soundtrack to make one short Instagram video), I just settled into a good old story for a couple hours. And it made me think, ok, maybe I should get back into doing this more often.
Anyway, so after that experience, and reading about the struggles Scarecrow is having (it had been my favorite rental place in town back when I was watching more), I am going to make an effort to get over there this weekend and to patronize it more frequently. I think I'm going to get The French Connection, The Conversation, and some other '70's favorites, maybe even some that don't feature Gene Hackman. It's Halloween season, a perfect time to watch a favorite creepy movie like Santa Sangre. And if I decide I still can't stick it out with movies, Scarecrow has tons of TV series available for rent anyway. Either way, I ike Scarecrow and I'm going to make an effort to patronize them more.
If you love movies and local businesses and having more options and diversity in your movie-watching life, maybe take a trip to Scarecrow yourself, either tomorrow for the special day, or soon. Check out the post for some of the ways you can help support Scarecrow!