Watch: Full Trailer for Tom Roston's 'I Lost It at the Video Store' Book
"After we lost it at the movies, a later era of cinephiles lost it at the video store, and this is their story in their words – nostalgic, vivid, and important, because video germinated a new generation of great filmmakers." -Peter Biskind. There's a new book out on shelves today called I Lost It at the Video Store, from Tom Roston, subtitled "A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era". In the book, Roston collects interviews and discussions from various prominent filmmakers discussing the era of the video store and video rentals. It seems to be a nice companion to that VHS documentary Rewind This! from a few years ago. With the book's release this week, they've also debuted a trailer featuring some of the audio recordings.
Official synopsis: "For a generation, video stores were to filmmakers what bookstores were to writers. They were the salons where many of today’s best directors first learned their craft. The art of discovery that video stores encouraged through the careful curation of clerks was the fertile, if sometimes fetid, soil from which today's film world sprung. Video stores were also the financial engine without which the independent film movement wouldn't have existed. In I Lost it at the Video Store, author Tom Roston interviews the filmmakers–including John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and Allison Anders–who came of age during the reign of video rentals, and constructs a living, personal narrative of an era of cinema history which, though now gone, continues to shape film culture today." The book was released today (September 24th) and is now available in most book stores everywhere.
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
An homage to a dead (but still warm) culture....looks like a good toilet-side book. ....and why is Kevin Smith always the voice of authority when it comes to pop culture? After Tusk I can't listen to him without cringing.
TheOct8pus on Sep 24, 2015
Jesus that title and everything about the default image in the video player make this look like some kinda serial killer / rapist horror movie.
davidshaw on Sep 24, 2015
Or just like Instagram for video.
DAVIDPD on Sep 24, 2015
Sounds like they recorded a phone call with the guy.
Jason Scarpelli on Sep 24, 2015
When Kevin Smith gets it right, the man gets it RIGHT!! // This looks like a pass for me. I never grew up with independent VHS stores, so it does not resonant at all. BUT, I could see how others could be quite passionate over video cassette stores.
DAVIDPD on Sep 24, 2015
I never grew up during WWII or in Vietnam or during the height of Rome or during the coke craze of the 1970s but you know what...I still watched movies about those times and places and learned something. Good to know you can only watch movies about your own life...home made porn?
cg on Sep 25, 2015
Nice. You seem like a wise and understanding individual.
DAVIDPD on Sep 25, 2015
I cried during this trailer.
tommyturner on Sep 24, 2015
Nice trailer and I support it, of course. I myself lost good portion of my life spending picking hundreds of movies on VHS. But, unfortunately, the whole thing about VHS stores was always business, money at its usual brutal moment. Internet killed those stores, everybody knows that and every culture related to it. And it will kill any other cultural thing. Movies, are, sadly, very much about the money. Probably more today than ever ...
shiboleth on Sep 27, 2015
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