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The Vidiots Foundation is a community hub for anyone passionate about film. We are a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization dedicated to the cinematic and media arts in the form of preserving and protecting our collection of over 50,000 rare and classic VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray titles. We celebrate cinema and the vitality of independent art through education, archival preservation and accessibility. The Vidiots Foundation connects people to experience evolving media, taking video store culture into the 21st century.

Mission: Vidiots is dedicated to cinema through preserving, growing, and providing access to its diverse, 50,000+ title library, showcasing the work of emerging and master artists, and producing impactful education programs and unique film events. An inclusive, one-of-a-kind hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and anyone curious about cinema, Vidiots is bringing video store culture into the 21st Century!

Vidiots
09/30/2019

Vidiots

We can't wait to welcome you back to the video store, and the beautiful Eagle Theatre! Hit our new website (www.vidiotsf...
09/30/2019
Vidiots Sets L.A. Relaunch With Storefront And Independent Theater

We can't wait to welcome you back to the video store, and the beautiful Eagle Theatre! Hit our new website (www.vidiotsfoundation.org), sign up for email blasts, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @vidiots, for more information, programming announcements, and NEWS NEWS NEWS of our relaunch! #vidiots #vidiotsrelaunch #vidiotssince1985

https://deadline.com/2019/09/vidiots-relaunch-los-angeles-storefront-independent-theater-1202747838/

EXCLUSIVE: Vidiots is officially coming back! The iconic Los Angeles-based video store-turned-film nonprofit organization is set to relaunch in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood via an entertain…

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09/30/2019

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Lovers of video store culture: can you spare a few to help Vulcan Video in Austin! They’re working hard to ensure you ha...
07/09/2019
Click here to support Help Save Vulcan Video! organized by Vulcan Video

Lovers of video store culture: can you spare a few to help Vulcan Video in Austin! They’re working hard to ensure you have access to film! https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-vulcan-video

Hello All - Operations Manager Matt Taylor here with an important message for the cinephile community at large. Vulcan Video began - as many video stores did - during the major tape boom of 1986. Since then, it has become a staple of the Austin cinema community; a hub where like-minded nerds ca...

We couldn’t agree more 👇
07/05/2019
Opinion | We Need More Critics of Color

We couldn’t agree more 👇

With white supremacy on the rise, museums and screens are battlegrounds for our national values, well before they’re confirmed at the ballot box.

So stoked to have our pals at Outfest joining us for #vidiotstrivia this Sunday at Acehotel Downtown La! Brush up on you...
06/12/2019

So stoked to have our pals at Outfest joining us for #vidiotstrivia this Sunday at Acehotel Downtown La! Brush up on your LGBTQ+ cinema, and come bearing your PRIDE! Email [email protected] to RSVP for your team! Check out outfest.org for more info on Outfest 2019! P.S. this artwork is so damned beautiful, we got lost in it for a sec . . .

Thank you The Hollywood Reporter, this is excellent company to be in. Friends, come join us 6/23 for Satyajit Ray’s lege...
06/04/2019
Critic's Picks: A June To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

Thank you The Hollywood Reporter, this is excellent company to be in. Friends, come join us 6/23 for Satyajit Ray’s legendary CHARULATA on 16mm with Projections at Bootleg Theater! 📽

Queer classics, Indian cinema masters, the Coen brothers and favorites of former New Yorker critic Pauline Kael are among highlights from the Los Angeles retrospective and revival scene this month.

A To-Do List we love, thanks The Hollywood Reporter! Come join us, we’re headed to the MOON, 5/12 @ Bootleg Theater! 👇🚀 ...
05/06/2019
Critic's Picks: A May To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

A To-Do List we love, thanks The Hollywood Reporter!

Come join us, we’re headed to the MOON, 5/12 @ Bootleg Theater!
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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/news/cassavetes-scorsese-sembene-more-a-may-do-list-film-buffs-la-1206043?__twitter_impression=true

SoCal cinephiles with Cannes envy can feast on a buffet of classics this month, including works from Elaine May and Kenji Mizoguchi, as well as Cassavetes, Scorsese, Sembene and Iranian heavyweights.

Friends, please join us next Sunday 5/12, we’re going to the MOON . . . on 16MM, with our friends Projections and Bootle...
05/03/2019

Friends, please join us next Sunday 5/12, we’re going to the MOON . . . on 16MM, with our friends Projections and Bootleg Theater. We’ll be screening Fritz’s Lang’s little-seen masterpiece WOMAN IN THE MOON, in its 95-minute original release version, as first seen in 1929! And because OF COURSE we are, we’ll be kicking off with Georges Méliès iconic 1902 short A TRIP TO THE MOON! Tix and details at www.bootlegtheater.org.
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05/03/2019
In Search of The Last Great Video Store | Kate Hagen | TEDxBinghamtonUniversity

Thank you to our amazing friend, ally, and Vidiots Advisory Council Member Kate Hagen for being such a knowledgable and tenacious voice for video stores, physical media, and maintaining human interaction around art! Please check out Kate's fantastic TedTalk about her wonderful (Vidiots-featured) #InSeachOfTheLastGreatVideoStore piece!

In today’s age of technology, entertainment is at our fingertips. We are able to play, pause, fast forward, rewind every tv show and movie we could possibly ...

We love you Peter Mayhew ❤️💔❤️.
05/03/2019
Harrison Ford pens a very sweet tribute to his "dear friend," Peter Mayhew

We love you Peter Mayhew ❤️💔❤️.

The public perception of Harrison Ford is that he’s not a terribly sentimental guy—bordering on stand-offish, or even gruff. But of course, when we see Ford emotionally react to things, it’s usually in the process of talking to the press, a scenario that he’s famously not the hugest fan of. ...

Friends, please take 2 secs to read and vote for the glorious Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s proposed  “Department of Hi...
04/25/2019
Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Friends, please take 2 secs to read and vote for the glorious Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s proposed “Department of Historic Sustainability,” to create sustainable ways for historic and culturally important organizations to thrive and continue serving L.A. — as you can imagine, we are so on board with this!👇
#vidiotsrelaunch

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater loves Los Angeles and wants to make it the best place to CREATE! Vote for our project in the My LA 2050 grants challenge this week– we need your votes to make this project happen.

We propose creating a branch of our Theater called "The Bob Baker Department of Historic Sustainability" that will support and explore sustainable ways for historic and culturally important organizations to thrive and continue serving YOU, Los Angeles!

We believe that Los Angeles in 2050, or even 2100, is only Los Angeles if we find a way to carry our history into the future. We don’t want to just see historic organizations exist, but we want to see them thrive and continue to influence our culture with continued employment and artistic contributions.

LEARN MORE AND VOTE AT THE LINK BELOW!

Hey now, our own Maggie Mackay hooked up with Daily Dead to talk work Heather Wixson about all things HEATHERS! Give it ...
04/12/2019

Hey now, our own Maggie Mackay hooked up with Daily Dead to talk work Heather Wixson about all things HEATHERS! Give it a listen, then join us and special guests 4/18 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA for a 30th Anniversary screening!!

Heather Wixson is joined by Vidiots Foundation Executive Director Maggie Mackay to celebrate 30 years of HEATHERS on a new episode of CorpseClub: https://dailydead.com/corpseclub/episodes/ #CorpseClub

Very honored to be included amongst so many venues, programmers, and communities we love and admire. Thank you to our fr...
04/06/2019
After Cinefamily's Demise, Where To Watch Movies | Los Angeleno

Very honored to be included amongst so many venues, programmers, and communities we love and admire. Thank you to our friend and colleague April Wolfe for the genuine support, positivity, and dedication to the audiences and spaces keeping film culture alive and thriving in L.A.
#vidiots #vidiotsrelaunch
https://losangeleno.com/places/after-cinefamily-where-to-watch-movies/

Beyond the New Beverly, bootstrapping cinephiles have set up incredible and diverse film programming up and down the city. This is your guide.

HBD HEATHERS!!!! Born of the video store, and f**ked us up for permanent, in the best possible way! Join us and special ...
03/31/2019
‘Heathers’ Turns 30: Why Winona Ryder’s Agent Begged Her Not to Do the Subversive Teen Movie

HBD HEATHERS!!!! Born of the video store, and f**ked us up for permanent, in the best possible way! Join us and special guests 4/18 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA To celebrate! Tix thru Ace!
#f**kmewithachainsaw
#howvery
#bigfun
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https://variety.com/2019/film/news/heathers-30th-anniversary-winona-ryder-christian-slater-1203176677/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Director Michael Lehmann was shocked when he looked at the New York Times and Los Angeles Times entertainment sections and saw there were no ads for the second week of dark high school comedy “Heat…

"To watch “Heathers” as a teen-ager was to understand, maybe for the first time, that the way things are isn’t the way t...
03/28/2019
“Heathers” Blew Up the High-School Comedy

"To watch “Heathers” as a teen-ager was to understand, maybe for the first time, that the way things are isn’t the way things should be. To watch it now, as an adult, is to remember what it was like to grasp that lesson, and to want to learn it anew." We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Join us and UCLA Film & Television Archive to celebrate HEATHERS, with special guests, 4/18 at the beautiful The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA.
#howvery
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/touchstones/an-appreciation-of-the-dark-comedy-heathers

The 1989 cult classic ushered in a darker, weirder, more experimental era for teen movies.

Thank you Hyperallergic for this outstanding endorsement of our new 16MM series with Projections and Bootleg Theater, ki...
03/22/2019
A Rare Opportunity to See a Movie Written by Jean-Paul Sartre

Thank you Hyperallergic for this outstanding endorsement of our new 16MM series with Projections and Bootleg Theater, kicking off this Sunday 4/18. GA tix are spoken for, but come have a drink and try standby for a seat!
#lesjeuxsontfaits
#16mm

https://hyperallergic.com/490674/jean-paul-sartre-les-jeux-sont-faits-bootleg-theater-projections/

Rarely seen and essentially inaccessible to those based in the US, 1947's Les jeux sont faits is getting a not-to-be-missed screening in Los Angeles.

A beautiful and engaging piece, a strange and sad moment in the history of film, and a wonderful story from our own Scha...
03/14/2019
Fox oral history: Inside the legendary studio at the end of its run

A beautiful and engaging piece, a strange and sad moment in the history of film, and a wonderful story from our own Schawn Belston, Vidiots Board Member. ❤️

Dozens of actors, executives and Fox veterans reminisce about the legendary studio's 106-year legacy, its family atmosphere, its moguls, filmmakers and the magic they made.

Hallelujah!!!
12/20/2018
VHS Preservation Project Announces Founding Members

Hallelujah!!!

The Academic Libraries Video Trust (ALVT) this week announced that six universities have joined the organization as Founding Benefactors. The project, now live at videotrust.org, will facilitate the preservation of commercial video content available exclusively on VHS or other obsolete, deterioratin...

The Black List 2018 installment is on fire! Get in on this cinematic goodness, these will be the ones to watch!
12/18/2018

The Black List 2018 installment is on fire! Get in on this cinematic goodness, these will be the ones to watch!

The full #BlackList2018 is available now at http://www.blcklst.com

#BlackList2018

We likey these lists (especially when you include the runners ups!)
12/06/2018
The Best Movies of 2018

We likey these lists (especially when you include the runners ups!)

Our chief film critics single out a Mexican remembrance of things past and four American documentaries about the way we live now.

Vidiots
11/30/2018

Vidiots

We could not be prouder to rally for #FilmStruck, our siblings in cinema, and to have our name included in this prestigi...
11/15/2018
FilmStruck Save Letter #2: More Filmmakers Rally Around Endangered Service

We could not be prouder to rally for #FilmStruck, our siblings in cinema, and to have our name included in this prestigious list of artists whose work we admire so deeply, like @FilmStruck, we will work to ensure their films always have an audience.

A second group of filmmakers have petitioned WarnerMedia to reconsider its decision to shutter FilmStruck at month’s end. Here is . the second letter To whom it may concern at Turner and Warn…

Very cool event alert! Tix/event info:
10/30/2018
3 Shows Nov. 2 & 3! Silent Film Organ Concert Series at Bandrika Studios

Very cool event alert! Tix/event info:

Film and television composer Nathan Barr invites you to join him for an evening of silent film, accompanied by the former 20th Century Fox Studios Wurlitzer Theater Organ, newly restored and installed in his new recording studio, Bandrika Studios. This particular instrument has a long history in Hol...

This is a gut punch for film lovers. Please recognize that your access to film is becoming more limited everyday. Suppor...
10/26/2018

This is a gut punch for film lovers. Please recognize that your access to film is becoming more limited everyday. Support your local video store, demand a local video store, get involved, we can tell you how!

We regret to inform you that FilmStruck will be shutting down on November 29th, 2018.

We would like to thank our many fans and loyal customers who supported us. FilmStruck was truly a labor of love, and in a world with an abundance of entertainment options – THANK YOU for choosing us

All current FilmStruck subscribers will receive an email with details about your account and the refund process as applicable. Information is also available on FilmStruck.com.

Guys, this is gonna be so fun...
10/23/2018

Guys, this is gonna be so fun...

Cannot.wait.for.this.
08/26/2018

Cannot.wait.for.this.

Get out the vote! The Five Minutes Game comes to Dynasty Typewriter this Labor Day, make your voice heard...which wild movie will win?? Tix: bit.ly/5minutesgame

More good stuff to balance out real world horrors. We ❤️ these Zellner Brothers! Go see their beautiful movie Damsel, in...
06/28/2018
The Criterion Collection

More good stuff to balance out real world horrors. We ❤️ these Zellner Brothers! Go see their beautiful movie Damsel, in theaters now.

Austin-based duo David and Nathan Zellner, whose new film Damsel is now in theaters, share a list of favorites that run the gamut from genre provocation to lyrical humanism.

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Founded in 1985 by L.A. natives Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber, Vidiots is dedicated to cinema through preserving, growing, and providing access to its diverse, 50,000+ title library, showcasing the work of emerging and master artists, and producing impactful education programs and unique film events. An inclusive, one-of-a-kind hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and anyone curious about cinema, Vidiots is bringing video store culture into the 21st Century!

Vidiots closed its iconic Santa Monica location in 2017, and is planning an ambitious re-launch as an expanded film space in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for excited details and news!

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"coming 2020"????? can somebody please explain? I must have missed that memo!
Just read the news of your return. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Maggie Mackay!
Here is a video we are looking to get in Vidiots just in time for Halloween
Voyage
Support Beyond Video! Let's start the second era of the video store before the first era is over! 1. The Talented Mr. Ripley 2. Dog Day Afternoon 3. Kissing Jessica Stein 4. Miami Blues 5. The Apartment