Editor, writer, and critic Aaron Hillis
of GreenCine Daily, The Village Voice
, and many others is on a mission. The curator of the reRun Gastropub Theater
in DUMBO (that's Brooklyn for all you non New Yawkers) recently bought a video store with his wife Jennifer. Crazy? Perhaps — but the independent DVD-rental shop, Video Free Brooklyn
, inspired Hillis to do wonderful and amazing things.
He wants to renovate the store and staff it with "some of the brightest critics, talented filmmakers, discerning programmers, and other knowledgable veterans in the NYC film industry." If VFB reaches its funding goal on indiegogo
, you'll even be seeing special guests behind the counter, like your favorite actors and filmmakers. Hillis also wants to make the building friendly for after-hours screenings, panels, readings, and more. We approve.
With the backing of folks like Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Bobcat Goldthwait, Robert Downey Sr., and Oscilloscope Laboratories this is definitely a project you'll want to invest in. Help revitalize a neighborhood institution, transforming it for a new generation. Head to the funding page
for more information, and watch Hillis' spirited video plea below. See you in Brooklyn!