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Tom Roston on the lost era of movie rentals at the brick-and-mortar




A Blockbuster video store is seen on Nov. 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Blockbuster announced Wednesday that it will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores by early January.
A Blockbuster video store is seen on Nov. 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Blockbuster announced Wednesday that it will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores by early January.
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Quentin Tarantino famously worked at a video store in Manhattan Beach, brushing up on his film history the DIY and inexpensive way, before making his debut, “Reservoir Dogs.”

Other auteurs also swear by this form of autodidactism, including John Sayles, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and Allison Anders.

As video stores close and sites like Netflix and Hulu flourish, what is lost?

Tom Roston will be hosting a panel discussion at Vidiots in Santa Monica at 4 pm on Saturday, September 26th and at 4 pm at Chevalier's Books, on Larchmont Blvd on Sunday September 27th. See below for additional information:

Saturday September 26th, 4pm @ "Vidiots" in Santa Monica

Vidiots Video Store in Santa Monica will be hosting a panel discussion in which several filmmakers who appear in the book will discuss the reign of the VCR era as well as the current state of video stores, streaming, and the film making/viewing future for home entertainment. Moderated by "I Lost It at the Video Store" author Tom Roston  the panel will be asked to discuss the influence of the video store on their early careers, both creatively and financially. They will also be asked to reflect on the current state of the video store and the future of streaming.

Sunday September 27th, 4pm @ "Chevalier's Books" on Larchmont Blvd.

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-465 1334  (the awesome 75 year old independent book store on Larchmont Blvd!)

Reading, Discussion, Booksigning with Tom Roston, author of "I Lost It at the Video Store"

Guest:

Tom Roston, author of "I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era"