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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Memory Video: A Short Film About Video Stores

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Memory Video is a short movie about the experience of going to the video store as told by Miguel Gomez, who currently operates his store Viva Video outside of Philadelphia.  Miguel fights to keep his store alive in the age of streaming with the help of his family and the surrounding community. While video stores are shutting down every month, Viva Video is one of the last remaining stores in the world.  The movie captures the nostalgia of an experience that is relatable to anyone who has walked into a video store. Above all, Memory Video is a personal story about cultural relic, the fight to keep it alive, communication, and family.

As a kid growing up in the 90’s, some of his fondest and most specific memories were going to the video store.  But thinking back, he realizes these memories were never about the movie.  It was about the friends he went there with, the hours spent going up and down the aisles, and grabbing pizza on the way home.  This experience, for the most part, no longer exists. Like any other historic relic, it’s a moment in time.  It’s been replaced.   Although they’ve shot 90% of the movie, that’s only half the battle.  There are still a few scenes left to film in order to spice this thing up.  And then there’s all the less obvious stuff, because it’s gotta be fine tuned, and most importantly…it’s gotta get out there and be seen.  And that’s tough for a short documentary.

As of July 18th, this project has raised $7,200 of their $7,000 goal. This project has 7 days left to raise as much as it can.  For a pledge of $10, you will get a digital poster.  For a pledge of $25, you will get a digital download of the film.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: