Help Save Vulcan Video!
Austin, Texas is a city that loves film. It’s the birthplace of the annual SXSW Film Festival and the greatest movie theater chain in the world, the Alamo Drafthouse. It’s also sheltered and inspired many filmmakers, such as Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez to name a few, and it’s home to two mom-and-pop video chains, I Luv Video and Vulcan Video. The latter used to have several locations but is now fighting to keep the doors open on its last remaining store.
Back on May 21st, Vulcan Video’s Operations Manager, Matt Taylor, created a GoFundMe to ask the public help the store stay open due to hefty rent increases.
“Austin is no longer the small, inexpensive, artist friendly metropolis that Richard Linklater so wonderfully captured in his first masterpiece, SLACKER. As the years have gone on, the city has grown and become more "hip", but with that popularity came an unfortunate byproduct: skyrocketing rent. Much to our dismay, the ATX where one can survive on $2 tacos, cheap beer, and a record store clerk gig no longer exists (though, trust us, many are still trying), and Vulcan has been feeling the strain of these increases just as much as anyone in the area.”
“What we're asking for are donations to help us get through the next 15 months that are left on the lease, in order to regroup and see where Vulcan heads from there. What will your money go towards? Truthfully, a financial "cushion" to cover basic expenses such as:
1. The Increased Rent
2. Utilities (Gas, Electric, Phones, Internet, Waste Management)
3. Stocking/Restocking Titles (both New Releases and Repertory Additions)
4. Paying Our Small, Dedicated Staff
Obviously, if you don't have any money to spare, we totally get it. Times are tough, and perhaps this is merely the end result of capitalism running its course and telling us all to move on. We'll still have a Lone Star with you at the end of the day while talking about John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. But if we could avoid going bankrupt in the process, that'd be pretty cool, right? Every little bit counts, and even if we don't hit our goal, the love shown will warm our hearts.”
The store is just a little of 5k short of their 35k goal, and as Taylor says, every little bit counts. The location isn’t just a bunker for cinephiles, but as you can see above, they’ve got a massive selection. More often than not, they’ll be able to hook you up with those hard to find gems, like Possession or Out of the Blue, and if hard to find film isn’t your bag, the Vulcan staff is kind enough to provide some thoughtful suggestions based on your personal tastes.
Vulcan doesn’t just provide entertainment though either. They’ve always been supportive of young talents in the surrounding area. They even allow the store to be used as a filming location, which you can see more of in KIEDA BORDEAUX’s music video for “Pilot.” It really is a landmark for the community, and even if you don’t live in Austin, you should support the cause if you’re a lover of film.
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