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The Scarecrow Project is a new non-profit which proposes to assume management of Scarecrow Video to preserve & grow the vast library.
The Scarecrow Project is a new non-profit which proposes to assume management of Scarecrow Video to preserve & grow the vast library.
1,841 backers pledged $130,697 to help bring this project to life.

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!

Hello, backers!

Thanks to you, Scarecrow Video has successfully made the transition to a nonprofit organization and just celebrated its first year anniversary in October proudly as a 501(c)(3)! 

A year ago at this time, we couldn’t have imagined that by now we would have a successful blog underway, a Stranger Genius Award bestowed on us, and so many new connections within our community. It’s been a long, difficult journey to get to this point, but we’re excited about the road ahead and are thrilled to be traveling it with you. 

We’re entering our new year with a small reserve of the Kickstarter funds left, but not enough to see us through some of the upcoming challenges that 2016 has in store, like implementing the next phase of the $15/hour minimum wage increase and restoring essential health benefits to our loyal employees. But it’s not all about the nuts-and-bolts. We are also looking at new projects and initiatives to bring Scarecrow’s amazing collection to the community, such as: after-school programming for older children; a senior outreach program that will make our archive accessible to senior community centers and assisted living facilities; and “learning moments” video shorts that we’ll be making available on the internet! 

Our goal is to raise an additional $10,000 before the year is out and we need all the help that we can get to make it happen! None of these programs are possible without the continued support of our community, and that includes you. It also happens that Giving Tuesday is tomorrow! It's a day specifically for contributing to your favorite charity or non-profit, and so as a special Giving Tuesday incentive, for a limited time a donation of $100 or more will net you this fantastic Scarecrow Lives T-shirt!

You must donate before the end of Wednesday, Dec. 2 if you want the shirt! It’s especially perfect if you want to support us but live too far away to take advantage of our membership perks. If you'd like to continue your support and contribute to our 2015 Year-End Campaign, please visit our donation page, and if you’re getting a shirt, please include the code “SCARECROWLIVES15” and your size in the "Comments" field. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season. Here's to ringing in a successful new year! 

Scarecrow Video

AGFA and Something Weird need Your Help!

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Hey Everybody!

Our friends at the non-profit American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) are raising funds to purchase a 4k film scanner in order to create new HD masters from the legendarily wild film vaults of Something Weird Video. The new masters will be used to create theatrical DCPs and home video versions of some long out of print classics, beginning with Tom Hansen's "tabloid horror" vortex THE ZODIAC KILLER. AGFA is home to a massive collection of horror and exploitation titles on 35mm that are regularly loaned to institutions around the world. With your support, you ensure the digital preservation of endangered genre classics and the enduring legacy of Something Weird Video. Donate today: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/agfa/agfa-and-something-weird

Thank you so much for your continued support of Scarecrow, Physical Media, and all our friends!

We're Officially Geniuses!

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Hello again everybody!

As we're sure you'll all remember, this year we were nominated for a Stranger Genius Award. Well, the awards ceremony was held this past weekend at Seattle's lovely Moore Theatre, and although we still can't quite believe it, we won! Check out this recap article for a rundown of the whole show.

The whole crew accepting our awesome award!
The whole crew accepting our awesome award!

The Stranger also wrote this beautiful piece about us and why they chose to honor us with this award, and you should definitely read it. Wanna see some more pictures?

Left to right: Business Director Kate Barr, Floor Manager Kevin Clarke, and fellow Genius nominee Dawn Cerny
Left to right: Business Director Kate Barr, Floor Manager Kevin Clarke, and fellow Genius nominee Dawn Cerny
Kate accepting the award with Development Co-ordinator Julia Nardin, and Operations Manager Joel Fisher
Kate accepting the award with Development Co-ordinator Julia Nardin, and Operations Manager Joel Fisher
The trophy on its new perch next to Mr. Freeze. CHILL OUT!
The trophy on its new perch next to Mr. Freeze. CHILL OUT!

There are a ton of pics of the entire show here. Many, many thanks once again to The Stranger.

Scarecrow will receive a no-strings $5,000 grant, which we're going to put toward upgrading our Screening Room to a real honest-to-goodness jewel-box theater. 

ROUND UP!

Speaking of the Screening Room upgrades, we're currently in the middle of a fundraising campaign to do just that! We want to close off the space form the rest of the store, creating a fully sound-proof, light-proof room with its own sound system and projector screen!

The total cost of the renovation is in the $50,000 ballpark, $10,000 of which needs to be raised in-store. So the next time you're in the store renting or buying a movie, our staff will as you to round up the total and donate the spare change to our renovation fund!

We plan to use the screening room for:

  • The Scarecrow Project's upcoming educational and senior outreach programs.
  • Screening parties for established and local, up-and-coming filmmakers.
  • Classes and workshops.
  • Private events.

Here are some pre-viz renderings of what we're hoping to do:

The view from the screen.
The view from the screen.
From the back row.
From the back row.
The closed-off entry way.
The closed-off entry way.

By donating to the renovation campaign, you're investing in the future of Scarecrow as a non-profit and as a community leader.

It's Already Been a Year?!

The Genius Award comes almost exactly one year to the day since this Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded. In that time we've done some amazing things. There have been great guests like Billy Dee WilliamsThelma Schoonmaker, and Steve De Jarnatt. We've hosted local movie premieres in our Screening Room. We showcased and help preserve the great history of the Seattle Channel by teaming up with Channeling Yourself. We started a terrific new blog. We started a weekly Children's Hour. We've put on amazing events with local filmmakers like Lynn Shelton. We celebrated movies directed by women. Along with the Grand Illusion and the Northwest Film Forum, we co-presented a once-in-a-lifetime retrospective of the work of Taiwanese master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien. Also at NWFF, we began the Not on Netflix series. Absolutely none of this would have been possible without the help of each and every one of our wonderful supporters and contributors. It feels like the millionth time we're thanking you, and we hope we never ever have to stop doing it. 

The Stranger Genius Awards and a Note about Rewards Fulfillment

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Hello once again to all of you, our wonderful backers!

We thought we'd take a moment to remind you of the upcoming Stranger Genius Awards ceremony. In case you hadn't heard, Scarecrow was nominated for this prestigious honor a few months ago. What's a Stranger Genius Award, you ask? We'll let them tell you:

"The Genius Awards, The Stranger's non-profit granting program, delivers $25,000 of cash support each year to local talented artists in the disciplines of visual art, literature, film, music, and theater. There is no application process for this honor and the program extends from the announcement of finalists in early summer to the annual awards show in early fall. Donations to the Genius Foundation are paid out in the form of art grants and free public access to the awards show."

Check out this wonderful piece The Stranger wrote about us, and make sure to take a look at all the other fantastic nominees in the various categories. If Scarecrow wins the award (fingers crossed!), the non-profit will receive a generous $5,000 grant.

The ceremony is FREE and open to the public. If you're in Seattle (or maybe if you happen to be visiting our fair city at the time) we'd absolutely love to see some of our amazing supporters rooting for us at the show. It's on Saturday, September 12 at 8pm at the lovely Moore Theatre. Click on the image above or just go here to reserve your seats.

A Quick Note about Kickstarter Rewards Fulfillment

By now we fulfilled the vast majority of the rewards due to our most excellent backers, but from our records it looks like some of you have not received your due yet! We definitely want to make sure everybody gets their reward, so if you have not yet responded to the rewards survey sent out to you after our campaign closed, please do so as soon as you can if possible. If for some reason you cannot find or did not receive a rewards survey, please contact us via Kickstarter.

That's all for right now. As always, we can't thank all of you enough for your continued enthusiasm and support. We couldn't have done this without you. Thanks again, and we hope to see you at the show!

Behold! Our new website and Blog, the Scarecrow Wire!

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Hello once again to all of our generous supporters!

Many months have passed since our wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and the transitioning of Scarecrow Video to the care of The Scarecrow Project. And they have been very, very busy months. From building up our membership program to bringing on volunteers to participating in events around town to starting our children’s programming on Thursday mornings to getting nominated for a Genius Award, there has hardly been a dull moment. Our latest excitement is the unveiling of our new website and blog. Now when you visit www.scarecrow.com you’ll find a direct portal through which you can access information about our non-profit, The Scarecrow Project, happenings at the store (like new releases, special screenings and events), a list of our Physical Media Champions, and Top 10 movie lists from some of our amazing Kickstarter supporters, while still being able to search our library and shop our online store. You’ll even be able to purchase a membership to support The Scarecrow Project, or even just make a simple donation.

The centerpiece of our site is our new blog, The Scarecrow Wire. Scarecrow Video’s longtime reputation of being the go-to place for all things movie has drawn to it all kinds of people who live to watch, talk about, obsess over and write about movies. The Scarecrow Wire will provide a venue for these film explorers to share their ideas with fellow travelers. There will be essays, reviews, the occasional video, and of course the return of the Scarecrow Video podcast. Our content will range from studiously researched and academic to good old-fashioned frivolous entertainment, aiming to reflect a wide diversity of opinions, experiences and writing styles. The blog will be locally grown, but not necessarily locally focused. We’ll present the voices of some of our wonderful community partners, but we also want to keep our eye on the larger world of cinema.

To kick things off, The Scarecrow Wire will feature a two-minute short created in-house by our own Travis Vogt called Why Video Stores Matter, which argues that even in the digital age, video stores still have a place in our lives. Enjoy, and thank you for your continued support of our amazing store! 

www.scarecrow.com