The Last Blockbuster
A feature length documentary about the rise and fall of Blockbuster video and the last remaining store.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, September 11 2018 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.
Blockbuster Video at its peak had over 9000 stores. In 1989 a new store opened every 17 hours! But now there is only 1. What happened?
The Last Blockbuster is located in idyllic Bend Oregon, a modern town overflowing with high speed internet, a meca for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. There’s plenty to do year round. How, in a place like this, does The Last Blockbuster Survive? Who are the people who work here, rent videos here, and how did a video rental store chain grow so huge that it impacted the way Hollywood made movies only to crash and burn from 9000 locations to 1?
Now people of all ages are driving from across the country to stand out front of The Last Blockbuster and take their photo next to the iconic Blockbuster sign, to go in and browse like it’s a museum, and to touch the racks and racks of physical media. News outlets from around the globe are covering this last store on their nightly broadcasts.
Think back to a simpler time - before there was a redbox in every grocery store, before Netflix changed the way you got your movies.
Remember Saturday nights walking up and down the brightly lit aisles stacked with movies, that smell of popcorn, candy, and plastic? Maybe it’s nostalgia for a time when the world seemed less complicated. Maybe it’s a longing for a more tangible world back when you could hold the movies you loved in your hands. Whatever your reason, the world is clearly fascinated by The Last Blockbuster.
To make a lighthearted, family friendly, feature-length documentary about The Last Blockbuster.
We’ve spent the past 9 months (yes, back when there were still a dozen Blockbusters remaining) interviewing the wonderful people at the Bend Blockbuster, the owner, the manager, the employees, and patrons. We’ve been digging through the fascinating history that surrounds not just this store, but all of Blockbuster Video. And now we’re ready to get the last batch of interviews, the people outside this town, the people we’ve found with the most interesting, most hilarious, and most insightful Blockbuster stories - many of whom starred in, or made, the films you rented from Blockbuster!
You can help us finish this film:
We’ve got to make it now, while the store is still here. How great would it be to finish the film in time that it’s available for rent at the store? But making feature length documentaries is expensive - very expensive. Legal, travel, - oh, and late fees... lots and lots of late fees. With your help we’ll be able to pay those fancy movie lawyers to make sure it’s okay to show you all the great things we’ve uncovered.
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This will be Taylor Morden’s 3rd feature documentary. His previous film, Pick It Up! Ska in the 90’s raised over $110,000 on Kickstarter, making it one of the most backed music documentaries in Kickstarter history.
- The video he rented the most: Revenge of The Nerds
- Lifetime late fees paid: $826
Zeke is a Hollywood veteran writing, producing, and developing content for just about every major Hollywood studio over the past 20+ years. And before all that he worked at a video rental store. Nice!
- The video he rented the most: What About Bob
- Lifetime late fees paid: $3 ← that one time his girlfriend use his membership card. He still hasn’t forgiven her.
The friendly folks at the Bend Blockbuster have agreed to let us offer you these incredible rewards as a thank you for helping us make this film. Check them out:
From The Future - $25 Pick this level to get a digital download of “The Last Blockbuster” plus an actual, valid membership card to the last Blockbuster mailed directly to you!
For My Collection - $35 You want something you can hold in your hand and add to your collection. Great! Pick this reward level and take home a Blu-Ray / DVD combo plus the membership card. NOTE: All physical copies of the film (excluding VHS) will be in the form of a 2 disc DVD/Bluray combo pack.
Wow! What A Difference - $50 Want to pretend you work at the last Blockbuster? Who wouldn’t? Well grab this reward level and you’ll get the same T-Shirt the employees wear, a limited run Poster Print, Digital Download, a Membership Card to the Last Blockbuster, and a Thank You In The Credits!
Make it a Blockbuster Night - $75 Pick this reward level and you’ll get the employee T-Shirt, PLUS the Blu-Ray / DVD combo, Poster, Digital Download, Membership Card, and a Thank You In The Credits!
Now Playing - $150 Get a full theatre sized (27x40) official movie poster - along with the Digital Download, Blu-Ray / DVD combo, T-Shirt, Poster, Membership Card and your name in the credits!
Be Kind, Rewind - $250 Show the world your love of the past by backing this reward level and you’ll get a limited edition VHS release of our movie along with an AUTOGRAPHED Poster, T-Shirt, Blu-Ray / DVD combo, Digital Download, Membership Card, and a Thank You In The Credits!
Why Pretend? - $2500 - Limited to 4 Want to be IN OUR MOVIE? Why just pretend you work at Blockbuster when you can actually do it? Select this reward level and you’ll get to BE IN OUR MOVIE! And hang out behind the counter at the last Blockbuster (if that's your thing). Spend the morning being interviewed on camera so we can include you in the film, and spend the afternoon hanging out at the last Blockbuster, talking movies, sniffing plastic. Includes an official Blockbuster Employee Name Tag, T-Shirt, Poster, Blu-Ray / DVD combo, Digital Download, Membership Card, and thank you in credits. (Travel and lodging not included). *Limited time offer, contact us for details.
Associate Producer - $5000 Donate at this level and you'll become one of our associate producers, complete with your name listed as an Associate Producer in the end credits and on the official movie poster - along with the Digital Download, Blu-Ray / DVD combo, T-Shirt, Poster, and Membership Card.
Risks and challenges
Making a feature length documentary takes a lot of work and has a unique set of challenges.
- Going through dozens of hours of interviews to find the best way to tell the story.
- Tracking down and restoring archival videos and photos that may have been lost or damaged over the years.
- Licensing and clearing music and video clips.
- Finding distribution and marketing for an independent film.
But we’ve done it all before, and are confident we’ll do it again. Once a story gets in your head, you gotta get it out and share it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter