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A feature length documentary about the rise and fall of Blockbuster video and the last remaining store.
A feature length documentary about the rise and fall of Blockbuster video and the last remaining store.
A feature length documentary about the rise and fall of Blockbuster video and the last remaining store.
595 backers pledged $39,078 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: We are now fully funded and have some rad stretch goals for you guys!  We really appreciate all of your support and are super excited to get this movie made and onto the shelves at Blockbuster!

Stretch Goals:

$25k - Additional T-shirt Designs  ✔

YOU DID IT! The alternate shirt designs have been unlocked and you can now choose from one of THREE awesome designs in any package that includes a t-shirt. Can’t decide? You’ll be able to add additional shirts to your current pledge for $25.00 each. Click here for more info!

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$30k - Be Kind Rewind buttons ✔

We did it! Since we hit $30k every backer at the $35 level or above will also receive a sweet 1 inch button of that famous phrase ‘Be Kind, please rewind!' included in their reward package. 

$40k - Virtual tour of the last Blockbuster

At $40k we will break out a fancy virtual reality camera and preserve the last blockbuster store for all eternity in a virtual reality experience that will be available for free to all backers AND a BONUS guided tour that will only be included on the DVD/Bluray.

About this Project:

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.

Our Plan:  

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.

Want to do more to help? Share this page now on Facebook, Instagram and twitter with the hashtag #thelastblockbuster

Our filmmakers Taylor & Zeke outside TLB!
Our filmmakers Taylor & Zeke outside TLB!

About us:

Taylor Morden  
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 Kamm
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. 
be sure to clean your play heads and adjust your tracking
be sure to clean your play heads and adjust your tracking

Rewards:

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.

Official work uniform of the Last Blockbuster
Official work uniform of the Last Blockbuster
YOUR CHOICE of THREE DESIGNS!
YOUR CHOICE of THREE DESIGNS!

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.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    From The Future

    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!

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Valid/Working Blockbuster Membership Card
    • All Updates & Sneak Peeks for "The Last Blockbuster"
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    For My Collection

    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 and an 11x17 movie poster!

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Choice of Blu-Ray or DVD copy of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Digital Download of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Valid/Working Blockbuster Membership Card
    • "The Last Blockbuster" Poster [11x17]
    • All Updates & Sneak Peeks for "The Last Blockbuster"
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    Wow! What A Difference

    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 (in your choice of size), a limited run Poster Print, Digital Download, a Membership Card to the Last Blockbuster, AND your name listed in the credits of the movie as a special thanks!

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Official Blockbuster Employee T-Shirt
    • Digital Download of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Valid/Working Blockbuster Membership Card
    • "The Last Blockbuster" Poster [11x17]
    • Your Name Listed in the End Credits of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • All Updates & Sneak Peeks for "The Last Blockbuster"
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    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    Make it a Blockbuster Night

    Pick this reward level and you’ll get the employee T-Shirt, PLUS the Blu-Ray / DVD combo, Poster, Digital Download, Membership Card, and thank you in the credits.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Choice of Blu-Ray or DVD copy of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Official Blockbuster Employee T-Shirt
    • Digital Download of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Valid/Working Blockbuster Membership Card
    • Your Name Listed in the End Credits of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • "The Last Blockbuster" Poster [11x17]
    • All Updates & Sneak Peeks for "The Last Blockbuster"
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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    Now Playing

    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!

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Official "The Last Blockbuster" Movie Poster [27x40]
    • Official Blockbuster Employee T-Shirt
    • Blu-Ray/DVD Combo of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Valid/Working Blockbuster Membership Card
    • Digital Download of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Your Name Listed in the End Credits of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • "The Last Blockbuster" Poster [11x17]
    • All Updates & Sneak Peeks for "The Last Blockbuster"
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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Be Kind, Rewind

    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 Official Large Movie Poster, T-Shirt, Blu-Ray / DVD combo, Digital Download, Membership Card, and thank you in the credits.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • "The Last Blockbuster" on VHS Cassette Tape
    • Official "The Last Blockbuster" Movie Poster [27x40]
    • Blu-Ray/DVD Combo of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Official Blockbuster Employee T-Shirt
    • Digital Download of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Valid/Working Blockbuster Membership Card
    • Your Name Listed in the End Credits of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • "The Last Blockbuster" Poster [11x17]
    • All Updates & Sneak Peeks for "The Last Blockbuster"
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    Pledge US$ 1,500 or more About US$ 1,500

    Why Pretend?

    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.

    PLEASE NOTE: Travel and lodging not included and are responsibility of the backer. Limited time offer, contact us for details.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • On Camera Interview for "The Last Blockbuster" film
    • Work a shift at the actual last Blockbuster store
    • Official Blockbuster Employee Name Tag
    • "The Last Blockbuster" on VHS Cassette Tape
    • Official "The Last Blockbuster" Movie Poster [27x40]
    • Blu-Ray/DVD Combo of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Official Blockbuster Employee T-Shirt
    • Valid/Working Blockbuster Membership Card
    • Digital Download of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Your Name Listed in the End Credits of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • "The Last Blockbuster" Poster [11x17]
    • All Updates & Sneak Peeks for "The Last Blockbuster"
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    Pledge US$ 3,500 or more About US$ 3,500

    Associate Producer

    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.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Your Name Listed as Associate Producer in Credits of film
    • Your Name listed as Associate Producer on official movie poster
    • Official Blockbuster Employee T-Shirt
    • Choice of Blu-Ray or DVD copy of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Valid/Working Blockbuster Membership Card
    • Blu-Ray/DVD Combo of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Official "The Last Blockbuster" Movie Poster [27x40]
    • "The Last Blockbuster" on VHS Cassette Tape
    • Digital Download of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • Your Name Listed in the End Credits of "The Last Blockbuster"
    • "The Last Blockbuster" Poster [11x17]
    • All Updates & Sneak Peeks for "The Last Blockbuster"
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    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
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Funding period

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