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Lost Weekend Video wants to open an underground screening room & community space for film.

Last day!! (Plus, check out the new T-Shirt design below!)

OK, everybody, we're in the home stretch now! We've got less than a day to go and we still need a little bit more to make our dream a reality. This past Tuesday we had our first Cinecave Work Day. We got a crew of dedicated customers & pals who volunteered to help us out with some painting & some restoration work on the theater seats. They went above and beyond the call of duty, risking valuable brain cells in their commitment to painting perfection. So awesome! Thanks, guys & gals! We definitely appreciate the sweat pledges as much as the cash ones:).

With the holidays over, we've been able to finally get firm quotes on what everything's going to cost us. We have to have our whole counter upstairs rebuilt, shelves moved, doors re-hung, fixtures built and A/V installed to start. Plus, there's all the work we're doing ourselves that seems to be a litany of $50 to $100 projects that all add up to $1000s. Anyway, our final goal for this Kickstarter fund raiser to make our little screening room a reality is $8,500. We knew that we were underestimating with our original goal, but as we wanted to make sure that we met it we figured that was okay. What we didn't realize was how much we underestimated:). So here we're making a final push. To those of you who have already pledged or can't afford to, please post the link to this page on your Facebook. If you haven't pledged yet but have a couple of extra bucks to spare after the holidays, we'd appreciate it. Maybe we can edge a little closer to what we need. Thank you all so much again for your support. We're so overwhelmed and touched by the response; we can't thank you enough. See you in the Cinecave!

 What are we doing?______________________

Lost Weekend Video, one of San Francisco’s last independent video rental stores, is hoping to open an underground screening room and community space for film. 

We have an enthusiastic staff with wide-ranging tastes all eager to program fun and engaging screenings. Our aspirations are both high & low brow – from screenings of rare films available only on film or from our extensive collection of unavailable-to-rent imports to sinfully satisfying ‘Buffy’ marathons. We have projectors and access to thousands of films on video and 16mm film. We’ll also continue to work with local film collectives, present premieres of locally produced shorts & features, ladies nights, works in progress and workshops for filmmakers. We’ll have obscure Von Trier docs, Van Damme-athons and maybe even stand-up comedy. There will definitely be something for everyone. Most importantly, we’ll still be here and San Francisco will still have access to our many rare films either through traditional rentals or through the shared experience of a live screening. Let’s get people off of their computers and hanging out with each other again. Let's watch some movies!

Why are we doing this?__________________

We have always felt that independent book stores, record stores and video stores are an integral part of San Francisco’s creative community. With Kindles,  iPods & online streaming most media is experienced alone. But we still feel that the shared experience is important. You may read/listen/watch alone, but talking about a film afterward is what helps it stick with you and become meaningful to you.

The popularity of streaming and Netflix-like movie delivery services has made the traditional video store less necessary as a way for people to access film. BUT, not only are many important films unavailable online, like book stores and record stores, we feel that our existence is still an important part of the creative community. Many of the independent screening rooms in SF have closed down and we want to foster an environment where people can hang out and interact with real people off-line.

What will your donation help make possible?

 The Kickstarter funds will be used to decorate, install projectors & sound, fix up our bathroom, soundproof and renovate our awesome vintage movie theater seats. Thanks so much for considering our project. Support at any level is most enthusiastically appreciated!

Rewards - Cool stuff you'll get for helping out!

We've got lots of cool stuff designed just for you to say, "Thanks for helping out"! At the $5 and $10 levels we'll have some really awesome handmade Lost Weekend badges designed by the staff & some of our artist pals. (We'll add artwork here when we've got it). See below for details on the rewards at higher levels. At all levels, if you're donating from abroad please throw in an extra couple of bucks for postage. Thanks!

For $35, you can do some shopping at local independent retailers with your fashionable Lost Weekend cloth tote bag!

For $50, you can have your choice of one limited edition Lost Weekend T-Shirt. For $150, you can have all three (plus a bunch of other cool stuff)!

Limited Jesse Steinchen designed Lost Weekend 'Edie' Tee!

Limited Scott Bradley designed Lost Weekend 'Spock-fighting-punx-on-MUNI' Tee!

Limited Kevin McCarthy designed Lost Weekend flying staff Tee with all of your favorite video store clerks (Mr. Jeremy Wheat above included). Final artwork posted soon.

Kevin McCarthy just got us this amazing new T-Shirt design. So cool! It's available in any of the reward categories that include a T-Shirt. Sorry for the late add; it's hot off the presses!

For $75, you can show your friends & neighbors how awesome you are & how much you love your local video store with your name in lights on our marquee!

For $100, you can get your favorite staff member to make a special mixtape just for you! There's a limit of 2 mixtapes per staff member, so we'll post updates on who's "sold out" here. Please give your first & second choice when pledging. If you need a reminder of who's who, check out the photos on our Staff Pix page: http://www.lostweekendvideo.com/Staff_Pix/Staff_Pix.html

Choose from the following list of all-star current & former staff:

Katherine Duran, Ben Gatchell, Jared Gniewek, Hannah Lew (Grass Widow), Denea Mesa, Ed Rodriguez (Deerhoof), Bianca Sparta (Erase Errata), Dan Stangl, Weasel Walter (XBXRX) or Jeremy Wheat. (This list will grow, we're still waiting to hear from some staff, so check back for additions.)

For $125, you can get one of Lost Weekend's ancient & wise owners to make a special mixtape just for you!

For $350, you and your friends will get a private showing of your favorite film in the new screening room! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel like a rock star!

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    A big thank you on our website, plus a limited edition Lost Weekend Video badge designed especially for this campaign by one of our awesomely talented artist pals.

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    A big thank you on our website, plus a limited edition set of 3 Lost Weekend Video badges designed especially for this campaign by some of our awesomely talented artist pals.

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    All of the above plus one of three limited edition Lost Weekend Video T-Shirts designed by Scott Bradley, Jesse Steinchen or Kevin McCarthy (see images in the Project Overview).

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    All of the above plus one copy of the limited edition mini-comic 'Tales From Lost Weekend' produced by a collection of local comic artists exclusively for this campaign. Artists include Scott Bradley, Jesse Steinchen, Jared Gniewek, Jeremy Wheat & Karl Dotter. Take a peek behind the curtain and see the wacky hijinks of your local video store staff over the last 14+ years come to life!

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    All of the above plus your name in lights on the marquee in the window of Lost Weekend for a week!

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    Everything in the $60 level, invitation to our Opening Night Party plus a mix tape (digital) made especially for you by the LWV all-star staff member past or present of your choice. Please see the Rewards Detail in the Project Overview to the left for a list of the available staff members. Only 2 mixtapes per staff member, so pledge early to get your first pick! Availability will be updated in the Project Overview, so check for sell-outs before you pledge.

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    Everything in the $60 level, invitation to our Opening Night Party plus a mix tape made especially for you by one of the owners of Lost Weekend Video. You can choose from: Adam Pfahler - Drummer of the iconic SF punk band Jawbreaker. Expect an awesome collection of obscure film soundtrack tunes. Dave Hawkins - Drummer of Engine 88 & owner of a massive rare 7" collection. Expect a lot of hidden funk & soul gems! Christy Colcord - Former tour manager for Jawbreaker & other legendary Bay Area punk bands. Expect lots of early 90's power punk and Taiwanese pop music. *Limit 2 per owner. We'll update in the Project Overview when someone "sells out".

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    Everything in the $60 level, invitation to our Opening Night Party, plus one each of the three limited edition Lost Weekend T-Shirts.

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    Everything in the $60 level, invitation to our Opening Night Party plus your name on one of our theater seats. Be a part of the magic!

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    Everything in the $60 level, invitation to our Opening Night Party plus host your own night in the screening room for you and 20 friends! Show a film of your choice (no dirty stuff).

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    Everything in the $100 level, invitation to our Opening Night Party plus the staff of LWV will "Be Kind Rewind" your favorite movie!! We'll make a 10 minute version of your favorite film and list you as the producer in the credits. Get sweded!

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    Everything in the $700 dollar level, invitation to our Opening Night Party plus current & former LWV staff will write/record a song about you & your favorite movie!

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