If you love movies as much as we do and you were born sometime before 1990, you probably remember going to your local video store to rent these black plastic things called VHS tapes. You see kids, back in the days before torrents and Netflix, back even before those shiny Blu-ray’s and DVDs, movies came on VHS tapes. They were almost always in full frame to match the aspect ratio of those old bulky tube TVs, they had static and tracking problems and you had to rewind and fast forward to get to different scenes. But what a sight it was to walk into a video store and see shelves and racks filled to capacity with the bright, vibrant cover art of VHS tapes. There are still thousands and thousands of films that were released on VHS that have never seen the light of day in another format. VHS revolutionized the movie industry and three young filmmakers from Austin, TX have banded together to tell its story.
Rewind This! is a labor of love between fellow movie lovers Carolee Mitchell, Josh Johnson and Christopher Palmer. They’ve already spent countless hours interviewing key people with different perspectives on how VHS changed the way we watch and make movies. They’ve dumped plenty of their own money, time and hard work into making a comprehensive and kick ass documentary and they need just a little bit of help to make it to the finish line. Like many other independent productions, they’ve started a Kickstarter page to help raise funds to complete their film.
You can check out their page here. Make sure to watch the trailer as it shows some of the celebrities they’ve already interviewed and the caliber of documentary they’re making. The trailer shows well shot, well edited material that’s interesting and engaging, all hallmarks of great docs. With your help, the filmmakers will be able to travel to Japan to cover the creation of home video technology as well as explore the very different home video market that exists there as well as cover final post production expenses. Take a look at the page, the donation incentives and the trailer and see what you think. I know I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Check out the trailer below: