Appeal: Community support needed for Best Video Film & Cultural Center

Dear Friends:

Without a groundswell of support, Best Video faces the very real threat of having to shut our doors.

What happens in the very near future will determine whether Best Video Film and Cultural Center will close, will limp along, or will soar.

• If you are not already a member, become a member today by signing up online or coming into our space. Programming director Hank Hoffman suggests a target of 200 additional members over the next few months in order to have enough recurring revenue to cover our current operating expenses.

Make a donation online (or in person). General manager Richard Brown says raising $20,000 would catch us up with bills currently owed to vendors. Even better, BVFCC Board of Directors President David Margolis points out that raising $50,000 would enable us to also pay off the remaining debt to Best Video founder Hank Paper and establish a financial cushion that would facilitate expanded community programming and improvements to the physical space.

After more than a year-and-a-half of operation, BVFCC is proud of the community support that has carried us this far. We have already raised over $35,000 in donations in the fiscal year beginning October 2016. Of particular note as a marker of the value the community places on Best Video, is this year’s performance in The Great Give, the May online charity marathon organized by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Out of some 500 worthy nonprofits, BVFCC finished in the Top 10 in number of individual donors and in the Top 25 in total contributions.

Unfortunately, despite our successes, when it comes to bringing in enough income to cover our expenses and pay off our debts, we are falling short. We have a 2nd Anniversary Gala celebration planned for November. We had hoped to get to that event without calling on the public but a slower than expected summer necessitates this appeal.

The average monthly operational income shortfall that donations need to make up is approximately $4,700; in the past ten months, we have been averaging about $3,500 in donations. Good but not quite enough. ($2,000 of that $4,700 per month is remaining debt for the purchase of the assets; that obligation is fulfilled by June of next year.)

Presenting programming to delight and educate the community. Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps playing music from “The Simpsons” TV show to a sold-out crowd this past July.

When we opened as a nonprofit in November 2015, we knew that the traditional video rental model was not viable. For several years leading up to Hank Paper’s sale of Best Video’s assets to BVFCC, rental income was decreasing by 20% a year. Anticipating that the trend would continue, we started offering annual membership plans. With membership plans starting at $10 per month, we projected that if we can reach 700-1,000 members by the end of the third year, we would be able to replace the rental income with membership revenue.

The good news is that almost 370 households have signed up for one of the three membership plans. The bad news is that—for BVFCC not to run into recurrent cash flow crises and, ultimately, face the awful decision to close—we need 200-500 more member households.

We know that we can make that happen. Approximately 5,000 households support Best Video each year by renting videos, purchasing items at our cafe, or attending our events. If just one in five sign up for a membership plan, then we will reach our goal. If just one in ten make a donation of $100 or more, then we will exceed our goal of raising an additional $50,000 this year. Many hands…

If BVFCC were just a “video store,” we would have closed years ago. And perhaps deservedly so. But BVFCC is much more than that. It is a community gathering place, a performance venue, a film screening room, a national-level archive of the history of cinema, and a safe place for neighborhood children to come and hang out after school. It is a place where people, film, and music come together.

BVFCC exists bring people, film, and music together.Pre-Oscars Brunch this past February.

When you are a member of Best Video Film & Cultural Center—whether you pay on a recurring monthly basis or get a 10% discount by paying annually—BVFCC becomes your library of film. Depending on your level of membership, you get free admission to from 1-4 shows per month. Most importantly, you are part of a community dedicated to keeping BVFCC as an essential part of the cultural wealth of the greater New Haven area.

Very Truly Yours,
The BVFCC Board:

David Margolis, President
Scott White, Treasurer
Jean Blue, Secretary
Elin Schoen Brockman
Linda Satin Pancoast
Avi Kamrat
Richard Brown, General Manager
Hank Hoffman, Programming Director

Music: Deep Hamden, a 2-day jazz festival Fri., Aug. 18, and Sat., Aug. 19

Best Video Performance Space hosts a 2-day jazz festival, Deep Hamden, on Friday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 19.

On Friday, Ag. 18, the festival features saxophonist Allen Lowe with a big band performing Deep Hamden: A Blue Suite (starting at 8 PM; with saxophonist Jovan Alexandre). Brian Jarawa Gray (Jarawa) and The Healing Drum Society headline Saturday night, Aug. 19, performing The Healing Drum, starting at 8 PM. Pianist Rosemary Minkler and her Quartet featuring saxophonist Will Cleary perform at 6 PM. Solo accordionist (and member of Anthony Braxton’s Orchestra) Adam Matlock opens the Saturday program at 5 PM.

Tickets are $10 each night, $15 for both nights, and advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information call 203-287-9286 or email allenlowe5@gmail.com

Some of the Performers:

Allen Lowe is a saxophonist and American music historian. He lectures at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and is a Visiting Professor at the Berklee School of Music. He has recorded as a leader with Julius Hemphill, David Murray, Gary Bartz, Hamiet Bluiett, Ken Peplowski, Don Byron, Doc Cheatham, and Roswell Rudd.

As an historian, David Hajdu of the New Republic has described Lowe as
“one of the most important music historians alive, an exceptional thinker who sees the entirety of American musical history with unmatched clarity. He’s unbowed as an intellectual, driven by neither vogues or ideology. His work taken as a whole is a monumental achievement. There’s no one better alive.”

John Szwed, of Yale and Columbia Jazz studies, has written:

“Allen Lowe is a genius! His work is always full of wonder, the excitement of discovery, and humor. I’m amazed by the energy and intelligence it takes to do this quantity of work at this level while on the margins of media and music. Yes, I know that the best work has always been done at the margins, by the so-called underground — Poe, Whitman, Monk, Harvey Pekar, Herbie Nichols, James Joyce, Sun Ra — but it’s still a surprise and a revelation whenever you find it.”

Brian Jarawa Gray and the New Village Drummers. Brian Jarawa Gray— Jarawa—has more then 30 years of experience as a Percussionist, Song writer, Band leader and Performing artist, He has taught world music in public, private schools and Universities in Connecticut and New York. Jarawa performs Natural Centric Drumming and the music of the African Diaspora. He is a featured artist on recordings by Oliver Lake, Pheroan Aklaff, Yosuke Yamashita, The Visions Band and His own CDs are titled Berdisha Pertasha, You’re Soo Special and Stories of Life. Jarawa has Performed at. Lincoln Center with Jay Hoggard SOBs With Pheroan Aklaff Seventh Avenue Theater With Joseph Jarmin Brooklyn Academy of Music with Chuck Davis Dance Co. and many more venues across the country.

Adam Matlock is a composer and performer, working within the realms of art music, electronics, folk, international music and traditional songwriting. He utilizes the alias G. Zarapenecko for electronic compositions and experiments, An Historic for original songs, and his own name for longer-form compositions as well as the occasional solo performance. He works with the legendary composer Anthony Braxton.

Born and raised in Waterbury, CT, Rosemary Minkler is an accomplished young pianist, composer, and audio engineer. She grew up surrounded by music and began studying piano at an early age, discovering her passion for jazz at the Litchfield Jazz Camp. She continued her studies on a full scholarship to Western Connecticut State University, where she received a degree in Audio and Music Production with a concentration in Jazz Piano.

Here, she studied jazz piano with Peter Tomlinson, classical piano with Russell Hirshfield, classical composition with Kevin Isaacs, and applied audio with Douglas O’Grady and Edward Dzubak. In addition, she worked closely with jazz guitarist/composer Jamie Begian as well as renowned jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene. She is currently a member in Danbury-based fusion collective The Recess Bureau and often plays with other musicians in the Connecticut and New York area. Rosemary’s most recent release, Prospectus, is her debut as a bandleader, composer, and audio engineer.

Will Cleary hails from Houston, Texas, where he began his jazz studies at the Summer Jazz Workshop and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He then obtained his Bachelor of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, and Dan Wall. He received his Master of Music degree in 2010 from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Walt Weiskopf and Bill Dobbins, and was the recipient of the Raymond and Maxine Schirmer Prize in Jazz Performance.

Will has played with Slide Hampton, Chuck Mangione, Conrad Herwig, Marvin Stamm, Marcus Belgrave, Charles McPherson, Kim Waters, Bob Sneider, Dave Glasser, and Pat LaBarbera. He has opened for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, as well as for Jason Moran. Other significant performances include appearances at the Houston International Jazz Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and services at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. He is currently playing and recording with various artists in New Haven, Connecticut, and the surrounding areas.

Jovan Alexandre — who will perform with Allen Lowe’s ensemble on Friday night — is a tenor saxophonist, who made his debut as a leader at the prestigious New York City Winter JazzFest [on January 9, 2015]. He has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches [2010]) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess [2012]), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz [2013]). His first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, was released worldwide [on February 24, 2015][on Xippi Phonorecords, XP22540].

Alexandre’s Wallingford is fifteen miles due north of New Haven. Several times a week during his high school years, he made the further trek northward to Hartford, a city rich in jazz history, to study at the Artists Collective, a neighborhood institution founded to promote the art and culture of the African diaspora and much beloved of Hartford’s African-American and Caribbean communities. In the 1980’s, the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, a nationally prestigious conservatory, asked Jackie McLean to establish a jazz performance department. Alexandre is one of dozens of alumni of the Artists Collective to have continued their studies at Hartt. He graduated with distinction [in 2011] from the jazz program, now formally known as the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.

Shortly after graduating from Hartt, Alexandre began to earn an almost “underground” reputation as one of the most compelling and talked- about of the new tenor saxophone soloists, through appearances with top-name musicians such as Hank Jones, Dionne Warwick, Curtis Fuller, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Charles Tolliver, Randy Brecker, Antoine Roney, Benito Gonzalez, Shimrit Shoshan, Ray McMorrin, Josh Evans, Curtis Torian, Tadataka Unno, and Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra.

With the release of his debut album Collective Consciousness, and more regular appearances in New York City and national and international touring on the horizon.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Sunday, Aug. 6, 11-3 PM. ART SALE—ORIGINAL PRINTS

• Wednesday, Aug. 9. EXPERIMENTAL: HUMAN FLOURISHING, DAVE SCANLON, UNDERWEAR

• Thursday, Aug. 10. ALT-COUNTRY: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND, ELISA FLYNN

• Sunday, Aug. 13, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Aug. 16. INDIE ROCK: FURNSSS, TRASH CAN

• Thursday, Aug. 17. STEEL DRUM MUSIC: MIMOSA

• Fridy, Aug. 18. DEEP HAMDEN—A JAZZ MINI-FESTIVAL: ALLEN LOWE & FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Saturday, Aug. 19. DEEP HAMDEN—A JAZZ MINI-FESTIVAL: AN HISTORIC; ROSEMARY MINKLER TRIO; BRIAN JARAWA GRAY

• Wednesday, Aug. 23. INDIE ROCK: ROZ & THE RICE CAKES, TEENAGE HALLOWEEN, GLAMBAT, QUIET GIANT (A TINY BOX BOOKING SHOW)

• Thursday, Aug. 24. ROCK/JAZZ/SOUL: JOE STEIN; INDIE ROCK: ALEX MCGUIRE

• Friday, Aug. 25. POP ROCK: OBERON ROSE; SINGER-SONGWRITER: CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Thursday, Aug. 31. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN ’66

• Wednesday, Sept. 6. ALT-COUNTRY: JUNEBUG SADDLE

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Sunday, Sept. 10, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

Thursday, Sept. 14. ACOUSTIC SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Sept. 29. FOLK: FLINT LADDER

• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (ODDBALL PRODUCTIONS)

• Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Oct. 5. NORDIC/CELTIC FOLK MUSIC: GARY WIKFORS AND ANGUS MOSSMAN

• Friday, Oct. 6. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Friday, Oct. 13. FLASH FICTION: PAUL BECKMAN

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Oct. 28. LIGHT UPON BLIGHT HALLOWEEN SHOW

• Saturday, Nov. 4. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

 

Thursday night wine tasting cancelled

Unfortunately, due to an insufficient number of reservations, we are cancelling tomorrow evening’s planned wine tasting and fundraiser for BVFCC. We hope to reschedule it for a better time in the fall.
 
In the meantime, if you wish to donate to Best Video Film & Cultural Center—and we could certainly use the support—while quaffing a glass of wine at home, you may do so through this link!

“Refreshing Summer Wines” Tasting to support BVFCC Thurs., July 20, with Bob Feinn of Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits and local wine wholesalers

Cool off, relax, get refreshed with a fun mid-summer benefit wine tasting for Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thursday, July 20, from 5:30-7:15 PM. Wine expert Bob Feinn of Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits and local wine wholesalers will regale attendees with fine wines just right for enjoying in the tropical summer months. Delicious hors d’oeuvres will also be offered to all attendees.

Tickets are $25 per person ($30 at the door). Call BVFCC at (203) 287-9286 for reservations.

What better way to support your local grassroots cultural center than with a joyous evening sampling and learning about fine wines from local experts? Attendees have raved about our previous wine-tasting events and we expect this one to raise the oenophile bar.

BestFest Student Films Festival offers free filmmaking workshop—”Camera! Action!”— Sun., June 4

BestFest Student Film Festival, a project of Best Video Film & Cultural Center, will offer a the second of two unique workshops for local high school student filmmakers. Each workshop covers an important but often misunderstood aspect of capturing a scene, led by a local professional expert from the industry.
 
The first workshop, “Lights!”, was held on Sunday, May 21, and led by Emmy Aard-winning documentary filmmaker Rebecca Abbott. The second, “Camera! Action!,” will take place on Sunday, June 4, and will be led by Jay Miles.
 
Each workshop will last 60-90 minutes. They are free for high school students and reservations are highly recommended.
 
BestFest Student Film Festival showcases films by area high school students. The festival is open to all high school students from New Haven, Connecticut, and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange). The first BestFest was held on Dec. 10, 2016.
• “Camera! Action!” (June 4, 3 PM): Jay Miles will detail the traditional (and non-traditional!) strategies for where to place the camera in order to best cover a scene, and address the particular challenges of location shooting. Learn about shot selection, coverage, inserts, wilds and more! Miles will also touch on some of the key elements of directing actors. From rough rehearsal, to the rhythm of calling “rolling, action, cut,” to giving notes and making adjustments. Learn about all of these strategies and more!
 

Jay Miles

Jay Miles has worked in TV, video, film and commercial production for over 20 years, including shows for NBC, ABC, FOX, the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Versus and DirecTV. He has taught media at East Haven High School, as well as at Quinnipiac University, Fairfield University and the CT School of Broadcasting. He has contributed to such magazines/Websites as Film Threat, Moviemaker, Adorama.com and Techsmith.com, as well as on panels at events including iTVFest, the annual UFVA conference and the All American High School Film Festival. His first book, “Conquering YouTube,” combines the professional and practical tips that he has used on major shoots with the approaches that he employs to help numerous beginners reach for the stars with their own successful projects.

For more information, call (203) 287-9286 or email BestFest Student Films at bestfeststudentfilms@bestvideo.com. BestFest Student Films can also be contacted through Twitter at @BestFestFilms. Information is also available at
www.bestvideo.com/student-film-festival/.

BestFest Student Films Festival offers two free filmmaking workshops Sun., May 21, and Sun., June 4

BestFest Student Film Festival, a project of Best Video Film & Cultural Center, will offer a series of two unique workshops for local high school student filmmakers. Each workshop covers an important but often misunderstood aspect of capturing a scene, led by a local professional expert from the industry.
 
Under the heading “Lights!” and “Camera! Action!,” the workshops will be held at 3 PM on Sun., May 21 (Lights!), and Sun., June 4 (Camera! Action!).
 
Each workshop will last 60-90 minutes. They are free for high school students and reservations are highly recommended.
 
BestFest Student Film Festival showcases films by area high school students. The festival is open to all high school students from New Haven, Connecticut, and adjacent communities (East Haven, West Haven, Hamden, North Haven, Woodbridge, and Orange). The first BestFest was held on Dec. 10, 2016.
 

Rebecca Abbott, professor of communications and 2010 excellence in teaching honoree. September, 2010.

• “Lights!” (May 21, 3 PM): Rebecca Abbott will cover solving common lighting challenges for a location shoot, from traditional solutions to cheap tricks for fixing lighting problems. Learn about balancing daylight and interior light, filling in shadows, tackling power concerns, and more!

 
Rebecca Abbott is Professor of Communications at Quinnipiac University and an Emmy-award winning independent filmmaker. Abbott’s documentary subjects range from aeromedical rescue from mid-east war zones, to the history of jazz music in New Haven, to the impact of war on Veterans and the role of arts in healing. Ireland’s Great Hunger and The Irish Diaspora, narrated by actor Gabriel Byrne, is her latest film.
 
• “Camera! Action!” (June 4, 3 PM): Jay Miles will detail the traditional (and non-traditional!) strategies for where to place the camera in order to best cover a scene, and address the particular challenges of location shooting. Learn about shot selection, coverage, inserts, wilds and more! Miles will also touch on some of the key elements of directing actors. From rough rehearsal, to the rhythm of calling “rolling, action, cut,” to giving notes and making adjustments. Learn about all of these strategies and more!
 

Jay Miles

Jay Miles has worked in TV, video, film and commercial production for over 20 years, including shows for NBC, ABC, FOX, the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Versus and DirecTV. He has taught media at East Haven High School, as well as at Quinnipiac University, Fairfield University and the CT School of Broadcasting. He has contributed to such magazines/Websites as Film Threat, Moviemaker, Adorama.com and Techsmith.com, as well as on panels at events including iTVFest, the annual UFVA conference and the All American High School Film Festival. His first book, “Conquering YouTube,” combines the professional and practical tips that he has used on major shoots with the approaches that he employs to help numerous beginners reach for the stars with their own successful projects.

 
For more information, call (203) 287-9286 or email BestFest Student Films at bestfeststudentfilms@bestvideo.com. BestFest Student Films can also be contacted through Twitter at @BestFestFilms. Information is also available at
www.bestvideo.com/student-film-festival/.

Now you can use an Advance Gift Form to schedule your support for BVFCC in The Great Give

Now you can use the form below to schedule your gift to Best Video Film & Cultural Center in advance of The Great Give®! See the secure form on the bottom of this post.

• The Great Give® is an annual 36-hour online-giving event to support local nonprofits sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

• YOUR support—and the support of your family members and friends—could help us win thousands of additional dollars in prizes.

• During the 36-hour giving marathon, visit TheGreatGive.org Website, find Best Video Film & Cultural Center, and click “Donate Now.”

The Great Give® is New Haven County’s spring non-profit online fundraiser. And ours! Overseen by the The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Great Give® is part of a 36-hour national charity giving marathon.

This—along with our fall Anniversary Gala (scheduled for Nov. 18)—is our most important and significant fundraising event of the year. Last year was our first time participating in The Great Give® since we became an official non-profit and we finished in first place with the greatest number of donors for a rookie organization (and 12th overall out of about 400 organizations!).

We cannot make this any clearer: Our continued existence depends on your generosity.

Fulfilling BVFCC’s mission of bringing film, music, and people together requires the support of the community.

The Great Give® starts on Tuesday, May 2, at 8 AM and lasts until Wednesday, May 3, at 8 PM. The charitable donations of you, your family members and friends could make Best Video Film & Cultural Center eligible for thousands of dollars in prizes. In 2016, we won an additional $3,000 for having the greatest number of donors to an organization participating in its first Great Give®.

Your donations to BVFCC during The Great Give® are fully tax-deductible.

Please plan on participating. During the 36-hour giving marathon, visit The Great Give® Web site, find BVFCC, and click “Donate Now.”

And pass the word along to your friends, family and associates!

Thanks for your support!

SCHEDULE YOUR DONATION NOW:

Happy Hour event for The Great Give Tues., May 2, 4-7 PM

You can support Best Video Film & Cultural Center online in the 36 hours of The Great Give.

You can schedule your gift in advance of The Great Give.

AND, now, you can have the option of supporting BVFCC in a social setting with real live friends and neighbors!

FUN! COMMUNITY! MUSIC! SNACKS! DRINK SPECIALS!

BVFCC will host a Great Give Happy Hour from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, May 2. We invite supporters to come over, bring your laptops (we supply the wi-fi!) and donate, enjoy snacks and drink specials, as well as live music. Socialize with your neighbors in person and support BVFCC online at the same time!

The Great Give is New Haven County’s spring non-profit online fundraiser. And ours! Overseen by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Great Give is part of a 36-hour national charity giving marathon.

This—along with our fall Anniversary Gala (scheduled for Nov. 18)—is our most important and significant fundraising event of the year. Last year was our first time participating in The Great Give since we became an official non-profit and we finished in first place with the greatest number of donors for a rookie organization (and 12th overall out of about 400 organizations!).

Our continued existence depends on your generosity.

Support BVFCC in The Great Give May 2-3, 2017

The Great Give is New Haven County’s spring non-profit online fundraiser. And ours! Overseen by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Great Give is part of a 36-hour national charity giving marathon.

This—along with our fall Anniversary Gala (scheduled for Nov. 18)—is Best Video Film & Cultural Center‘s most important and significant fundraising event of the year. Last year was our first time participating in The Great Give since we became an official non-profit and we finished in first place with the greatest number of donors for a rookie organization (and 12th overall out of about 400 organizations!).

The Great Give starts at 8 AM on Tuesday, May 2, and lasts until 8 PM, May 3. The charitable donations of you, your family members and friends could make Best Video Film & Cultural Center eligible for thousands of dollars in prizes. In 2016, we won an additional $3,000 for having the greatest number of donors to an organization participating in its first Great Give.

Our continued existence depends on your generosity.

Please plan on participating. During the 36-hour giving marathon, visit The Great Give Web site, find BVFCC, and click “Donate Now.” And pass the word along to your friends, family and associates!

BVFCC featured on WTNH News “Working for Connecticut” segment

Somehow we missed posting this! On March 30, WTNH-News (Channel 8) aired a “Working for Connecticut” segment on Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

WTNH cameraman Tom Parent came out to BVFCC and interviewed General Manager Richard Brown and Programing Director Hank Hoffman about how we have managed to keep going when most other video stores closed. Parent then shot extensive footage of our venue and edited it all together into this wonderful segment.

From the online post:

The explosion of streaming media turned local video stores into pop culture dinosaurs, except one.

One video store in Hamden continues to thrive by changing with the times.

Best Video and Cultural Center is an archive of over 30,000 movies. It has a cafe and a performance venue.

You can read more here and also view the segment.