The beloved video store-turned film non-profit will close the doors of its original location on February 15 th , but will maintain many of its services and programs as it identifies a new location

Los Angeles, CA (January 24, 2017) – Vidiots, the non-profit film foundation, video store and longtime resource for film lovers and filmmakers alike, will temporarily close its doors on February 15, 2017. With rising costs of operation in Santa Monica, Vidiots Foundation is leaving their Westside store. Targeting to
re-open in 2018, the organization will use the transition period to find a new, permanent home in a more widely accessible Los Angeles location.

Vidiots will also spend its “cocooning” period to focus on its mission of fostering meaningful human interaction around cinema, preserving and providing access to its diverse and growing library of over 50,000 films, and producing unique screening and education programs.

“Although leaving our home of over 30 years will be bittersweet, we are elated that Vidiots Foundation’s next chapter will ensure the preservation and growth of our vast film collection. We look forward to welcoming a new community and to reuniting with our long-standing customers and dedicated members in a new home!” said Vidiots founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber.

During the transition, Vidiots will continue to grow its library with new releases, rare finds, films at risk of becoming unavailable to the public, and undistributed gems from the festival circuit not available anywhere else. It will also invest in expanding its operations and services to relaunch as a larger, more comprehensive, and sustainable non-profit organization with a diverse donor base.

Longtime and faithful Vidiots donor Annapurna Pictures will be making the first donation of funds to help support the foundation while in transition and will continue to make additional, sustaining contributions for three years to help Vidiots establish and run their new location. The company will also spearhead the digitization of their VHS library to help keep the spirit of the rare collection alive, preserved, and accessible.

Commented Executive Director Maggie Mackay, “I’m thrilled the Vidiots legacy will continue, and that the singular library Patty and Cathy have built will remain a resource for all of Los Angeles and beyond. With the support of our dear friends at Annapurna Pictures during this transition, we will continue building an extensive donor base and identify a more central location with unlimited potential, so that Vidiots can re-launch as a fully functional, inclusive film space designed for everyone from the most budding film lovers to the most seasoned cinephiles and filmmakers.”

During the hiatus, the Vidiots library will be held in safe storage and Vidiots will maintain many of its signature programs. Vidiots’ friends at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles will be hosting the foundation in the Theatre’s 50-seat Pickford Screening Room for screenings and events, including a
library pop-up with curated films for rental. In fall of 2017, the venue will also host Vidiots’ second Harry Dean Stanton Award tribute, honoring a member of the film community whose body of work has helped shape American cinema. Last year’s inaugural ceremony featured tributes and performances from Harry Dean Stanton, Father John Misty, Anjelica Huston, Karen O, and David Lynch, among many others. The 2017 recipient and show date will be announced in May.

Our doors will close on February 15, all rentals will be due back by February 20, when we will begin to pack up our inventory. On February 17, we will host a celebratory Open House with music, food, and libations. We hope you’ll join us!

Vidiots Foundation is an inclusive and ever-expanding community hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and anyone curious about cinema. Vidiots is a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization dedicated to the cinematic arts through showcasing the work of emerging and master artists, presenting unique film and education programs, and preserving and providing access to a diverse and growing library of over 50,000 titles.

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Annapurna Pictures, founded by Megan Ellison, focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality content that is critically and commercially conscious while still appealing to a diverse audience. By upholding Ellison’s vision to put filmmakers and artists first and preserve their authentic creative voices no matter
the genre or medium, in 5 years, the company has garnered a total of 31 Academy Award nominations for their projects, including ZERO DARK THIRTY, JOY, THE MASTER, FOXCATCHER, and THE GRANDMASTER. Ellison is also one of only four honorees ever to receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year, with HER and AMERICAN HUSTLE both earning nods in 2014. Annapurna’s most recent
project is Mike Mills’ Golden Globe-nominated 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup, which A24 released in December. Other 2016 titles from the company include SAUSAGE PARTY, WIENER-DOG, and EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, with THE BAD BATCH set for release in 2017. Annapurna is currently in post-production on Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s UNTITLED DETROIT
PROJECT and is developing the film adaptation of Maria Semple’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, to be directed by Richard Linklater. Additionally, Annapurna is partners with Boal on the company Page One, where they produced season two of the hit podcast SERIAL. Bigelow also directed and partnered with Annapurna on the animated short LAST DAYS, about illegal elephant poaching and the ivory trade.