SARASOTA- As video renaissance boxes up remaining merchandise, two Suncoast film collectors are fighting to keep those titles in the community.
The beloved video vault was one of the last standing on the Suncoast, closing its doors this month (September).
The store held more than 35,000 titles from across the globe, some can’t be found online.
To keep those titles in Sarasota, Damien Bythrow and Nathan Robinson opened a GoFundMe to purchase remaining stock from the store, to be donated to Sarasota County Public Libraries and New College Library.
“It’s a tremendously interesting place and it’s not too late to help preserve this for Sarasota and to keep it going strong. It’s part of our cultural heritage. We’re a city that is notable for knowing so much about the arts and having this art’s heritage and for the last 35 years, Video Renaissance has been a part of that,” Bythrow, a former employee said.
The duo asks for the community’s help in raising a $40,000 goal, which will cover purchase and transportation.
Video Renaissance is still open, with films available for purchase only.
Click here for Save Video Renaissance Film Archive GoFundMe.