Dear Scarecrow customers, and film fans of all sorts,
We are happy to be able to share some very exciting news!
Last October we wrote this message asking for your help. The outpouring of love and offers
of support we received from the Seattle-area and beyond were wonderful and heartening to
all of us here at the ‘Crow, and we are ever-grateful. At the same time, it became clear that
our current business model just isn’t the best way maintain the largest publicly-available film
collection around. With this in mind, we spent the last several months looking at new ideas and
new models. We spoke to film organizations and educational institutions—really to anyone
willing to re-imagine what Scarecrow might become, and commit to our two most important
criteria: keeping the collection whole, and keeping the collection available to the public.
Then something wonderful happened.
Two people, a long-time Scarecrow employee and a long-time friend of Scarecrow, brought
to us a proposal to create a new non-profit organization which would, with a hefty dose of
community support, be able to sustain the collection and its availability for a long time to come.
It would be an enormous understatement to say that as we evaluated their plans and saw that
their projections seemed realistic, we were thrilled! It is the best possible direction we could
have wished for the future of Scarecrow Video.
This new non-profit group, The Scarecrow Project, offers all of us a great opportunity to
reinvent the world’s largest video store as a community-supported, publicly-available, non-
profit film library and resource. Today they are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise the
funds necessary for the transition and to ensure that they have sufficient operating capital as
this fledgling non-profit takes shape, and this is where you, our beloved film fans, will come
in. Reaching their funding goal will be paramount in their overall plan to take on the collection
and operate going forward. If they are able to rally the support they need to get this venture
off the ground, we will donate the collection and the infrastructure of Scarecrow Video to this
wonderful group of passionate, hard-working people who have pledged not only to maintain
and curate the library, but to keep it alive and thriving.
We are so grateful to our community of film-lovers for all the support we have received, and we
cannot imagine a better outcome, or more deserving stewards of this unparalleled collection.
Scarecrow Video will continue to operate as usual through the end of September as we work
through all the details of this transition, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as we move
Once again, thank you for reading this, and thank you for your support.
Carl Tostevin and Mickey McDonough
Owners of Scarecrow Video
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