Scarecrow Video is in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and stands in opposition to police brutality, systemic racism, and the many terrible injustices for which our country has avoided accountability over the years. We promise to continue to provide a platform and a safe space for the voices of BIPOC and their art in our video archives, and to keep them widely available to the public.
Scarecrow’s vast archive contains many, many works by Black artists, and since it’s our mission to share all movies with everyone, we’ve compiled a list of relevant things to stream (with one or two exceptions for free) right now. Almost all of these works are available to rent from Scarecrow as well. We’ve also tried to include interviews or quotes from these artists discussing their own work in their own words.
After closing our doors in March to assist with social distancing efforts, Scarecrow Video will resume renting titles via our pickup window on Tuesday, May 19. We are asking patrons to phone in their orders, pay with a card (no cash at this time), and pick up their orders at Scarecrow.
Patrons should always check scarecrow.com for the latest information, but for now our plan is:
For those who prefer it, we are still offering our Rental by Mail service (which is now serving 13 states!). Click Here for info on signing up for that program.
by Bryan Theiss
This week’s new arrivals include a new adventure for a popular Australian detective, one of the best anti-war films ever made, a couple of Paul Bartel movies, a couple of heists (one with Henry Rollins), a cult favorite BMX movie never on disc before, and more. All of it is available via rent-by-mail, or from our pickup window:
by Bryan Theiss
As part of our continuing project to fill in our library of high-def reissues we’ve gotten in a new batch of blu-rays from Twilight Time (whose releases are limited to 3,000 copies) and Kino-Lorber. Here’s what we put out today, all of which is available via rent-by-mail, or from our pickup window:
Scarecrow is partnering with distributors to bring new movies straight to your screen. Here you’ll find a running list of movies you can stream at home, with Scarecrow getting a cut of the proceeds when you use the links here. Happy viewing!
ALL I CAN SAY
This Friday, June 26, Osciloscope brings you ALL I CAN SAY.
Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life – his family, his creative process, his television, his band’s rise to fame and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter’s birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 90’s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last work, completed 23 years after his death.
QUEEN OF LAPA
We’re proud to team up with Factory 25 to present the new film QUEEN OF LAPA. Stream it from our link and Scarecrow will get half the proceeds! Available for purchase Friday, 6/19!
A proud transgender sex worker since the age of eleven, Luana Muniz, now fifty-nine, shapes a new reality in her “hostel” by housing a new generation of transgender sex workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. QUEEN OF LAPA explores the day-to-day lives, rivalries, and quests for love of sex workers, as Muniz’s guides them in a city full of hostility towards its LGBTQ community.
MY DARLING VIVIAN
We’ve also teamed up with The Film Collaborative to present MY DARLING VIVIAN. As with the other movie, if you stream it fro us, Scarecrow gets a cut of the proceeds.
In 1951, Catholic schoolgirl Vivian Liberto meets handsome Air Force cadet Johnny Cash at her local San Antonio, Texas skating rink. Their whirlwind summer romance lays the foundation for a feverish three-year-long correspondence while Johnny is stationed in Germany. Thousands of letters later, the two marry upon his return in 1954. Within a year, a career blossoms and a family is started. By 1961, Johnny Cash is a household name, number one on the music charts, and perpetually on tour. Meanwhile, only two weeks postpartum, Vivian settles into their custom-built home in Casitas Springs, California with their four young daughters. Plagued by bobcats, rattlesnakes, all-hours visits from fans, and a growing resentment toward her husband’s absence, Vivian is pushed to a near breaking point when she and her daughters are targeted by hate groups over her perceived race. In My Darling Vivian, we will meet the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, share with us first hand, for the first time, the entire story of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival.
by Bryan Theiss
This week’s new arrivals include movies from Poland, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Ireland and Hong Kong, a masterpiece of sports documentary, an exciting new horror anthology series, three Barbara Stanwyck classics, two movies directed by Basil Dearden, two by Vittorio De Sica, two by Claude Chabrol, fourteen (!) discs worth of legendary exploitation director Al Adamson’s movies from a limited edition box set, and much more! You can rent them all from our pickup window or via rent-by-mail.
by Bryan Theiss
This week’s new arrivals include a documentary about the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, some Japanese sci-fi classics by Ishirō Honda, multiple appearances by Romy Schneider, a former sidekick of the Joker going solo, and much more. They’re all available from our pickup window or to rent by mail.
by Bryan Theiss
This week we have some horror (new, classic and controversial), some new sci-fi oddities (one Russian, one religious), some documentaries, an acclaimed super hero mini-series, and much more. All are available from our pickup window or via rent-by-mail.