The Yellow Brick Road Fundraising Campaign!


On July 11th, another major SDOT project, the repaving of our part of Roosevelt, begins in front of Scarecrow. This is the fourth construction project in the last year to happen within one block of us, creating new challenges for our patrons. So we’re papering over our big back wall with our own Yellow Brick Road! This fundraising campaign will pave the way into the next phase of Scarecrow’s non-profit vision. Once we’re over this hump we can get back to what matters most: solidifying our place as a Seattle institution and community resource.

How you can help:           

The Yellow Brick Road campaign builds a new path forward and that means we need lots and lots of bricks – and lots of friends to share the way!

        • $2 and up: Put your name on a yellow brick that will help us build our road.
        • $10 and up: Ruby Slippers…click your heels three times and say “There’s no place like Scarecrow!”
        • $20 and up: We’ll pin up a Flying Monkey with your name on it!
        • $50 and up: You can choose from a grab bag of Oz characters like Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, Glinda or the Wicked Witch, or our namesake, the Scarecrow!
        • $100 and up: In the Land of Oz, anything is possible. Turn the Yellow Brick Road into Fury Road with your own Mad Max or Furiosa!

If you’re contributing at the $50 Level, remember to leave your choice of Oz characters in the Notes field, and please let us know how you’d like your name written (or if you’d like something different) on any reward you choose!

When we started our non-profit venture two years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the challenges that would be thrown at us by local construction zones. It’s thanks to our loyal patrons that we’ve been able to survive this tough year.

As we head into this (hopefully) final construction project, we’ve tightened our belt even more, but we still need to call on the incredible film-loving community in Seattle to step up again to help us get through. On July 6th, we’re kicking off our Yellow Brick Road campaign to pave the way into a construction-free future.

Funds raised in this campaign will go directly toward general operations –things like paying the rent, keeping the lights on, and paying our staff. As a young non-profit, we’re still building relationships with funders. Receiving a boost at this critical time will allow us to get through the tough months ahead. Thank you so much for your continued support!

SHRIEK Women of Horror: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

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by Evan J Peterson

On Tuesday, July 5th, we’ll gather in Scarecrow Video’s screening room for another session of SHRIEK: A Women of Horror Film & Discussion Class. This month, we’ll talk about Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, a cult classic that offers us two iconic Hollywood actresses pitted against one another in a very unflattering (but superbly acted) showdown. Read More

Kleenex, Cries, and Videotape: Movies that Make Me Weep

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by Emalie Soderback

Sometimes, you know that nothing would be better for your emotional and physical wellbeing than a darn good cry. Not a silent-weeping-on-the-bus-home cry, or a hide-in-the-backroom-at-work cry (believe me, you won’t feel a hundo percent after those kind of cries)—but a solid, be the king or queen of your living room or bedroom, in front of a sizable screen, THAT MOVIE JUST DESTROYED ME cry. Sometimes you need one of those, and how many times can you watch Up before you start becoming numb to that heartbreaking first ten minutes? Here are a few cinematic treats that make me absolutely lose it. If these films can crack open my usually tough as nails exterior, I’m sure they’ll emotionally wreck you (just kidding, I’m actually a giant sensitive baby who cries at cute dogs.)

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The Glorious Discomfort of Fateful Findings

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by Andre Couture

It’s usually hard to begin sorting out your thoughts when it comes to cinema that challenges your understanding of how ideas are communicated through film. It is even harder to sort out those thoughts when the film in question is Fateful Findings. The film was written, directed, edited, stars and is distributed by Neil Breen, a man whose creative process proves enigmatic to many — even those who have been following him since 2005, when he released his first feature-length film Double Down. Fateful Findings, Breen’s third film thus far, has picked up traction as one of his most popular, and one of the most across-the-board eccentric storytelling experiences ever committed to film. And, of course, it’s his most accessible film. Remember this. Read More

The Best of DYKE TV on VHS (1993-2007)

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by Clyde Petersen

In the winter of 2014, Clyde Petersen and Paul Shin began the overwhelming task of watching and reviewing every film in the GLBTQ section of Scarecrow Video. While Paul and Clyde have only made it through a few hundred of these films so far, it’s fair to say they are slowly becoming historians in the art of the DIY Homemade Homosexual Art Films. This series will highlight a select few standouts. Find out more here:

For many years I have wanted to watch DYKE TV. I perused the films at Scarecrow Video and over and over these 4 VHS tapes stood out. But no one would watch them with me and it felt lonely watching them alone.

Until one day, just weeks ago. My friend Colleen was in town for the film scholar conference. We attended a film screening at Scarecrow of a video called Adjust your Tracking. The filmmakers traveled the country interviewing total VHS addicts who binge purchase videotapes when movie stores close.

In addition to this inspiring film, Scarecrow Video had recently publicly acknowledged their financial troubles. My head throbbed.

What if I never see DYKE TV? Read More