We recently wrapped up the theatrical release of Records Collecting Dust. The film saw over 60 stops in the United States, Mexico, Germany, and Ireland -- including the Middle of the Map Film Festival, Too Drunk to Watch Punkfilmfest, and the Belfast Film Festival.
This entire process has been a truly “DIY” approach. We relied heavily on our friends, family, and contacts to book each of these screenings. Probably the most important piece to our success was the support and partnership with the local indie record stores in each town. In many cases, store owners and managers took it upon themselves to showcase Records Collecting Dust at their local theater, art gallery, or venue. This level of support and enthusiasm greatly exceeded our expectations and we are forever grateful for it!
As a kid growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I used to look forward to family vacations to bigger cities for the opportunity to actually step foot in a vinyl record store. Today there are three different stores in six locations in Fort Wayne. Record stores play an integral role in promoting arts and culture in every town. Usually the owner is involved in a number of art and music related projects; from bringing in outside touring acts to hosting intimate in store performances. Nobody’s getting rich off this! It’s a labor of love. So don’t forget, support your local indie store if you care about living in a culturally rich community.