Thursday, March 14, 2024

Coming attractions: The 'Kim's Video' documentary debuts at the Quad on April 5

The "Kim's Video" documentary from award-winning filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin has an April 5 theatrical release date.

First, to the official description: elegiac tribute to the iconic video store in New York City that inspired a generation of cinephiles before it mysteriously closed its doors and sent its legendary film archive to a small and slightly dubious Sicilian village for "safekeeping." But what starts as an homage to cinema quickly becomes a rescue mission to ensure the eternal preservation of the beloved video collection.
Meanwhile, the official trailer was dropped for it last week.


The Quad Cinema on 13th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue hosts the NYC theatrical premiere on April 5. Post-screening Q&As with Yongman Kim, the man, the myth, and the legend behind Kim's empire will also be held there. (Details here.)

"Kim's Video" opens April 12 at the Alamo Drafthouse in the Financial District. 

After Sundance last year, Deadline called the doc "a playful and intelligent film" ... while Variety said it's "a flaked-out, one-of-a-kind story of film obsession." On the other hand, IndieWire graded it a C+.

The video empire had a modest start in Kim's dry-cleaning business at 99 Avenue A in 1986 ... there were also two locations at different points on St. Mark's Place, including the Mondo Kim's at 6 St. Mark's Place (pictured above). The last Kim's Video & Music closed in 2014.   

As you may know, Kim's massive collection of DVDs and videos is now available to rent from the Alamo Drafthouse in the Financial District. (Background on all this here.)

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