In I Lost It At The Video Store: A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era, author Tom Roston interviews the filmmakers--including Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and Allison Anders--who came of age during the reign of video rentals, and constructs a living, personal narrative of an era of cinema history which, though now gone, continues to shape film culture today.
I Lost It At The Video Store is on sale September 24th at The Critical Press or Amazon.
Roston has been writing and editing stories about culture and ideas for more than 20 years. In The Quantum Prophets, he seeks to uncover what lies beneath the intellectual battle between Richard Dawkins and Deepak Chopra. He sat down with Ken Burns and Lily Tomlin for in-depth, illuminating conversations (also available at amazon.com), drove across Montana with Viggo Mortensen, got tattoos (not matching) with Angelina Jolie, and once translated Khmer words into English for Kurt Vonnegut. Roston started out at The Nation and Vanity Fair, and then worked for ten years at Premiere magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Spin, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. In addition to freelance work, he writes a blog about documentaries for PBS’ award-winning POV website. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, where he mostly avoids writing about himself in the third person.
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