Reviving Vidiots with Maggie Mackay and Claudia Puig

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This week host Paul Dergarabedian is joined by Maggie Mackay and Claudia Puig who are the Executive Director and Board Member respectively of Vidiots, the iconic L.A. video store, which is relaunching as an expanded entertainment, social, and community space in Eagle Rock, CA. Listen as Maggie and Claudia share their vision for the new theater and how they hope to expand upon the typical movie theater experience. Then stick around to find out when you can expect to visit and how you can help make this dream a reality!

This episode covers:

  • The relaunched and reimagined Vidiots
  • Expanding the movie theater and video store experiences for film lovers
  • The importance of focusing on minority voices in film
  • The history of the Eagle Theatre and why it’s the perfect location
  • How community efforts have made this possible and how you can help

ABOUT THIS EPISODE'S GUESTS:

Maggie Mackay and Claudia Puig are the Executive Director and Board Member respectively of Vidiots, the iconic L.A. video store-turned-501(c)(3) non-profit, which is relaunching as an expanded entertainment, social, and community space at the historic Eagle Theatre in beautiful Eagle Rock where they will be serving beer, wine, food, selling specialty retail, along with offering 50,00 film and TV media titles on DVD, BluRay and even 11,000 rare VHS tapes.

Vidiots is a woman-run, woman-founded project dedicated to creating algorithm-free, equitable access to film and human interaction around art, showcasing the work of under-represented and recognized artists and creatives, producing unique film, television, and media events and building community through impactful programs.

If you wish to help Vidiots recover from setbacks caused by the global pandemic, please donate here: https://www.vidiotsfoundation.org/donate.

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