New documentary on Hamden’s best video ‘love story for movies’

The video rental store’s inventory has since grown to include more than 40,000 titles, becoming a moviegoer’s paradise and a community hotspot where movie lovers can hold and treasure media that’s about to consume.

“This place is really about the love of film,” said Best Video CEO Julie Smith. “Every single person that works here… they’re not just movie fanatics, they’re movie freaks. They live and breathe the film.”

That passion and appreciation for film and its various physical forms will be one of the central themes of local filmmaker Gorman Bechard’s new feature-length documentary about Best Video – believed to be the last remaining video rental business in the state after the recent closing of Video 7 in Shelton.

“It’s really a love story about movies, about the physical environment and about (Best Video) being local,” said Bechard, whose production company, What Were We Thinking Films, produced “Pizza, A Love Story” (2019) and several other documentaries.

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