In Search of The Last Great Video Store | Kate Hagen | TEDxBinghamtonUniversity

In today’s age of technology, entertainment is at our fingertips. We are able to play, pause, fast forward, rewind every tv show and movie we could possibly think of. When Kate wanted to watch Fresh Horses, she couldn’t stream it anywhere. This sent her on a journey to find The Last Great Video Store and explore what the loss of video stores meant for us, financially and culturally. Originally hailing from the dark heart of the American midwest (Cincinnati, Ohio of course) Kate Hagen is a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s been the Director of Community at The Black List since 2014 — her work (including in-depth filmmaker interviews, an annual exploration of feminism and horror films, and the #LastGreatVideoStore series) is primarily available on the Black List Blog.
Kate has also written for Lenny Letter, TCM, Seed & Spark, and xoJane, and her work has been featured in publications like The Hollywood Reporter, Five ThirtyEight, Vox, and Bustle. You can also hear her talk movies on How Did This Get Made?, Scriptnotes, The Canon, KPCC’s The Frame, and The Black List Table Reads.
Kate’s personal obsessions include pulp, retro, and femme aesthetics, making mixtapes, women’s rights, the spooky, secret stories of Tinseltown’s past, and her ever-growing garden. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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