Two of Hollywood’s best-known names in filmmaking, Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary, are joining forces to produce something completely different – a podcast. They have inked a deal with Stitcher to launch The Video Archives Podcast that will take listeners into the screening room as the Oscar-winning duo revisits film classics from the iconic movie rental store where they got their start.
In 1983, Tarantino and Avary started working together at the original location of the iconic Video Archives movie rental store in Manhattan Beach, California. It’s there that the pair, who went on to collaborate on the Oscar-winning screenplay for the movie “Pulp Fiction,” began to share their love of lesser-known films, with each other and with the store’s customers. Their knowledge of cinema and classic movies became so revered that it turned them into local celebrities, bringing new audiences to the selections they recommended, and setting the trajectory for their careers in filmmaking.
Now, more than 30 years later, Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood) and Avary (Pulp Fiction, The Rules of Attraction) will revisit those classics on The Video Archives Podcast. On each episode, they will re-watch and discuss movies pulled from the actual collection of VHS tapes that they used to recommend to customers, which Tarantino acquired in 1995 and used to rebuild the Video Archives store in his home. From controversial James Bond films to surprising exploitation flicks, the duo, joined by their announcer Gala Avary, will expose listeners to movies they didn't know they’d love, give awards to their favorites, and even rate the quality of the video transfer.
"We never imagined that 30 years after we worked together behind the counter at Video Archives, we would be together again doing the exact same thing we did back then: talking passionately about movies on VHS,” said Tarantino and Avary in a joint statement. “Watching movies was what originally brought us together and made us friends, and it's our love of movies that still brings us together today. So we surrounded ourselves with the original Video Archives collection, where we both worked before we became celebrated filmmakers, and time-traveled ourselves back to the golden age of VHS. We love to discuss movies, and we want to welcome you into the Video Archives Podcast to hang with us and Archives' new employee Gala, and discover the hidden VHS gems on our shelves."
SXM Media, the combined advertising revenue organization of Sirius XM Holdings Inc., has exclusive global ad sales rights for The Video Archives Podcast. The Video Archives Podcast will be available via Stitcher and all other podcast apps, with production support from Earwolf, Stitcher’s comedy podcast network.
“Quentin and Roger have made such enduring marks on filmmaking,” said Scott Greenstein, Chief Content Officer at SiriusXM, “And it's remarkable to think that it all goes back to a video rental store in Manhattan Beach. We’re so excited to be able to help them revisit this formative moment in their careers, and to bring their recommendations to new and larger audiences.”
The show is produced by Josh Richmond and Gala Avary, and engineered by Devon Bryant, with executive producers Colin Anderson and Natalie Mooallem.
The Video Archives Podcast is represented by WME and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.