A fascinating look at an eccentric music shop keeper in NYC
With CDs, VHSs and old cassette tapes stacked head high, Rainbow Music is a hoarder’s paradise.
This short film beautifully captures something that is fast disappearing from our world, small shops run by individuals who do it because they love what they’re selling, passing on their lifelong knowledge, small is beautiful and it’s going, going, gone, replaced by ugly, impersonal, sterile chainstores, self service checkouts, shopping malls, online shopping…What desolate, souless place we are allowing our cities to become…
However, its quirky owner, known as ‘The Birdman’, knows exactly where everything is.
Amidst the Starbucks and Subways popping up on every corner of the East Village, Rainbow Music maintains its mom and pop feel, and is a hidden gem to its patrons.
Due to the weak economy, online music sales and pirating, and the changing neighborhood, this charismatic curmudgeon is struggling to sell what he has in his store. Despite these challenges, The Birdman carries on to his own tune.