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Hamden's Best Video Remains A Gatekeeper Of Film Culture

Hamden's Best Video Remains A Gatekeeper Of Film Culture

One of the best and most irreplaceable film archives on the East Coast began with a phone call from Hank Paper's father in New Jersey.

At the time, in the early 1980s, Paper was living in Santa Monica, managing an apartment building, raising a young family while also shopping screenplays around Hollywood and taking meetings where money was often discussed but seldom delivered.

His father, a successful small businessman back in Jersey, had a better idea.

"He told me, 'There are these places called video shops, Hank, you should check 'em out,'" recalled Paper more than 30 years later while sitting inside his much-beloved Best Video in Hamden's Spring Glen...

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