In 2000, I opened a video café on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. It was called DV Dojo. It was across the street from CBGB on the Bowery.
The idea was pretty simple. It was going to be like an Internet café, but instead of having computers where people could send e-mails, I would have computers that would have Final Cut Pro on them.
I also bought a bunch of Canon GL2 cameras and ran classes on how to shoot and cut. I put in a massive projection system so that I could show people’s finished films on Friday nights.
I thought it was a pretty cool idea. However, $700,000 and one divorce later, it probably was not as cool as I thought ...