A Madison institution is asking for help from the community to stay in business.
Four Star Video Heaven has been renting movies downtown for decades. The store's current owner wants to move on, and now five employees have banded together to try to buy the store.
The group has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $50,000 by the end of April, when the lease on the State Street building must be renegotiated.
For employees familiar with movies, they realize their plight could be the plot of a film itself.
"'Empire Records' is almost the exact situation we're in," said Lewis Peterson, one of the five trying to buy the business. "Doom is coming down from the sky, and you have to get some amount of money somehow."