Be Kind, Rewind

Regard with respect the breakthrough technology that was VHS, you overindulged child of the digital age. The home-video revolution of the mid-‘70s introduced a raft of life-changing features you take for granted: small-screen movie-watching, time-shifting of TV shows and -- put your hands together, if they’re not too sticky -- the mainstreaming of pornography. The annual touring Found Footage Festival reminds us most amusingly of another crucial VHS contribution: It put the means of production in the hands of the masses. Along with the garish buffoonery produced for television by so-called professionals, any schmuck could make a tape for some illusory target audience. A choice selection of embarrassing auto-exposures, misguided instructional videos, and preserved-for-eternity (now that the footage has been digitized) examples of atrocious ‘80s fashion sense awaits you tonight, augmented by the straight outta Brooklyn comedic shenanigans of FFF co-curators and co-hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher. Yuk it up, but remember: 30 years from now, your amateur movies may end up providing strangers with hours of viewing pleasure.
March 4-5, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m., 2011

 
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