Found Footage Festival | Chicago Reader

Found Footage Festival

New York video scavengers Geoff Haas, Joe Pickett, and Nick Prueher will present a 90-minute program of material “found at garage sales and thrift stores, and in warehouses and Dumpsters throughout the country.” The screener I saw was only 73 minutes but contained more than enough twisted humanity to keep me awake a few nights. It Only Takes a Second (1996) and Life Is for Living (2000), safety videos by the Federated Mutual Insurance Company, update the old highway scare films of the 50s with rapid montage of awful accidents around the home and workplace. Funny, disturbing, and disorienting, the program mixes the personal (a rural Memorial Day party gone wild) and the public (desperate home-shopping-channel hacks), the campy (inspirational video by Michael Bolton and Mr. T) and the bleak (an endless blooper reel from a weary, profane, and shockingly bitter Winnebago pitchman).

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