Lost and Found

Discarded footage becomes a full-on festival.

Indulge your taste for the bizarre detritus of Western civilization tonight at the Found Footage Festival, a national touring act that presents some of the strangest moments ever captured on video. Curators Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have been collecting cast-off videos from thrift stores, garage sales and dumpsters since high school, and they’ve produced several volumes’ worth of the unusual, unbelievable and excruciatingly embarrassing best moments — which they present, along with live commentary, at theaters all over the country. From horrific home-beauty treatments to overly ambitious, under-talented “stars,” the festival comprises nearly two hours’ worth of undiscovered genius from hundreds of training videos, home movies and cable-access shows that provide a hilarious and unique viewpoint on the human condition.

“I think these sorts of moments that were captured on video, that people would probably rather forget about, say just as much about us as a culture as do our greatest works of art,” Prueher says. “I feel like if you’re only including the AFI Top 100 and Citizen Kane in the time capsule, it’s not a very accurate representation of what this country is all about, who we are as a people.”

See the real story of who we are — and bring your own lost gems for the curators’ consideration — at 8:30 p.m., when Prueher and Pickett present Vol-ume Two at Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli. Tickets, $9.50, can be purchased at www.denverfilm.org or at the box office. For more information, call 303-595-3456 or visit www.foundfootagefest.com.
Fri., Oct. 17, 8:30 p.m., 2008

 
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