Seventeen workplace sexual-harassment videos edited down to three greatest hits minutes, a public-access clip of a crazy old man explaining his odd method of saving the world, and a montage of training videos from Wendys, Chick-fil-A and a Chicago grocery store. Thats just a taste of what youll find at the Found Footage Festival, a celebration of odd, zany and often hilarious videos that are cast away. The cultural comment is kind of an unintentional byproduct, says co-curator Nick Prueher. Basically, were doing it because we think its funny. Anytime you take videos that were intended to be shown in one respect, like a break room, and put it in a theater with a hundred people I guess you could call that art. Theres something distinctly American about the disposable, poorly produced creations of people with a lot of ambition and very little talent.
This years Festival will include a local connection, in the form of contributions from collector/artist/hoarder Andrew Novick (of the Lab at Belmars The Astounding Problem of Andrew Novick). Were on a spring tour, which is taking us to 25 cities over eight weeks, says Prueher. Weve played a lot of places but had never been to Denver until last year, and we instantly fell in love with it and made some great contacts.
The festival takes place today and tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. at Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli; tickets are $9.50. For more information, call 303-595-3456, ext. 250, or go to www.denverfilm.org.
April 10-11, 8:30 p.m., 2009