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.
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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