The Found Footage Film Festival

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The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of found videos, will make a one-night only appearance in Asheville as part of its 2008 North American tour. Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, will present their unique blend of video clips and live comedy in two big shows at the Asheville Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 and 10 p.m. The shows are being sponsored locally by the Media Arts Project and OrbitDVD.
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Genre: Comedy
Director: Various
Starring: Equally Various
Rated: NR

This isn’t a film, but rather an assemblage of what the Found Footage folks themselves call “truly craptastic” videos, instructional films, home movies and public-access TV. “Craptastic” is a good word, but downright weird might be a better description. Perhaps there just isn’t anything as utterly incomprehensible to an outsider as a home movie, but frankly, some instructional films and public-access shows—not to mention self-promotion videos—aren’t that far behind. The biggest difference is that your mind shifts from the “what the hell is this?” mode of the home-movie world to the “what the hell were these people thinking/drinking/smoking/taking?” realm when confronted by offerings that actually were intended for other people to watch. I’m not sure which is the more amusing or jaw-droppingly weird.

Since this material is meant to be seen with hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, I’ve only seen a pale imitation of the actual experience of seeing the show itself. I can only imagine that viewing this material with the hosts and with an audience would take the accidental surrealism of it all to a level of hysterical laughter. This much is certain: The strange, the bizarre, the stupid, the incomprehensible and the just plain creepy are all grist of the mill for The Found Footage Film Festival, and there’s a lot of it.

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About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress since December 2000. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

One thought on “The Found Footage Film Festival

  1. Dr. Awesome

    Check out the WPVM interview with Nick from the Found Footage Festival.

    archive.wpvm.org/specials/WPVM_-_Doctor_Awesome_Show_-_Found_Footage_Festival_Interview_100808.m3u

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