Smart Bets: The Found Footage Festival

Like benevolent versions of the evil spirits in Poltergeist, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are baaa-aack with their latest installment in the seemingly bottomless Found Footage Festival. The childhood friends scour the country in search of oddball VHS tapes at thrift stores and estate sales, curate the best and strangest finds, and take their show on the road to share it with like-minded audiences. Among the standout inclusions in Volume 9 are recently discovered footage from the 1987 Miss Junior America Wisconsin pageant; home movies from a Canadian hose factory; and a fitness video titled “Jugglercise.” Guiding viewers through these bizarre clips, Pickett and Prueher provide live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the “stars.” The evening of entertainment comes to The Grey Eagle on Friday, Aug. 30, for an 8 p.m. presentation. $15. Photo courtesy of Pickett and Prueher


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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