Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The 6th Found Footage Festival, touring Canada and U.S.

The Found Footage Festival is a traveling film festival founded by New Yorkers Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett. For twenty years, the pair have scoured gift shops, garage sales and dumpsters to uncover discarded videotapes and DVDs. Their unusual discoveries include training tapes, public-access television clips and B-list celebrity exercise videos. Most famously they discovered the YouTube sensation Jack Rebney: The World’s Angriest RV Salesman, which became the subject of a documentary Winnebago Man.

For the last six years, they've taken the best of their finds on the road for the Found Footage Festival. Their 75-city tour brings them to the Theatre Ste. Catherine in Montreal on February 1, followed by Ottawa's Mayfair Theatre on the 2nd and the Bloor Cinema in Toronto on the 3rd and 4th. After a few more months on the road in the U.S., they return to Canada with a date in Winnipeg on April 26 at The Royal Albert Arms.

The screenings begin with a 25th-anniversary screening of the cult documentary hit Heavy Metal Parking Lot. USA Today described it as “an anthropological masterpiece” and it provides a candid look at Maryland headbangers getting ready for a Judas Priest concert.

Other gems include exercise videos by Cher, self-hypnosis tapes to make yourself a better lover, and seven different instructional tapes on ventriloquism.


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