The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.
We began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties” in a McDonald’s break room. Since then, we have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous, and profoundly stupid videos on VHS.
It was finally in 2004, after more than ten years of collecting and sharing, we locked ourselves up in our apartment for three months with more than a thousand hours of found footage, and we watched. We watched one thousand hours of this odd and hilarious, often surprising, found treasure. When we emerged, we had distilled a thousand hours of footage into just the most sublime spectacles, intriguing characters, and beguiling, if not insightful, looks into those who lived during the golden days of the VHS dynasty. We had found 90 minutes of needles in a thousand haystacks. We called it Found Footage Festival.
Two rules govern Found Footage Festival: 1) Footage must be found on physical format. No YouTube! 2) It has to be unintentionally funny. Whatever itâ€™s trying to do, it has to fail miserably at that. And no YouTube.
Since the first tour in 2004, the Found Footage Festival has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Europe, including the HBO Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. The festival has been featured on National Public Radio, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and G4 TVâ€™s Attack Of The Show, and has been named a criticâ€™s pick in dozens of publications, including The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle (“Riotous!”), AVClub.com (“Skull-crushingly funny.”), The Stranger, and The Chicago Tribune.
Our comedy credits include The Onion and Late Show With David Letterman, The Colbert Report and Mystery Science Theater 3000. So you can be assured you are in good hands. We’re experts. We are also the directors of the award-winning feature-length documentary, Dirty Country, which won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival.
So sit back, adjust the tracking on your VCR, and enjoy the show.
Wanna talk? Got a video we need to know about? A good second-hand store tip we should check out? Drop us a line.
Joe Pickett, Co-Founder and Host, joe[at]foundfootagefest.com
Nick Prueher, Co-Founder and Host, nick[at]foundfootagefest.com
Glenn Severance, Business Whathaveyous, glenn[at]foundfootagefest.com