On the occasion of his latest film, The Dundee Project, filmmaker pal Mark Borchardt (Coven) has curated a great selection of films at Scarecrow Video in Seattle. Stop by if you’re near there or just read his thoughts below.
“I was pleased when asked to curate a special section of personal picks on the shelves of the venerated Scarecrow Video. This afforded me an opportunity to showcase my cinematic enthusiasms to an audience that might appreciate those particular filmic insights. My essential interest in cinema has resided in the American experimental narrative era of the late 60’s through the early 70’s, as well as the European art cinema offerings of the mid-century. If you dig filmmaking and the theoretical ponderings that reside among its makers, be sure to check out William Greaves’s Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One. What a wonderful foray into the intellectual process of a 16mm outing that defines what meta is all about. And be sure to catch Dennis Hopper in one heck of a doc, The American Dreamer, as it captures all his wild, glorious, determined doings as Hopper struggles in his own abyss to complete editing on his opus, The Last Movie.
Welles and Bergman have always been my guys. Little seen but fantastic in its own right, is Welles’s F For Fake, an ode to the smoke and mirrors of life and art, as well as film itself. This of course brings us up to his posthumous offering The Other Side of the Wind, a must-see for any cinephile. Its been a long wait but that film only goes to prove that patience is a virtue. Bergman rocks the house of existential angst with Persona, Hour of the Wolf, and Scenes from a Marriage on these shelves. Which reminds me of our man on this side of the shores, John Cassavetes. He’s given us riveting parables of social intercourse from Shadows to Faces and of course, A Woman Under the Influence.
There are so many dynamic, affecting films at hand that each deserves their own additional accolades, but time is tight and one must continue to roll in many directions. I’ll leave the scene with a reminder to check out my latest venture, The Dundee Project which is enjoying a recent release. In it, I try to capture the essence of a small town under siege of other-worldly happenings (or so it’s suspected). Heedless of the actualities at hand, various colorful characters weigh in regarding alien visitations as they anticipate more to come. And with that I give you whole-hearted thanks for your patronage and offer you nothing but the best in life and cinema…”
Busy prepping for tonight’s VCR Party Live!, where Joe celebrates his birthday by strapping Rejuveniques to each of Nick’s ass cheeks and zapping him periodically. Tune in to VCR Party Live! every Tuesday at 9pm ET live on Facebook and youtube.
Atlas Obscura recently came to visit us at our FFF office and VHS vault. They spent the day poking around our shelves of “special interest” VHS with their cameras and their chubby fingers. It was a tremendous amount of fun and a nice break from our “never-ending hunt for oddball footage.” See for yourself!
Friends, the lawsuit is officially over. After almost a full year of Gray TV aggressively pursuing their losing cause, they finally wised up and settled. This is a big win for us. Gray TV was asking us to cover all of their legal fees, for us to make a public apology, and all sorts of other preposterous things and, because of your generous donations, we were able to hire a lawyer and stand up to them. Every single dollar you donated at GoFundMe went to pay our legal bills and keep us afloat over the past year. The lawsuit was dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be retried, and this sets an important precedent for others who want to point out the absurdity of the news, whether they’re wearing Zubaz workout pants or not.
Joe and I cannot thank you enough for all your support over the past year. The Found Footage Festival would not have been able to continue if it weren’t for your contributions, so from the bottom of our hearts, thanks. We talk about some of the highlights/lowlights from the lawsuit in the video but we are happy to answer any questions over email@example.com or Facebook as well. Vice News is also doing a piece on the whole thing this week, so stay tuned for an update on where to find that.
We are reinvigorated and will redouble our efforts to put news stations to the test in the dumbest way possible. Will a particularly incompetent cat trainer make the rounds on local stations later this year? Time will tell. In the meantime, thanks again and, as always, give thanks for strengths!
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Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher return with an eighth installment of VHS relics they’ve salvaged from thrift stores, garage sales and garbage cans across the country. Found Footage Festival: Volume 8 highlights include a collection of satanic panic videos from the 80s, a star-studded Desert Storm parade sponsored by Taco Bell, outtakes and on-air bloopers from over ten years of North Dakota local news, and selections from David Letterman’s Video Collection, inherited by the Found Footage Festival when Dave retired. Recorded live in front of a sold-out audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn on February 24th, 2017. Watch the trailer.
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No words could do these found band publicity photos justice, so we won’t bother to even try. Enjoy these band pics below, then head over to sadanduseless.com to see them all. We wee sorta surprised not to see Knight Crawler nor Panther among the band photos.