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Festival: Film

The Found Footage Festival


Dec 15, 2012 – Dec 16, 2012

Daily (8pm)



Roxie Theater (Venue Partner)

3117 16th St




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Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are the guys behind the much-loved Found Footage Festival. The pair's brainchild was born in 1991, when they discovered a training video called "Inside and Outside Custodial Duties" in a McDonald’s break room in Stoughton, Wisconsin. The video's topic was innocuous enough, but its narrative content proved to be pricelessly, unintentionally hilarious. And with that, Pickett and Prueher launched themselves into a decade-long bender of collecting VHS tapes found in thrift stores, garage sales, and bygone industries. Finally, in 2004, they locked themselves in their apartment, watched a thousand hours' worth of collected footage, and emerged with 1.5 hours of the most golden selections, which they took on tour as the Found Footage Festival. Eight years later, with the same meticulousness, sense of humor, and reverence for the "found item" that Davy Rothbart shows to his selections in Found magazine, Pickett and Prueher continue to take the best of their newest found footage on an annual tour. Note that the guys host each show in person, and they're always keen to accept submissions of your own favorite finds.

Bonnie Chan, Flavorpill

Roxie Theater says…

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Pickett and Prueher host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.