Here Come The Videofreex

  • 79'
  • USA
  • 2015
In 1968, Sony introduced the first portable video camera, the PortaPak. A few took advantage of the new medium to tell their own stories and offer an alternative to broadcasters like CBS. They wanted to show the ‘real world’, not manipulated TV reality. They set up the collective Videofreex, because "we were different, we were freaks". Between 1969 and 1974, they hit the streets every day to record the blossoming American counterculture: they were present at Woodstock, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, women's lib meetings and student sit-ins. The ‘radicals’ worked briefly for the influential CBS, but it backed out of a report about the Black Panthers. To earn some money, they pioneered video projects at concerts. They also started a local pirate broadcasting station with news for and by the inhabitants of the village where the collective was staying. These days their do-it-yourself ethic is ubiquitous: we are all videofreex.


Directors
Jenny Raskin, Jon Nealon
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
79'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Jenny Raskin, Jon Nealon
Production Company
NR Productions
Sales
Moldy Tapes LLC
Cinematography
The Videofreex
Editor
Jon Nealon
Website
http://videofreexfilm.com