Friday April 25th 2014

BEHOLD FOUND FOOTAGE

By: Shannon Bryan

Found Footage Festival

The sweet thing about recording devices? They record for posterity.

The downside? The posterity.

Video is an easy-access luxury these days, which means there’s no shortage of ridiculously awesome video clips (ninja cats and groin-smashing skateboarders among them).

But the footage captured when video was still new to the masses – way back in those VHS days of yore – that’s the stuff the Found Footage Festival is made of.

Imagine an 80s-era video dedicated to the dos and don’ts of ferret ownership (including instructions on ferret bathing). Or one comprised of piano-accompanied duets boasting complex lyrics like, “meow, meow, meow, meow, meeeeoow.” Imagine sexy treadmill workout tapes with nude power walkers or footage of a masked, Speedo-clad gentleman spattered in sauce, marching in place while he drums his own chest with handfuls of raw meat.

These are the videos that stood the test of time – for better or worse. These are the videos that someone forgot to destroy, and they eventually turned up at a resale shop or garage sale, much to the joy of Found Footage Festival founders Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett.

Nick and Joe have been through town with loads of unintentionally hilarious footage before, adding in their own comedic commentary between videos. And now they’re returning for another round 7:30 pm Friday at SPACE Gallery, Portland.

For a teasing sneak peek of what’s in store:

Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance at foundfootagefest.com.

FMI: www.space538.org