FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL (Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, curators). 63 minutes. Plays Friday (May 4), 9:30 pm, at the Bloor. See Indie & Rep Film, page 92. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
The first two things that occurred to me while watching the Found Footage Festival flicks were that all those fashion designers trying to bring back the 80s should be shot, and that it's incredible that the human race isn't extinct yet, because apparently we're all a bunch of morons.
The Found Footage Festival, a sold-out hit in the States, is hosted by New Yorkers Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher. The clips they've compiled include a couple of exceedingly graphic workplace-safety videos, instructions from the U.S. National Video Game Team, and an evangelical preacher reading Bible verses as John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. The footage itself lasts just over an hour, but Pickett and Prueher stretch out the evening by adding their own snarky commentary.
Some of this stuff deserves mocking, like porn star Traci Lords "rapping" along to her own exercise video, or a young Arnold Schwarzenegger making an ass of himself in Rio. Other stuff, like some random guy's 40th birthday party, just makes you feel sad and then guilty for laughing. But then you remember that if YouTube had been around when these tapes were made, these folks would be all over it.