Here Come the Videofreex
dir. Jon Nealon/Jenny Raskin, US, 2015, Video, 79 min.
Followed by a discussion with Skip Blumberg, one of the original camcorder-for-broadcast TV producers, and among the first wave of video artists in the 1970s.
In the 1960s and 70s, the Videofreex blazed a trail for truly alternative media. Tapping into a treasure trove of recently restored Videofreex tapes, including interviews with icons like Fred Hampton and Abbie Hoffman, Here Come The Videofreex charts the path of this underground video collective, from their time traveling the countercultureal beat for CBS News to the establishment of their radically local pirate television station in Lanesville, NY. Directors Nealon and Raskin the enthusiasm of the Videofreex as they attemped to harness the democratic power of portable video.
“Here Come the Videofreex should become mandatory viewing in journalism schools…the film delivers an illuminating and moving portrait of these largely unknown, intrepid renegade journalists who were the forerunners of both public access television and the contemporary freelance reporting that has become the bedrock of countless news outlets.” – Hollywood Reporter