Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled Inside and Outside Custodial Duties at a McDonald’s in their home state of Wisconsin. Since then, they have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous, and profoundly stupid videos for the Found Footage Festival (FFF), a one-of-a-kind event showcasing VHS novelties found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Along with a popular biweekly web series on The Onion’s A.V. Club, the duo also hosts an acclaimed touring show. This year, they celebrate FFF’s 10th anniversary by bringing a whole new lineup of found video clips and live comedy to over 80 cities in the US, Canada, and Europe. On June 24th, the show will stop in Pittsburgh to entertain audiences at Regent Square Theater.
For Found Footage Festival: Volume 7, Pickett and Prueher will once again take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates. Among the new clips featured in the 2014 program are a bizarre instructional video from 1997 with the redundant title How to Have Cybersex on the Internet, Special Delivery – a 1994 video for dog breeders about a process known as “whelping,” newly unearthed footage of the world’s most obnoxious home shopping hosts, John & Johnny (c. 1987), complete with a reunion orchestrated by the FFF curators, and a three-minute presentation of 101 Jesuses culled from dozens of religious videos.
Found Footage Festival: Volume 7 will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available for purchase at the FFF website. The event is presented as part of the week-long Brooklyn Brewery Mash, America’s largest traveling food and arts festival, which will take place in Pittsburgh from June 24th through June 28th.