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Found Footage Film Festival
The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind comedy show featuring odd and hilarious clips from videotapes found at thrift stores and garage sales across the country. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.
The Found Footage Festival was founded in New York in 2004 and has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows across the U.S. and Canada, including the HBO Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. The festival has been featured on National Public Radio, ABC World News, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and G4 TV’s Attack of the Show, and has been named a “Critic’s Pick” in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and The Chicago Tribune.
About the Curators
Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett 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. Pickett, a former film technician, and Prueher, a former segment producer at the Late Show with David Letterman, have written for The Onion and Entertainment Weekly and recently directed the feature-length documentary, “Dirty Country” (www.dirtycountrymovie.com), which won the Audience Award at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival.
Found Footage Festival Accolades
“Skull-crushingly funny…Bank on a big crowd and more than a few laughs at the expense of videotaped others.”
“Funny enough to cause serious abdominal damage.”
“Riotous…That’s the express aim of the Found Footage Festival: vigorous, athletic laughter at the misfortune of others.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“No mortal man could possibly come up with something this entertaining...It’ll be an experience you’ll be talking about for a long time to come.”