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Doc Night: HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX
June 22, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Directed by Jon Nealson and Jenny Raskin
USA, 2016, DCP, 79 min
In 1969, CBS executive Don West met a group of young countercultural revolutionaries calling themselves the Videofreex who were documenting their times with primitive, early cameras. West saw an opportunity for new perspectives on the news and he outfitted them with new equipment and a fancy new van. When West’s CBS higher-ups saw the footage of Abbie Hoffman, the Black Panthers and others they axed the project – and West, so the Videofreex did exactly what you’d expect. They stole all the equipment and set out to make their own video documents of their exciting, turbulent era. This is their story, featuring lots of early video footage and their priceless anecdotes about living the life of (literal) outlaw filmmaking.
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