The Found Footage Festival


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At the Circle Cinema Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30. Tickets are $11.00.

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties” in a McDonald’s break room. Since then, they have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos. Pickett and Prueher, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, directed the feature-length documentary, Dirty Country, which won the Audience Award at the South By Southwest Film Festival.

Two rules govern Found Footage Festival: 1) Footage must be found on physical format.  No YouTube. 2) It has to be unintentionally funny. Whatever it’s trying to do, it has to fail miserably at that.

Since the first tour in 2004, the Found Footage Festival has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., 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, 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 Village VoiceLos Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle (“Riotous!”), (“Skull-crushingly funny.”), The Stranger, andThe Chicago Tribune.

In 2009, we launched this website you’re at right now. And by the summer of 2010, we’ll have wrapped up a 9 month, 100 show, 69 city Found Footage Festival tour of the U.S. and Canada. Found Footage Festival will be back in September, 2010 to kick off an all-new “Volume 5” tour in New York City.

Our comedy credits include The Onion and Late Show With David LettermanThe Colbert Reportand Mystery Science Theater 3000. So you can be assured you are in good hands. We’re experts. We are also the directors of the award-winning feature-length documentary, Dirty Country, which won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival.

So sit back, adjust the tracking on your VCR, and enjoy the show.


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