RADICAL TV: Videofreex
Sunday 17th January 2021
WOMEN'S LIB DEMONSTRATION NYC, dir. Videofreex (Image copyright of the artist. Courtesy of Video Data Bank, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Documenting uncannily topical subject matter - from tear gas and protester tensions at the 1972 Republican Convention, to the Black Panther’s Fred Hampton advocating Free Breakfasts For Children - the Videofreex both revolutionised and radicalised citizen journalism in the late ‘60s.
Alongside other US guerilla TV collectives such as TVTV and the Raindance Foundation, the ‘Freex were galvanised by the creation of the cheap and portable Sony Portapak camera, viewing it as a revolutionary tool to take on the ‘Big Three’ networks.
Cultivating a firmly left and sympathetic platform for subjects sidelined by mainstream reportage, they interviewed the decade’s defining civil rights and anti-war activists, displaying satirical wit, a radical empathy and righteous hunger for change.
Senior programmer Tom Grimshaw will be joined in conversation by Videofreex members Skip Blumberg, Nancy Cain, Davidson Gigliotti and Mary Curtis Ratcliff for a post-screening Q&A. Programmed by Tom Grimshaw. 105’
The live-streamed Q&A will be BSL interpreted.
Please note, this screening can only be accessed by UK audiences. This programme contains description of abortion.
Presented in association with Video Data Bank.