Brooklyn Bloggery

50 States of Found Footage

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The Found Footage Festival (from Brooklyn, NY) has been lucky enough to be supported on its 2012 tour of all 50 states by The Brooklyn Brewery. While on the road searching for America’s discarded VHS treasures and presenting them live in cities near you, we’ll be posting our adventures to the Brewery’s blog. We hope you enjoy our quixotic life!

Here’s the trailer we just cut for the all-new Volume 6 tour. Check it out. The A.V. Club has called it “Skull-crushingly funny.” We’re flattered.

Joe and Nick in Hawaii

The U.S. tour kicked off with our first-ever appearance in Hawaii last week. While there, we got a tip that a public library outside of Honolulu was getting rid of all their VHS tapes, so we paid them a visit and found a rare video by one of our favorite video stars, tai chi master Bob Klein. We also inaugurated our two-word interview challenge on a Honolulu morning TV show, where Nick worked in the phrase “agricultural chafer.” Don’t tell the TV station this, but we also stole a tape there labeled “Dentists Convention.” They’ll never miss it, right? The only drawback, no Brooklyn Brewery beer in Hawaii…yet.

Nick and Joe and Garage Sale Guru Andrew

On the way home from Hawaii, we made a stop in Colorado to visit two of our favorite video collectors: Andrew Novick in Denver and Joel Haertling in Boulder. You may know Andrew from the “Andrew’s Grab Bag” segment from FFF Volume 4. He’s the saint who gave us the infamous Venus II video, so a visit to his place is always a treat. We also paid a visit to America’s No. 1 garage saler, Joel Haertling, who gave us a dozen NASA training videos, a home movie labeled “Jessica,” and two glasses of refreshing ginger ale. What a guy! He’s opening a museum of all his garage sale finds, but his apartment already looked like a museum to us.

View from our crappy motel room in Fairbanks, Alaska

Right now, we are in Alaska. We’ve got a show in Fairbanks tonight and then on to Anchorage on June 1-2. After checking into our motel room at the Arctic Inn by the Flight Deck Lounge and opening the curtains, we decided to start a new photo series while on tour called “The View From Our Shitty Motel Room.”

FFF Live DVD Taping in Chicago

We’re gearing up for the live DVD taping of the all-new Found Footage Festival: Volume 6 at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago on one extraordinary night, Saturday, June 16th. There will be plenty of surprises and maybe even a very special guest just for this show, too.
And best of all, FFF and Brooklyn Brewery will host a pre-show and after-show party at nearby Cullen’s Bar & Grill (3741 N Southport Ave.). From 6-8pm, before the show, enjoy Brooklyn Lager at a special price and complimentary snacks. After the show, Brooklyn Summer Ale, Gold Standard, and EIPA will be featured on draft. Come join us before and after!

We look forward to seeing you on the road in 2012. Come join us when we are in your city. Check out our complete tour schedule on the FFF Tour Page. More dates added weekly.

Your pals,
Nick & Joe