How many of you are old enough to remember the VHS platform? If we were watching a movie and I asked you to adjust the tracking, would you get the joke? Whether you grew up with VHS or think of it as the way old people watched movies, you may be interested in the Alamo Drafthouse’s new joint venture with Lunchmeat VHS and the American Genre Film Archive, VHStival. The event creator Josh Schafer said the following
“I am absolutely VHStoked to help bring this rewind-inclined bash to life, man! It’s all set to be an unbridled explosion of appreciation and celebration in the name of the most radical, ridiculous, and influential home video format of all time. We want to really immerse the crowd in the incredible spectrum of culture that VHS has to offer. We’re planning on running a mind-melting array of clips in the lobby to help the fest-goers further explore and discover the wide, weird world of VHS. We’re also planning on offering photo ops with some VHS-driven art, and we’re even in talks with some local breweries to create an exclusive, VHS-inspired beer especially for the event. We have a bunch of VHSurprises in store for this fest, dude. It’s going to be a total blast!”
The two-day event will take place at the Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh on October 20, and at the Video Vortex Raleigh on Onctober 21. Below is a list of the festivities taking place.
A fifth anniversary screening of the “Videovore” culture documentary ADJUST YOUR TRACKING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE VHS COLLECTOR.
An all-new edition of FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL, with unusual and outrageous clips scavenged from VHS collected and curated by Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett.
Experimental film STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP, created out of fragments of old films, television shows, and commercials by director Ross Sutherland, who’ll be present for a live Q&A.
1988’s video store/sci-fi cult smash-up REMOTE CONTROL, including a live Q&A with director Jeff Lieberman.
Quintessential 1987 shot-on-video meta shocker VIDEO VIOLENCE.
1993’s found-footage road trip ripper AMERICA’S DEADLIEST HOME VIDEO (starring Danny Bonaduce!).
A recording of the 1987 live broadcast of the legendary WNUF Halloween Special and live Q&A with director Chris LaMartina.
A previously unseen director’s cut of 1989’s surreal sci-fi journey SPLIT.
VISIONS OF VHS, a game show where viewers will experience clips of the weirdest, wildest, and most beloved VHS content, then answer trivia questions about the clips for radical prizes.
For someone like me, this sounds like an event worth checking out, too bad I don’t live in the area. As a child I loved my VCR, it was the device from which I learned to operate all electronic devices. I would record Saturday morning cartoons and then watch them all week long. Of course today we have much better technology to watch films and television on, however, as always, nostalgia plays a huge role at times, and this is one of those times.
When is the last time you watched a film on VHS? Let us know in the comments down below!
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