Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:30pm

177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn

Curated by Dara Greenwald

Light Industry presents a survey of work by seminal guerrilla television outfit Videofreex, featuring a number of newly restored tapes. The screening will be introduced by Dara Greenwald, who assisted with the acquisition and preservation of this collection by Video Data Bank.


Videofreex, one of the first video collectives, was founded in 1969 by David Cort, Curtis Ratcliff and Parry Teasdale, after David and Parry met each other, video cameras in hand, at the Woodstock Music Festival. Working out of a loft in lower Manhattan, the group's first major project was producing a live and tape TV presentation for the CBS network, The Now Show, for which they traveled the country, interviewing countercultural figures such as Abbie Hoffman and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

The group soon grew to ten full-time members--including Chuck Kennedy, Nancy Cain, Skip Blumberg, Davidson Gigliotti, Carol Vontobel, Bart Friedman and Ann Woodward--and produced tapes, installations and multimedia events. The Videofreex trained hundreds of makers in this brand new medium though the group's Media Bus project.

In 1971 the Freex moved to a 17-room, former boarding house called Maple Tree Farm in Lanesville, NY, operating one of the earliest media centers. Their innovative programming ranged from artists' tapes and performances to behind-the-scenes coverage of national politics and alternative culture. They also covered their Catskill Mountain hamlet, and in early 1972 they launched the first pirate TV station, Lanesville TV. An exuberant experiment with two-way, interactive broadcasting, it used live phone-ins and stretched cameras to the highway, transmitting whatever the active minds of the Freex coupled with their early video gear could share with their rural viewers.

During the decade that the Freex were together, this pioneer video group amassed an archive of 1,500+ raw tapes and edits.

- Video Data Bank

Titles to be screened include, among others:

Fred Hampton – Black Panthers, Chicago, 1969
Fred Hampton - Chant and Demonstration, 1970
Women’s Lib Demonstration NYC, 1970
Davidson’s Jail Tape, 1971
Interview in the Street II, 1971
Trashing and Gassing in Miami, Republican Convention, 1972
Lanesville Overview I, 1972
Woodstock ’69, Tape #24, 1969
Chicago Travelogue: The Weatherman, 1969
Mayday Realtime, 1971

Followed by a discussion with Greenwald and original members of Videofreex.

Tickets - $7, available at door.