When VHS collectors Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last month, they showed clips of a man throwing screwdrivers at a target, a woman in a very high-cut leotard doing breathing exercises, and an old instructional video for janitors at McDonald's. Amusing! Pickett and Prueher bring their Found Footage Fest to RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207) from 7 to 9 tonight. Tickets cost $10 for the all-ages show.
Nick Prueher answered a few questions by e-mail about the oddball visual cornucopia.
The Pitch: What's new about this year's show?
Prueher: This is our most unsettling show to date. I think we just found a lot of videos this past year with a lot of weirdos in them. There's a woman who's psychotically excited about craft sponging, a grown man in a patriotic Speedo dancing in front of elderly people, a woman massaging her pet opossum. And that's not a euphemism — this woman is massaging an actual opossum! We're also excited to be featuring found 16 mm films for the first time. Our friend Skip in North Carolina has what is perhaps the largest collection of educational films in the world — over 24,000 — and he picked out three of his favorites to open up our show.
What's the absolute craziest thing coming our way?
We came across a tape that we never could have dreamed existed. We met a guy after a show in Vancouver last year who told us that a local government office was getting rid of its entire VHS collection, so we went down there and rescued anything that looked interesting. The one that caught our eye was called "Hand Made Love," a very mysterious title. We didn't know what was on it. It turned out to be an instructional video for developmentally disabled men about how to masturbate. It is extraordinary.