Found Footage Festival at the Drexel

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

While most people consider VHS to be about as dead a medium as the 8-track tape, Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett's collection is constantly growing.

Childhood friends Prueher and Pickett are the co-founders of The Found Footage Festival, which will screen "Volume Five" - a compilation of their finds - this weekend at the Drexel.

With the popularity of websites like YouTube and blogs like Everything is Terrible, these types of videos have become easy to find, but Prueher said Found Footage live show is special because it only uses content they've found themselves.

"We save the best stuff for the live show," he said. "It becomes this contagious thing where you're watching videos that you're not supposed to be watching in a public setting."

The festival's humble beginnings date back to a McDonald's training video called "Inside and Outside Custodial Duties."

"We would just crack jokes and entertain our friends with it," Prueher said. "Over the years, our collection just kept growing until we figured we had enough that we could entertain people who weren't just our friends."

Among the videos set to entertain this year are instructional videos on self-hypnosis, ventriloquism how-to's, a new set of random exercise videos and a montage of hunting calls.

"In the Midwest, we find a lot of hunting videos and we never really found them that funny," Prueher said. "We've never done anything with them before, but they're all these doughy middle-age guys with these crazy mustaches and camo, and they're so serious as they're making these animal calls."

Another find that will be featured at this year's festival, Prueher said, is a video discovered in Chicago called "Rent-a-Friend."

"The idea behind it was that you put the tape in the VCR and the guy on the video would be your friend," he said. "He asks you questions and talks about himself. Then he starts to reveal far too much about himself. It's one of the strangest things we've ever found."

Opening the show this year is a short film titled "Heavy Metal Parking Lot," filmed outside of a Judas Priest concert in 1986. The Found Footage guys had an old copy of the cult film for years but were excited to get a new copy for this year's show.

"It's just this random video shot in a parking lot," he said. "It's a time capsule of that time and that place."

Found Footage Festival

7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, March 19

Drexel Theatre

2254 E. Main St., Bexley