Videos from the Found Footage Festival
Found Footage Festival curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher share five of their favourite videos
The Found Footage Festival – a cult New York night which showcases the funniest and most downright bizarre VHS videos found at car boot sales and thrift stores across America – makes its UK debut at the Soho Theatre on June 29-30. The forgotten clips are some of the most extraordinary and hysterical we've ever seen. So we asked the show's curators, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, to share some of their favourite pieces of found footage to give you a taste of what's in store. The best clips, however, are saved for the live shows. We'll see you there.
'We found this tape of raw footage from a local furniture store commercial in Texas and have been positively smitten with Bargain Bernie ever since. He's like a lovable muppet.'
How to Seduce Women Through Hypnosis
'We'd like to formally apologise for this instructional video we found in California, which offers step-by-step instructions on how to score with a lady by tricking her into thinking she's having sex with a statue.' Time Out insists that you do not attempt this.
Country Ham, City Ham
'Sometimes the brilliance of a video doesn't hit us until after we've watched the whole thing without fast forwarding. This video, entitled "Mastering the Art of Carving", didn't strike us as funny at all until we realised how many times the host, Merle Ellis, said the word "ham".'
'This 1987 video, put out by a company called "Video Mates", offered men 90 seconds to pitch themselves to potential mates, who would then watch the compilation and pick their favourites. David Cross, a fellow video collector, gave us this two-hour tape and we cut together our favorite dudes.'
Dancing with Frank Pacholski
'We defy you to look away from this public access TV show from Los Angeles, which aired two brilliant episodes and was never seen again. We recently hired a private investigator and tracked this guy down, so we'll have answers for you in London.'
Found Footage Festival trailer
'And here's an extra taste of what to expect from the Found Footage Festival: our trailer!'