We had a fantastic screening this past weekend in Boston. The city was lovely, and the folks at Independent Film Festival Boston could not have been kinder. This Fest comes highly recommended by Team VHS. We couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
Our next screening is with a Chattanooga, Tennessee based film non-profit called Mise En Scenesters. It is a sort of pop-up movie theater that exists because the town doesn’t have a dedicated art-house or a way for its citizens to see independent, genre or obscure films in a theatrical setting. We’re thrilled to be able to participate in a series with such an admirable goal. The screening takes place at the Barking Legs Theater on Friday, May 17, at 8:30 PM. Tickets are only $5 at the door. You can see the event poster by Carrie Warren below.
We have our next Film Festival bookings lined up. We’ll be showing the doc at The Independent Film Festival Boston later this month. This festival has been defining itself over the past few years as one of the major new showcases for independent films on the east coast. Our screening is taking place at The Brattle Theatre on Saturday, April 27 at 9PM. All members of Team VHS will be in attendance, so come out and say hello.
We’ll also be participating in The Awesome Fest, a rotating screening series that takes place in Philadelphia, PA. They are launching their summer program with a nostalgic weekend(June 14th thru 17th) that includes a performance by new wave stalwarts The Psychedelic Furs , and a screening of PRETTY IN PINK, followed by an 80′s style prom. Our team will be there that weekend to soak up the atmosphere and spread the home video gospel with a screening of our film.
We’ll have news on our international premiere in the next few weeks, so keep checking back. POWER!!!
SXSW has come to a conclusion, and it was an exhilarating ride for us. The audience reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and the press response has been incredible. A few reviews of the film are linked below. We will have news about how other audiences can see the film in the near future. You can get updates here, but also at our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
SXSW gets started this Friday, and there are four different opportunities to see our documentary during the Festival. The screening info is listed below. We hope to see you there!
World Premiere: Monday, March 11 at 1:45 PM. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. Tickets will be available at the door for non-badgeholders and advance tickets can be purchased here.
Tuesday, March 12 at 3:45 PM. Violet Crown Cinema, 434 West 2nd St.
Wednesday, March 13 at 9:00 PM. Violet Crown Cinema, 434 West 2nd St.
Saturday, March 16 at 1:30 PM. Topfer Theatre at ZACH, 1510 Toomey Rd. This is a large venue, there should be some tickets available at the door for non-badgeholders.
SXSW has announced their full schedule, including the details of our world premiere. Our first screening is going to be at The Paramount on Monday, March 11, at 1:45 PM. This is the largest screening space in Austin, boasting 1100 seats.
We anticipate a large crowd of SXSW folks, but because of the size of the venue, there will be plenty of additional tickets available. You can purchase yours online right now at this link. There will also be tickets sold at the box office on the day of the premiere. Tickets are $13 each, and are sold on a first come, first served basis after all badgeholders and advance ticketholders have been admitted.
We want to celebrate this with the Austin film community that helped us get started, so please come join us if you can. We’ve set up a handy Facebook page for everyone to use. Invite your friends, take the day off work or enjoy a long lunch, get in line early, and join the ultimate pizza party!!!
Everybody who has fond memories of the video store remembers one aspect of that experience more than any other: The box art! It was extremely important to us to go with a poster design that felt like it would embody the explosive artwork that adorned the boxes of our favorite VHS treasures. We worked with Quebec filmmaker and illustrator François Simard to create what we hope is the most insane and sensational image ever used to sell a documentary. Entertainment Weekly unveiled the poster last week, but you can see the full artwork below. While you’re at it, head over to our Trailers page to see our new official trailer.
It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce that REWIND THIS! will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. You can read the official press release here.
The film community of Austin, TX has been a huge part of this movie from the moment it began, so it is only right that the first public exhibitions should happen there. The full schedule, including our screening dates and times, will be posted to the official SXSW site on February 14. All 3 members of Team VHS will be attending all 10 days of the Festival, so come say hello. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. See you at the movies!!!
Sorry for the lack of updates lately, we are finishing the film and preparing it for mass consumption. A lot is happening. Our documentary is prominently featured in issue 202 of Total Film Magazine (DJANGO UNCHAINED on the cover), in an article entitled “Video Stars”. Josh spoke to the magazine about the resurgence of video culture and the various reasons why videotape continues to have cultural relevance in the current marketplace. It is on stands now in the US and UK, so go pick it up.
We have several exciting updates to post in the next few weeks, including our theatrical poster and a new trailer. We also hope to make the announcement about our world premiere very soon. Stay tuned to this page. It’s all happening!
Our short film DIALOGUE premiered last month at Fantastic Fest here in Austin, followed by a screening this past weekend at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. We are extremely happy with the response it has received and would like to thank everyone who came out to support us. The next screening for DIALOGUE will be at The Rio Grind Film Festival on November 3 at 1PM. This is the first year for the Festival and it will all be happening at the historic Rio Theater in downtown Vancouver. Videovores may already be aware of the Ithaca International Film Festival after they announced a VHS trailer contest a few months ago, sponsored by Magnet Releasing. They are planning to incorporate video culture into the whole festival and Josh has curated gonzo video content for their afterparties. Each evening of the Fest (November 16,17, and 18) will have a different video mash-up made by one of the interview subjects featured in REWIND THIS!
As for the documentary, we’ve started submitting to Festivals and should have an announcement about our premiere very soon. We also have an artist on board to design our poster and we are 100% keeping in mind what people love about the box art of the video era with our concept. Everything is now in the final stages of completion and it is incredibly exciting to know we’ll be sharing the finished product with audiences in the near future. Updates will be posted to this page as soon as we have them.
Working on this documentary has been immensely rewarding, in ways both expected and unexpected. We’re on track to release a feature film that means everything to us, not to mention the important working relationships and valued friendships that have been formed during this process. The only arguable downside to working on such a massive project over the course of many years is that you don’t have the instant gratification of shooting footage and immediately assembling a finished product. We’ve been able to service that creative restlessness by making the occasional short film or music video on the side.
Which brings us to DIALOGUE, a short film we created, which will be having its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest in a few weeks. It was conceived with the Fantastic Fest audience in mind so we’re extremely pleased that it will be having its first public exhibition as part of the Fantastic Shorts program this year. You can read the full press release here and the full Festival schedule should be up soon. We hope to see you at the screenings.