Now seems like a good time to catch everyone up on what has been happening with Team VHS over the last few months. We spent 8 days in New York City interviewing authors, journalists, distributors, and some of the most beloved filmmakers of the VHS era. This trip was 100% financed by the generosity of people who want to see this documentary happen. It rained every day while we were there but thankfully most of our travel was done underground via the subway system. The voices added by this trip have greatly expanded the scope of our overall narrative and will significantly increase the entertainment value for the audience. It was a great week full of fascinating conversations, amazing people, semi-wet clothing, and vein-bursting VHS power.
Upon our return from New York we partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse for a fundraiser screening of the lost ninja mash-up NINJA ANNIHILATION WAR. The film has never been released theatrically or on video and the audience was unprepared for the brain-melting incomprehensibility on display. Martial arts collided with Eastern mysticism with no regard for narrative clarity, good taste, or common sense. Lives were changed and minds were blown. In an amazing turn of events, advance ticket sales caused the screening to be moved into a larger auditorium. The support of the Austin film community continues to inspire.
The money raised at the screening is enabling us to travel to the West Coast. We’ll be spending 10 days in Los Angeles and 4 days in Seattle in mid-July. This promises to be the most jam-packed portion of our production as we have around 30 interviews lined up for the trip already. We’ll be checking in with prominent directors, the heads of revolutionary video labels, XXX creators, video-era icons, major collectors, and the largest video store in North America if not the world. These interviews are an essential part of our aim to make the most comprehensive film anyone could possibly imagine on the subject of home video. Our hope is that everyone who has contributed to its production funding will feel they’ve invested wisely.
Recent press for the film:
Interview with the Team Behind the Documentary ‘Rewind This!’
Can Horror Help Save VHS?