• Start-up since 1969 • Earliest camera journalists • Incubator in the utopian 1970s
• Indy video pioneers • Earliest video adopters & video artists • Pirate TV broadcasters

David Cort and police officer

Photo: Howard Epstein, Liberation News Service

(66 min, 1971/2017)

Feel the fervor of 1970s activism at this anti-Vietnam War protest. Videofreex & Mayday Video.


Here Come the Videofreex”  (78 min, 1969-78/2015)

Feature doc produced & directed by Jenny Raskin & Jon Nealon


Videofreex Pirate TV on the air! (actually on demand!)

21st-century edits of classic Freex


Meet the Videofreex

Videofreex group pic w names

Videofreex was one of the pioneer production groups that formed when consumer video was first introduced in the late 1960s. Over their nine-plus years together, they produced thousands of videotapes, installations and multimedia events and trained hundreds of videomakers in the brand new video medium. Many of the videos are now archived at Chicago’s Video Data Bank.

They went on to found the country’s first pirate TV station and capture some of the most up-close and memorable records of the social movements of the 1960s and 70s.


What they say about the Videofreex

THEN:

The Freex are the most production oriented of the video groups… in terms of finished, cleanly edited, high quality tape, which is generally quite entertaining, the Videofreex are clearly the best.

Michael Shamberg, Guerilla Television, 1971, Holt, Rhinehart & Winston

 

and NOW:

Self-described “electronic Johnny Appleseeds,” the Freex were precursors for… video journalism, reality TV, music videos, Saturday Night Live-style sketch comedy, crowd sourcing, and art collectives.

Vox Populi

 

What we take for granted, they pioneered.

– Cliff Bellamy, The Herald-Sun

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6 comments

  1. We’re all Videofreex!

  2. Videofreex are legendary- would have loved to connect with this group back in the day but it just didn’t happen…i think i was too independent! Shamberg’s book is legendary but i never read it. I did, however, videotape Salvador Dali.

    1. Good to hear from you, Aristedes! Very honored by the designation of “legendary.”

  3. bill canell · · Reply

    videoheads in Amsterdam now missing the head of Videoheads Mr. Jack Moore who passed away in Apr. 2014 We hope to save the collection of early Videos that we all had made. For any reply to us use my email to answer back to us.

  4. Very exciting to see

  5. Who has a setup for Up-rezzing, editing and archiving today???

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