• Earliest video adopters, video artists, camera journalists • Pirate TV broadcasters
Feel the fervor of 1970s activism at this impactful anti-Vietnam War protest. By Videofreex & 15 other early indy videomakers known as 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 videos
For DVDs, public screenings, art/educational acquisitions: info[at]Videofreex.com
“Videofreex: Live @ Rhizome DC!” 6 monthly screenings in Washington DC. With Videofreex & their Mayday Video compatriots in person. Special guests & special events: DC premiere of “Here Come the Videofreex,” 2 production workshops, a live video mix of rare Rock-n-Roll videos with a special 4/20 program. Culminating in a crowd-sourced 21st-Century Videofreex Variety Show of art, entertainment & progressive politics. Full program (PDF)
Meet the Videofreex
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
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
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.
What we take for granted, they pioneered.