Start-up since 1969, earliest video adopters, and incubator in the utopian 1970s; indy video pioneers, art video innovators, and pirate TV broadcasters.

Video from the MAYDAY Vietnam War protest – on demand!

David Cort and police officer

David Cort of the Videofreex takes video footage

For personal viewing and academic purchase.

Authentic “The Vietnam War” counter-program from the counter culture! Or maybe it’s Episode 11.
(66 minutes, 1971/2017)

line of police officers in riot gear, woman kissing one

A protester kisses a police officer

Feel the fervor of 1970s activism! Action-packed, emotionally charged. 30 young indy filmmakers cover the country’s largest civil disobedience peace protests from inside. Rated R: Radical politics, Violence, Language. A Videofreex and Mayday Video presentation. View trailer and full video.

– Videofreex Pirate TV streaming channel is on the air!

   (well, actually it’s on the web!)

– “Here Come the Videofreex” for schools / streaming

Feature documentary, produced and directed by Jenny Raskin and Jon Nealon, about the activist and artistic escapades of these video pirates in the utopian 1970s. Recently screened theatrically in more than 50 cities, the movie is now available for academic acquisition. Coming soon: streaming on-line!

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.

The Videofreex Archive, established in 2007, isn’t the only way to observe the group’s early videotape coverage of this unique era of social and cultural change. Two recent books, the documentary Here Come the Videofreex, and a museum exhibit continue to tell the tale.

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


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



  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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