• MAYDAY 1971 RAW (66 min, 1971/2017, Produced by Mayday Video)
    Feel the fervor of 1970s activism at this impactful anti-Vietnam War protest.  By Videofreex & 15 other early indy videomakers.

For DVDs, public screenings, art/educational acquisitions: info[at]Videofreex.com

Videofreex at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019

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Exhibition at the Met Breuer will feature Fred Hampton Interview, raw videotape recorded by Videofreex Parry, David, Curtis, and Nancy in October 1969. This is the first major exhibition to trace a 50-year development of art about conspiracy. Twenty Videofreex members, family & friends at the opening! Met Museum link



Meet the Videofreex

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

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Videofreex was one of the pioneer production groups that formed when consumer video was first introduced in the late 1960s. The early start-up and incubator of early users in the new medium included David Cort, Parry Teasdale, Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Nancy Cain, Chuck Kennedy, Davidson Gigliotti, Skip Blumberg, Carol Vontobel, Bart Friedman, Ann Woodward, and others. Over their nine years together, they produced thousands of videotapes, which capture the utopian 1970s alternate culture and protest movements, plus installations and multimedia events; trained hundreds of videomakers; operated one of the earliest media centers and a pirate TV station, Lanesville TV, at Maple Tree Farm in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. For more information please visit Videofreex.com and VideofreexPirateTV.vhx.tv

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. 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.”

  2. 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.

  3. Very exciting to see

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

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