Author Archives: Rhea

How did the Videofreex Archive get to VDB.org? herstory by Mary Curtis

By Skip According to phone conversation Mary Curtis and I recently had (with letters to and from MCR on file that verify some of the process): In 1998 or so, Curtis got curious about an edit of her and Cy Griffin’s September 1971 wedding, with footage from 5 or so portapaks covering the ceremony and […]

Why did the Freex move to Maple Tree Farm in Lanesville?

By Skip There’s a funny scene in “Here Come the Videofreex” that documents the search for our upstate Media Center in Lanesville/Lanesville TV pirate TV station/home, Maple Tree Farm. Each of the Freex had personal and group reasons for wanting to move out of NYC that included: it was getting too busy in Prince St […]

Visual Studies Workshop

By Bart Lovely in Rochester on April 22, 2017. Total of 35 rapt attendees. Including old friends Sandy R and R Simmons & Joan Lyons. Beautiful room, great big projection and gracious hosts. Treated me in style. I enjoyed film again and appreciate [Jon & Jenny’s] work and insights.

Berkeley Art Museum’s Pacific Film Archives

By Mary Curtis The April 19 screening at the Berkeley Art Museum’s Pacific Film Archive was terrific! Lots of peeps came that I know and other Berkeley early video freaks who appreciated the film. The audience asked really good questions and I had a great time answering them. It was my favorite Q & A. […]

Opening Night at Treize

Visitors packed the opening night (vernissage) of Videofreex: Processing Activist Images on Tuesday, January 10 at Treize in Paris. The exhibition runs through February 24, 2017. Watch Freex in Paris 10 janvier 2017 4-min slideshow w video by Skip Blumberg (https://vimeo.com/198990529).

Videofreex documentary wins Pioneer Award

  On Sunday, October 30, “Here Come the Videofreex” received a special honor. The recognition came with the film’s screening during the Berkeley Video and Film Festival at the East Bay Media Center Performance Space. Before the documentary, Mel Vapour, co-owner of the Media Center, presented the Pioneer Award to Videofreex member Mary Curtis Ratcliff. Mary […]

Dispatch from NYC

An April 30 screening of “Here Come the Videofreex” brought together a number of video pioneers at the historic AJ Muste building in NoHo. They gathered for what Skip called a “historic final public event” before the AJ Muste Memorial Institute moved. Here, Paper Tiger TV founder DeeDee Halleck stands in the foreground. Photo by Skip Blumberg