|This week, the Gene Siskel Film Center will host the Chicago premiere of Here Come the Videofreex. The documentary chronicles the pioneering efforts of the Videofreex, a collective of radical videographers who snatched a front row seat on street-level history in the turbulent Sixties and Seventies, including the Black Panthers, antiwar protests, women’s liberation marches, and the 1972 Republican Convention.
To learn more about the Here Come the Videofreex screenings and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/videofreex
*MAY 19: The screening will be followed directly by a Q&A with Video Data Bank (VDB) Executive Director Abina Manning, VDB Archive and Collection ManagerTom Colley, and Media Burn Independent Video Archive founder Tom Weinberg. Together they will discuss the cultural significance and legacy of the Videofreex.
In 2001, Video Data Bank took on the Videofreex Archive, amassing the tapes from a variety of locations across the country, cataloging them, and beginning the work of assessing their condition.
Tom Weinberg was a founding member of the video collective TVTV and has been intertwined with members of the Freex for more than 40 years
Click below to watch the official trailer for Here Come The Videofreex.