0:10 Clips from segments; intro to show.
1:15 30 Second Spots by Joan Logue.
1:20 Spalding Gray talks about his mother and brother.
1:50 Anna Halprin video art segment. Female body makes shapes on screen, reveals aquarium in background.
2:20 Jochen Gerz. A male hand moves slowly towards a female face before slapping her
2:50 Arnie Zane and Bill T. Jones. Two men dance.
3:21 Sydney Pollack introduces show. He talks about the Portapak and early video developments. He introduces “Four More Years.”
5:17 Title: “Four More Years”
5:20 Man introduces news broadcast, “brought to you by Gulf Oil Corporation.”
5:43 Skip Blumberg interviews NBC’s Cassie Macken. She says the coverage could be much better and that there’s too much busy work for correspondents.
6:33 Blumberg interviews another NBC newsman about what he thinks the right angle for the show is. He says that if he could loosen up the for mat, he would like to cover the delegates on the floor.
7:37 Another NBC newsman says that the convention is the Republican TV show vs. the media TV show.
8:00 A CBS newsman talks about how interesting the coverage is, though he hasn’t covered anything. He talks about making friends with the delegates, and says that the networks have the obligation to cover the Republican National Convention. He says he wouldn’t want any advocacy reporting.
10:51 Herb Kappel from ABC talks to Blumberg about the predictability of the convention.
11:30 A CBS reporter gives Blumberg the slip.
12:25 Blumberg plays the “Republican Convention Drag” on harmonica while a man asks for his press credentials.
13:08 The Pascones of Third Avenue (1979) Pascone’s Barber Shop.
13:29 Mrs. Pascone says she’s never taken a vacation, and that her husband used to have customers, but they all moved away. He says his name is wearing off the window. Mrs. Pascone wants to leave, but Mr. Pascone won’t.
14:32 Pascone talks about his business being slow. The guy getting the haircut tells him to take it easy.
14:52 Mrs. Pascone complains about the lack of money in the register. She shows that his dentures are in the register.
15:35 Mrs. Pascone cooks and tends to the house while complaining about cooking.
16:35 Mr. Pascone says, “The love keeps growin and growin’ all the time.” Mrs. Pascone says if she wasn’t so old she’d have another dozen kids with him.
17:10 Mrs. Pascone shops for meat at the grocery store. The two argue at the grocery store. Mrs. Pascone says, “I should have married a millionaire, not a barber.” She says she only wants to eat fillet mignon.
19:40 Mrs. Pascone complains to the family at the barber shop. The entire family gathers while Mr. Pascone does his Brando impression.
20:20 Mr. Pascone says he never wanted his sons to be like him.
20:34 Mrs. Pascone talks about social security not adding up to pay the bills.
21:10 Mr. And Mrs. Pascone pay a bill so that their utilities don’t get shut off.
21:40 Mrs. Pascone goes out to play bingo. Mrs. Pascone and her daughter show their lucky charms: an elephant and a big safety pin. Mrs. Pascone says in 17 years she’s never won.
23:15 Mr. And Mrs. Pascone talk to a man who wants to buy their house, and Mr. Pascone says he will call his lawyer. Their children encourage them to make up their minds.
24:15 Mrs. Pascone says she will ask her grandchildren. Her grandchildren tell her to stay, and she begins to cry.
24:54 Pollack introduces community TV shows. He introduces “Greetings From Lanesville” and a Paper Tiger TV program.
26:07 “Probably The World’s Smallest TV Station” by Videofreex. Hosts introduce Sam Ginsberg a neighbor from Lanesville. Ginsberg says he loves the program. He says that Lanesville “is not a liberal people…they are Nixon’s people.” He talks about supporting McGovern among Nixon people.
28:30 Chuck Kennedy from Lanesville TV introduces the Lanesville control room.
29:07 Rocky Van Vs. Frankie The Fist Farkle. Titles explain this is the story of Farkle and Van trying to raise money for the Hunter-Tannersville Rescue Squad.
30:20 Liquor store owner says he thinks Farkle will definitely win, because Van will show up half drunk.
31:30 Haines Falls: Home of Frankie the Fist Farkle. Haines people put up signs supporting Farkle.
31:50 Frankie’s Mom says that she wishes Frankie wouldn’t fight.
32:35 Frankie Farkle trains by running 5 miles.
33:45 People cheer for Farkle as he shows up to the bar, already drunk.
33:20 Van jogs up to the bar and he and Farkle yell at each other and pose for pictures. They play up their rivalry.
35:05 Van and Winkle in the ring. Farkle takes a hard right to the head, but can’t seem to reach Van’s head.
36:10 Lanesville TV hosts asks for calls, and talk about the upcoming fight the following week. The hosts joke around then sign off.
37:24 Paper Tiger TV 1981-1984 Exerpts
37:30 Herb Schiller Reads the Sunday New York Times. Schiller talks about the hugeness of the paper and says that it reflects the waste of the economy. He says it’s difficult to find the news because most of the paper is advertisements. The New York Times Magazine includes: 8 articles.
41:10 Elaine Rapping Swoons to Romance Novels (1984). Rapping tries to get to the bottom of why so many identical romance books are being pumped out by publishers. She describes the classic romance novel plot. She says the books try to be “very thrilling and sexy about what is basically a very unpleasant situation between men and women.”
44:20 Joan Braderman Reads the National Enquirer. She says the magazine manipulates the sense of disgust and the perverse desires of buyers. “Perhaps there’s someone as crazy as you are…who’s on television!”
45:42 Paper Tiger budget breakdown.
46:49 Pollack talks about Artist-in-Residence programs for experimental video artists. He introduces two pieces of video art, Allen Kaprow’s “Hello”, and Tambalino’s “Black.”
47:32 “Hello” 1969 Video art piece of people monitoring video screens. People saying “hello, I see you” and talking to one another through TV screens. Finally, they say Hello to the moon from Earth, and the video rolls back and slows to a stop, finally revealing the tape deck.
52:02 “Black.” 1969 Pupil and Retina-like video images are superimposed on video of slum neighborhoods and black faces, while the voices of kids are heard in the background.
56:01 Pollack does sign-off praising independent videomakers.
56:18 End credits.