Raw tape from "This is a Test," an experimental program highlighting independent video.
0:00 Mitchell Kriegman and other man talking outside. Camera zooms in and out. They talk about what they are going to say on the tape. Man walks away when he finds out the tape is running. They argue about what they’re going to do that day. Kriegman talks about New York City as the essence of the country. They interrupt him and tell him not to yell. They keep arguing about whether or not “this” is a test. Kriegman keeps doing different versions of his bit about NYC and people.
6:24 Kriegman is now in front of a junk store. Does bit about music and how music/radios are everywhere in NYC. Keeps doing his bit. Store owners advertise the quality of their store. K. wants to do bit with Benny, store owner. Benny goes a little overboard talking about how they sell wholesale to everybody.
9:32 Slient footage of people walking on busy sidewalks.
10:34 Kriegman is now on the street, making faces. Similar footage, but not silent.
11:35 Exterior of NBC building. Kriegman does his bit about how newscasters are just people.
15:58 K. on street and talking randomly about New York and California and how he doesn’t hate California. A pay phone is ringing and he answers it. The phone is for him. It’s a set up, as he talks about the tapes that are going to go on next. He does another take.
21:22 End of tape.