Experimental program featuring the work of independent videomakers.
0:00 Clips from “Punchline.”
0:49 This is a Test part one. Mitchell Kriegman in front of NBC building. He does his bit about how TV people are really just people.
3:32 Space station logo for This is a Test. V/o and text explain the program.
4:08 “Hobo” by Tom Finerty. Excerpt from the Emmy Award winning documentary that examines the quickly vanishing vagabond culture in the United States. The song “Big Rock Candy Mountain” plays from radio HOBO over closeups of various hobos and passing landscapes.
5:54 “Viet Vet” by Ed Wierzbowski, Pam Roberts, and Tobe Carey. Subversive and strange personal recollections of the Vietnam War.
11:30 ” More…From Woodstock. ” Women play harp, guitar, and flute to create hippy folk music. Vocals come in later.
16:23 “World Trade” by Davidson Gigliotti. Performed by Tim Maul. Color video. Maul talks about people who have climbed the World Trade Center.
17:40 Old men sitting on park bench. Interviews with old people on beach about food. Footage of people vacationing on the ocean. The old people then give advice about how to live your life.
21:55 Kriegman does his bit in front of store about music being all over the city and all over the world.
22:24 “Danger Man.” Footage of David Bromberg and his band playing. Somewhere in New Jersey. Interviews backstage with the band about touring life.
29:56 Philadelphia. Sept. 26 1981. Coverage of Rolling Stones fans waiting for concert. The Stones perform “Under My Thumb”. Cab drivers share their stories of celebrity fares. Every famous person in the world gives better tips to cab drivers than Mick Jagger.
36:02 New York City Oct 20, 1975. Cab driver talks the tricks he had to pull to be able to pick up Frank Sinatra.
39:21 Ralph Pearl, Las Vegas. Talks about Frank Sinatra winning and losing big at casinos. Sinatra got paid his million dollars immediately after winning, but Sinatra wouldn’t pay when he lost $700,000.
40:49 Bright flashing lights outside casinos with “Le Freak” by Chic playing.
42:17 End of Reel One, Color Bars for Part Two.
43:07 This is a Test Intro.
43:20 Mitchell Kriegman does humorous monologue about New York and commerce, until a payphone rings and he is told to introduce the next tape.
44:51 Phone call from Jody Sibert plays on Nancy Cain’s answering machine. She talks about getting used to Hollywood and sends love from her and Elon Soltes. From The Surf Report.
45:49 Interview with Bo Derek. Derek talks about producing movies with her husband, John Derek, and shows us w hat it’s like when she fires someone.
51:08 Laurie Anderson performs “O Superman.”
58:11 Tape cuts out.