There are few more exhilarating feelings than finding an unlabeled VHS tape and popping it in the machine. What demented home movie or early '80s TV show is locked in this magnetic tomb? The Found Footage Festival is the Indiana Jones of VHS archaeology, seeking out the most obscure and disturbing treasures and then returning them to the world at large. You wanna see an exercise video that features Milton Berle? Hell yes. Can you identify the worst Saturday morning cartoons of all time? Please do. Are you prepared for the bizarre world of video dating circa 1987? Sucka say, "eHarmony, please." Cinema St. Louis presents the Found Footage Festival at 7:30 p.m. at Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street; www.foundfootagefest.com), with co-curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher introducing the clips and analyzing the sociological importance. Trust us: You're going to want their guidance when you see a stocky muscleman in American flag Speedo dancing in a circle of seated and confused senior citizens. You may also want to repent, but that's up to you. Admission to the underbelly of the past is $10.
Sun., May 9, 2010