Join VRT for drinks and hors d'oeuvres followed by a presentation from Tom Colley, Archive & Collection Manager of Chicago based Video Data Bank of "Tuned In, Turned On! The Videofreex Tape the World," a collection of over 1,400 films. One of the earliest video collectives in the United States, the Videofreex formed in 1969 at the legendary Woodstock Music festival, and went on to tour the country with the newly available Portapak video equipment interviewing counter-cultural figures of the day. In 2001, as part of Video Data Bank's mission to preserve and archive important historical video, they began amassing the Videofreex's vast tape archive on the now-defunct half-inch open reel video format. This dynamic multimedia presentation at Chicago's renowned Gene Siskel Film Center will include rarely seen gems from the Videofreex archive, including candid interviews with Fred Hampton and Abbie Hoffman. Mr. Colley will also provide details on Video Data Bank's preservation efforts and the race to rescue our shared public history from rapidly decaying video formats.
This event coincides with the VRT and Cinema Guild co-sponsored "Now Showing @ALA" program screening of the feature length documentary "Here Come the Videofreex!" on Sunday, June 25th at 11:00 am in room 181c in the West Building of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.
Meeting Type: Ticketed Event
Interests: Archives, Collection Development, Community Engagement, Digital Libraries, Digitization, Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Institutional Repositories, Preservation, Special Collections
Type of Library: Academic, Community College, Library School, Museum, Nonprofit, Public, Research Library, Special
Cost: Ticketed Event. Not included with registration.