Videofreex

VDB Videofreex

Videofreex, one of the first video collectives, was founded in 1969 by David Cort, Mary Curtis Ratcliff and Parry Teasdale, after David and Parry met each other, video cameras in hand, at the Woodstock Music Festival. Working out of a loft in lower Manhattan, the group's first major project was producing a live and tape TV presentation for the CBS network, The Now Show, for which they traveled the country, interviewing countercultural figures such as Abbie Hoffman and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

The group soon grew to ten full-time members--including Chuck Kennedy, Nancy Cain, Skip Blumberg, Davidson Gigliotti, Carol Vontobel, Bart Friedman and Ann Woodward--and produced tapes, installations and multimedia events. The Videofreex trained hundreds of makers in this brand new medium though the group's Media Bus project.

In 1971 the Freex moved to a 17-room, former boarding house called Maple Tree Farm in Lanesville, NY, operating one of the earliest media centers. Their innovative programming ranged from artists' tapes and performances to behind-the-scenes coverage of national politics and alternate culture. They also covered their Catskill Mountain hamlet, and in early 1972 they launched the first pirate TV station, Lanesville TV. An exuberant experiment with two-way, interactive broadcasting, it used live phone-ins and stretched cameras to the highway, transmitting whatever the active minds of the Freex coupled with their early video gear could share with their rural viewers.

During the decade that the Freex were together, this pioneer video group amassed an archive of 1,500+ raw tapes and edits.

In 2001, the Video Data Bank began assembling this unique archive of original 1/2-inch open-reel videos, collecting them from basements and attics where the tapes were stored. A restoration plan was hammered out in 2007 and a distribution contract was signed between VDB and the newly formalized Videofreex Partnership (administered by Skip Blumberg).

The Videofreex Archive, now housed at VDB, chronicles the countercultural movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The  titles listed here are the first wave of an ongoing project to preserve and digitize important examples of this early video.

More About the Videofreex Archive Preservation

Also see:

Parry Teasdale: An Interview

Videofreex Official Website

Available Titles by

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
After the Bar with Tony and Michael 1971 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Aldo Tambellini: Vision & Television 1970 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art order video    add to wish list
Ann's Bread 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Aunt Betty's Birthday Party 1972 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Building Dome in Riverbi Earth People's Park 1971 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Buzzy Linhart 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
CBS--Lily and Cleaver Tapes 1971 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Chicago Travelogue: Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and the Yippies 1969 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Chicago Travelogue: The Weathermen 1969 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Chicken Dinner 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Christmas Carols in the Shower 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Circo dell'Arte (Circus Arts) 1969 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Construction Workers' Rally 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
David Peel, Columbia and Wall Street 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Davidson's Jail Tape 1971 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Dr. Hip Pocrates 1969 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Everson Museum: Video and the Museum Conference 1974 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
First Snow, Thanksgiving 1971 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Franklin Commune, Vermont, August 1970 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Fred Hampton: Black Panthers in Chicago 1969 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Fred Hampton: Chant and Demonstration 1970 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Freex German TV 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Greetings from Lanesville 1976 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Harriet 1973 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Hells Angels with Sandy Alexander 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Hells Angels' Run 1970 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Incredible String Band 1969 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Jerusalem Tapes: Israeli Black Panther on the Street 1971 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Jerusalem Tapes: Second Brain, Arab Feedback 1971 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Jesse Ritter Lecture 1969 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Knitting and Feedback 1970 New Releases, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lanesville TV News Buggy 1972 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lanesville TV Overview I 1972 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lanesville TV Overview II 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lanesville TV Overview III 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lanesville TV: April 6th, 1974 1974 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lanesville TV: Catskill Game Farm Horse Show 1972 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lanesville TV: Frank “the Fist” Farkle vs. Rocky Van Fight 1974 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lanesville TV: May 18th 1974 1974 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Laser Games with Shirley Clarke 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Last Party at West End Avenue before Leaving for the Country 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Late Night Kitchen Discussion 1971 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Laughing Song and Crying Song 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lucy Montgomery 1969 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Me's and Youse 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Me's and Youse Variant 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Miami Drive, Draft Counsel, Superman in the Grove 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Money 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Mrs. Bobby Seale 1969 New Releases, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Nancy's Drug Problem 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Nancy's Party 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
New Haven Panther: Message to Goddard Alternative Media Conference 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
New Haven: Abbie Hoffman and the National Guard 1970 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Portapak Conversation 1973 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Process Video Revolution 1971 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Ricky's Magic 1971 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Rome N.Y. 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Rose Art Museum: Vision & Television 1970 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Selections from the Five Day Bicycle Race (Image Union) 1976 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The Sheik Who Shook Lanesville 1975 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Shirley Clarke and the Camera 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Soup in Cup 1972 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The Swing 1972 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Sybil 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Tosun Bayrak's Love America or Live 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Tosun's Dinner and Wake 1971 Videofreex Archive order video    add to wish list
Trashing and Gassing in Miami: The 1972 Republican Convention 1972 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Tuned In, Turned On! Videofreex Tape the World 2011 Single Artist Compilations, Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art order video    add to wish list
Video Games 1973 Videofreex Archive order video    add to wish list
What's That For? 1970 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The Whitelake Woodstock Aquarian Exposition 1969 Videofreex Archive order video    add to wish list
Women's Lib Demonstration NYC 1970 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Women's Lib Discussion: Burning Theatre and Alternate U 1970 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Women's Lib Rally 1970 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Women’s Conference, Rochester 1971 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Woodstock Festival 1969: First Aid 1969 Videofreex Archive, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Yoko Ono Show at The Everson Museum 1971 Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art order video    add to wish list