If you’re a pop culture aficionado (I think that’s all of us under the age of 50 at least) you are aware of the zine called Found Magazine, started by Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner. It’s a collection of, well, found notes and photos and heart-rending love notes, etc., much of it user submitted. Praise for naming the mag exactly what it is instead of going with something more enigmatic, like Ephemera Magazine, or something twee like Flotsam & Jetsam Magazine (which is a relief because that’s totally going to be MY magazine).
[BTW, if you want to know more about Davy Rothbart, there’s this article or you could watch this movie but if you don’t have time for all that tedious clicking and reading I can say that he’s very open about the sexual side of his life but I prefer to think of him as the Found Mag dude because I’m Midwestern like that.]
Others of you may be aware of the Found Footage Film Festival, started by Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher. It’s a fest of, well, found footage – mainly VHS tapes found at thrift stores and garage sales, etc. One of their rules is NO YouTube, meaning they’re not just out there trolling YouTube to find their stuff.
Hurry and go to the website to watch a woman who knows how to fill out a bodysuit dance to “Thriller” on a cable access show and you’ll get what I’m talking about.
And now Found and Found are engaging in hand-to-hand Found Combat on tour together and they are coming to the Twin Cities.
Our date is Monday, November 14, doors at 7-ish at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights. You can go here to get your advance tix (which I did and strongly suggest you do rather than foolishly believing you can laze about and still get some at the door – remember you are up against A LOT of pop culture buffs here). Tickets are $13, (plus some bogus-y $1 service fee but pop culture ain’t always cheap) with one dollar from every ticket sold benefiting IFP-MN, where people learn to do cool stuff with film/video and photography.
Who am I putting my money on? Found Footage. Notes are hilarious but it will be hard to top stuff like this.