Raleigh venue set to celebrate retro media

October 11, 2018 by  

In the 1970s, home entertainment was largely found on VHS tapes, which are now almost extinct. However, the Alamo Drafthouse feels some nostalgia for the format, and is organizing the VHStival to celebrate the tapes.

DVDs and Blu-ray discs, the Alamo Drafthouse admits, are superior in quality to the tapes, but they miss the old days, so they are teaming up with Lunchmeat VHS and the American Genre Film Archive for a two-day festival to honor the old format. Organizers of events like this can use flyer printing to help spread the word about the fun.

There are a number of screenings planned, mostly of items that are familiar only to VHS fans. These include a view of a documentary entitled ‘Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector’; an experimental film entitled ‘Stand by for Tape Back-Up’, a film cobbled together out of bits of old commercials, television shows, and films. The film was directed by Ross Sutherland, who will take part in a question-and-answer session.

Festival attendees will also have a chance to play the game ‘Visions of VHS’, where they will watch snippets of some of the wildest, strangest, and most popular VHS tapes ever, then win prizes if they can answer questions about the clips.

VHStival is set for October 20 and 21 at the Alamo Drafthouse and Video Vortex Raleigh.

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