Tonight at VSW: Here Come The Videofreex (4/22/2017)

This documentary checks a lot of boxes for me. I love 1970’s era media, especially amateur video. Especially relevant for today now that everyone carries a video camera in their pocket.

Saturday April 22, 2017 8PM – Visual Studies Workshop – 31 Prince – Suggested donation $5

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Formed in 1969, Videofreex was a pioneer collective of early video producers that formed shortly after consumer video was introduced to the market. Politically motivated, the Videofreex were part of a thriving alternative video network that covered counter culture and many political and social movements of the era. Over nine years together, they produced several thousand videotapes, installations and multimedia events, and trained hundreds of people to communicate fluently in the “new” medium of video, including several workshops held at Visual Studies Workshop. Using footage from these early videotapes, this documentary creates a fascinating portrait of a unique group of activists engaged in media literacy in an era of intense social and cultural change. Founding member Bart Friedman in attendance!

R.I.P. David Bowie

We’re saddened by the death of David Bowie. With the upmost respect we plan to continue production of our documentary, Bowie Goes To Jail, about his arrest in Rochester on March 20, 1976. Please visit our website and subscribe to our email list at

Bowie Goes To Jail

Driving Around Rochester With Rick

I’m honored to present the following short film that we edited. – Matt

Driving Around Rochester With Rick was created to support the Rick McKee Hock annual artist residency at Visual Studies Workshop. The 5–minute tour of the city was edited from material produced by Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studio during a trip to Rochester, NY in 2013.

Closed Caption available by clicking the “CC” button. To support the residency visit the Visual Studies Workshop Crowdrise fundraiser page.

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Inventions of Photography - Chapter One - Before Photography

Welcome to the twelve days of photography! I’m thrilled to share a series I co-directed and produced with Jessica Johnston, Inventions of Photography.

Below is a very nice comment made about the series:

A note from the filmmakers:

It’s important to understand that photography was not invented in one moment or by one person. For thousands of years people have been able to create an image, using the pinhole or silhouette, but were not able to ‘fix’ or keep that image. This chapter explores the inventive spirit of the pre-photographic age and the key technologies and experiments that lead to its invention.

The best way to understand something is to actually see it. Our goal throughout the series was to let the viewer witness photographic processes by a series of recreations. Of course, some improvisation was required like repurposing a vintage white lady’s leather glove to recreate Wedgwood’s experiment.