Film and TV

A Squeamish Showdown with Three Titans of Found Footage is Coming to Dallas and Denton

Found footage films are an interesting art form. We don't mean those shaky movies where the director forgot to pack a tripod. We mean movies that were actually found in garage sales, Blockbuster liquidation sales or some dusty thrift store that still has a VHS section.

Thanks to the efforts of The Found Footage Festival, Found Magazine and AV Geeks, we've seen collections of found films, photos, notes, laundry lists and other scavenger scores that offer a sneak peek into the minds of ordinary people. Sometimes those folks are attempting to find love, raise a family or self-publish the world's weirdest exercise tape.

All three of these found-media titans will stage a great showdown with their most enthralling and embarrassing entries at 8 p.m. Friday, January 10, at Denton's Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios and Saturday, January 11, at the Texas Theatre for a "Found vs. Found vs. AV Geeks" film festival. Found Footage Festival founders Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, Found Magazine and This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart and AV Geeks' Skip Elsheimer will present their most interesting finds at both shows and let the audience decide who is the best, um, "founder."

You'll want to be part of that. Tickets for the Denton show cost $13 to $15. Get 'em here. Tickets for the Texas Theatre festival haven't gone on sale just yet. Follow it here.

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Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.