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TVTV: Video Revolutionaries
A film by Paul Goldsmith

82 minutes, color, 2018

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Featuring Bill Murray, Hunter Thompson, Steven Spielberg, Lynn Swan, Goldie Hawn, Abbie Hoffman, Lily Tomlin and more, "TVTV: Video Revolutionaries" is a new documentary about Top Value Television (TVTV), a band of merry video makers who, from 1972 to 1977, took the then brand-new portable video camera and went out to document the world.

In those days, there were only three TV networks, using giant studio cameras, and no one had ever seen a portable camera stuck in their face. Because the technology was so new, there were no rules about how to use it or what to make. So the new video journalists used it to make format-bending satirical shows about whatever interested them -- from the 1972 Republican Convention to an expose of a 15-year-old guru called "Lord of the Universe" to capturing the Steelers and Cowboys partying hard the night before the Super Bowl.

Directed by TVTV alum Paul Goldsmith, the film is like opening a treasure chest into the 1970s, filled with cultural and political events hosted by now-famous characters who were then just beginning their climb to iconic.

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"It's brilliant. Truly. It's VICE before VICE, reality TV before reality TV, sketch comedy before sketch comedy, 30 FOR 30 before 30 FOR 30." - Luke Kelly-Clyne, SHOWRUNNER

"The anecdotes are fun, but the real value here is the copious footage of TVTV productions, as immediate and provocative as ever." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Wonderful, lively... wisely less weighty than it is a fun, informative look back on a time of a halcyon future. As director Paul Goldsmith, a veteran of that loose collective , guides us in this fascinating documentary, we get a ground's-eye view of images as historically startling and significant as those of the earliest photographs and films." - FILM JOURNAL

"A kind of mix of Vice, SCTV, the Yes Men, Sacha Baron Cohen, and SNL's 'Weekend Update' - Bill Murray, John Belushi, Harold Ramis, and Christopher Guest all did stints with them - TVTV turned their cameras on the media itself, as well as on themselves, decades ahead of reality television and social media." - THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK


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