by Josh Gross
It started out with an explosive live roadside birth and severed arms. And while it might have seemed impossible to anyone who saw the spray of fluids, the purple head of a newborn or the B-horror severed limbs—all in a fabulous grainy film sheen—the Found Footage Festival only got stranger from there.
"This show has so many weirdos," said co-founder Nick Prueher.
And he wasn't kidding. Over the next two hours, the packed audience at Red Room Nov. 30 was treated to everything from lessons on how to exercise with Jesus to an Entertainment Tonight-style show produced for doctors who want to keep up on the latest developments in open wound treatment.
"I have never heard a crowd get so excited about the diabetic foot ulcer," Prueher threw in after the "wound wheel" projected on the screen landed there.
Those in attendance also learned a lot more about parrot diarrhea and how to properly massage a possum than they had ever thought possible.
Prueher and his co-host Joe Pickett have been traveling around the country for years, showcasing the best of the worst videos they discover in thrift stores along the way. But they take things a step further than just curating and introducing the videos.
They showed clips from a short-lived cable access show called Dancing With Frank Pacholski, which featured Mr. Pacholski wearing only an American-flag Speedo and dancing for an intimate audience of senior citizens while smearing guacamole into his armpits and shoving a plucked chicken into his skivvies. Then they showed footage of their trip to Los Angeles to interview Pacholski after hiring a private investigator to track him down. It was a trip that the duo said yielded far more questions than answers.
The packed house at Red Room didn't have time to ponder such questions, however. They were already being bombarded with the next clip: excerpts from a DMX-produced exercise video called Thug Workout.
If there is any justice in the world, Prueher and Pickett will return to Boise so that any sad souls who missed out on the Found Footage Festival will have another shot to laugh until it hurts.