Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television with Andrew Ingall, Parry Teasdale, Carol Vontobel, Bart Friedman and DeeDee Halleck

Date(s) - Wednesday 04/22/2015 - 04/23/2015
11:00 pm - 1:00 am

The Videofreex are coming (! Learn from and join the dialogue with Andrew Ingall, Parry Teasdale, Carol Vontobel, Bart Friedman and DeeDee Halleck.

Co-sponsored with iEAR Presents!

Curator Andrew Ingall presents videos from one of the pioneer production groups that formed when consumer video was first introduced in the late 1960s, they produced several thousand videotapes, installations and multimedia events and trained hundreds of video-makers in the brand new medium during their nine-plus years together. Excerpts may include:

Lanesville TV – A Retrospective – 1972 – 27 min.

The Sheik Who Shook Lanesville (18 min.)

Lanesville Overview (1972) 32 min.

Probably the World’s Smallest Television Station (1975)

Feminist classic “Harriet” 17:00 (and more formally experimental Oriental Magic Show), 1975, 3:00

Over their nine-plus years together, the Videofreex produced several thousand videotapes, installations and multimedia events and trained hundreds of video-makers in the brand new video medium.  The first members of the group met at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 (taping in a muddy temporary counter culture community).  In 1971 they all relocated to Maple Tree Farm in the Catskill Mountains, which became one of the earliest media centers.  In early 1972 they launched the first pirate TV station, Lanesville TV, using a transmitter given to them by Yippee Abbie Hoffman. 

Without regard for the status quo of broadcast TV or for independent filmmaking, they strove to find out what was unique to the new medium and passionately broke new creative ground.

Image copyright of the artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank,


ANDREW INGALL is an independent curator who most recently served as director of the Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Documentary Film at the Foundation for Jewish Culture. He previously worked as Assistant Curator at The Jewish Museum, New York, where he organized exhibitions of video, new media, and film. Additional projects at The Jewish Museum included the development of a digital library for the Museum’s broadcast archive as well as directing Off the Wall: Artists at Work, a residency and open studio program. He has served on selection committees for Documentary Fortnight, The Museum of Modern Art’s annual international showcase of recent nonfiction film and video, and the New York Jewish Film Festival, a collaboration between The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum. He is a co-founder, former board member, and staff member of Independent Media Arts Preservation. He has participated as a working group member of New York University’s Center for Religion and Media and as an Electronic Media and Film panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts.

Read curator Andrew Ingall’s blog on the Videofreex website.

PARRY TEASDALE is the author of Videofreex: America’s First Pirate TV Station & The Catskills Collective That Turned It On (Hensonville, NY: Black Dome Press, 1999).

Once upon a time there was an editor at the Woodstock Times known as Parry the Kind-hearted. Everyone familiar with Parry Teasdale remarks on his integrity, his gentleness, his soft-spoken good humor and the rarity of his character.

He’s currently making an independent effort to give Columbia County, New York, its own weekly newspaper in the traditional print-on-paper format, as the published and editor of the Columbia Paper. 

CAROL VONTOBEL worked as an educator and as a caseworker for the developmentally disabled after the dissolution of Laneville TV. She is currently employed as a licensed social worker having earned a master’s degree from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her video A Portapak Conversation (1973), produced collaboratively with David Cort and Parry Teasdale, was screened as part of the Women’s Video Festival in Buffalo, New York City, and San Francisco.

BART FRIEDMAN’s career began in New York City when he pioneered the use of portable video in the 1970s with the venerable Videofreex collective.  He also participated with the Ant Farm and TVTV groups in early videos for PBS.

His work as an independent artist and video producer has also been seen in museums and galleries such as the Everson Museum in Syracuse, the Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum in NYC as well as in local film and video festivals.

He has received awards and grants for exhibitions and projects from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the arts.

From 1971 to 2010, Bart was a founding member and director of Media Bus, Inc., a not-for–profit media arts center in Woodstock, NY.  He is currently a partner in Reelizations Media, a  Saugerties, NY based company that produces and distributes learning videos in the fields of behavioral health and addiction recovery. 

He remains a video producer in regional arts and community affairs and serves as a  board member of the Saugerties public access channel and a board member of Willow Mixed Media in Willow, NY.

DeeDee HALLECK is a media artist, activist, and theorist, founder of Paper Tiger Television and co-founder of the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network.  She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego. Her first film, Children Make Movies (1961), was about a film-making project at the Lillian Wald Settlement in Lower Manhattan.   Her film, Mural on Our Street was nominated for Academy Award in 1965.  She has led media workshops with elementary school children, reform school youth, senior citizens and migrant farmers.  In 1976 she was co-director of the Child-Made Film Symposium, which was a fifteen year assessment of media by youth throughout the world.  Halleck has served as a trustee of the American Film Institute, Women Make Movies and the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation.  She has authored numerous articles in Film Library Quarterly, Film Culture, High Performance, The Independent, Leonardo, Afterimage and other media journals.  Her book, Hand Held Visions: the Impossible Possibilities of Community Media is published by Fordham University Press.  She co-edited Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest (M.E. Sharpe) and has written essays for a number of collections on independent media. 

DeeDee was a groupie of the Videofreex!