The full schedule for the inaugural Philly Video Music Festival has been released and it will satisfy all of your music video needs, be they kitsch, classic, long-form or local. The event is co-curated by PhilaMOCA‘s Eric Bresler and music video historian Stephen Pitalo of The Golden Age of Music Video, with special guests (including The Key’s John Vettese and WXPN’s Robert Drake) hosting a few of the programs.
As we previously announced, opening night of PVMF (Thursday, February 26th) will be a showcase of locally produced music videos. Bands, directors and producers of all abilities, styles and genres were encouraged to send in their music videos for screening consideration, while a jury of local music experts – Robert Drake, John Vettese, Emily Guendelsberger of City Paper and Q.D. Tran of The Deli – handpicked their favorites.
Friday, February 27th will host two programs. The History of Music Video, Part One: From the Dawn of Time until 1993 will be your chance to hear Pitalo discuss his vast knowledge of the art form in a multi-media presentation. He’ll reach back to the days of movie musicals and trace the image + music combo up through the early nineties when the contemporary music video took hold.
Later that night will feature a “throwback game show for the music video obsessed” – test your own knowledge in a unique version of the VH1 game show Name That Video hosted by Pitalo (a champion of the VH1 game himself). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into the contestant pool.
Saturday, February 28th opens with a look at long-form videos of the 1980s. Screenings of David Bowie’s Jazzin’ for Blue Jean, ABC’s Mantrap and Mick Jagger’s Running Out of Luck, followed by a Metal Movie Madness experience with Incident at Channel Q. The Philly premiere of 30 minute short film Buffalo Juggalos will be shown ahead of Incident as a bonus!
And for the night owls, the Saturday late-night special brings They Might Be Weird to the Mausoleum, a burlesque tribute to They Might Be Giants and Weird Al presented by Liberty Rose and Broad St. Burlesque.
The festival closes on Sunday, March 1st with the local premiere of Life On the V: The Story of V66 followed by a tribute to MTV’s music program 120 Minutes with Dave Kendall of Philebrity. John Vettese and Maureen Walsh host a pre-show honoring the VHS-by-mail alternative to cable in the 1980s, Rock Video Monthly. They’ll explore their own collection of time-tested favorites and out-there oddballs.
Check out the full schedule, ticket info and times on PhilaMOCA’s website here.
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