VHYes

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    VHYes

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    USA

    2019

    72 min

    • English

    Comedy

    This bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS, takes us back to 1986. You know, when everything was still so straightforward. That's the year 12-year-old Ralph gets a video camera for Christmas. He immediately starts making home videos and recording TV shows he isn't supposed to watch. He accidentally erases his parents' wedding video while doing so, though. The result is a deliciously nostalgic stew of Tel Sell ads, meditative landscape painting and censored B-grade porn, which totally loses the plot. Even the American version of the Antiques Roadshow feels grim here. This fun, well-thought-out pastiche of cultural criticism and nostalgia with cameos from Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins (the director's parents) refers equally to the past and present. A scientist on a talk show prophetically warns us about the dangers of video: "One day we will all have mini VHS cams in our pockets! The world will exist to be filmed".

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    Credits

    Cast
    Mason McNulty
    Rahm Berkshaw
    Kerri Kenny
    Charlyne Yi
    Courtney Pauroso
    Thomas Lennon
    Mark Proksch
    Screenplay
    Jack Henry Robbins
    Nunzio Randazzo
    Cinematography
    Nate Gold
    Editing
    Avner Shiloah
    Music
    Eric D. Johnson
    Production
    HOT WINTER FILMS
    Festival Bookings
    OSCILLOSCOPE LABORATORIES
    Jack Henry Robbins

    Jack Henry Robbins

    USA

    Jack Henry Robbins is a filmmaker and human being born in NYC who now lives in Los Angeles. He is honored to be a part of the Sundance Film Festival for the second (strait) year. His short HOT WINTER: A FILM BY DICK PIERRE and this year's PAINTING WITH JOAN were both filmed entirely on VHS, on a camera created two years before his birth. Jack cannot dunk a basketball, despite being six foot four.

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