Thursday, May 09, 2013

Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector

Here's a documentary I've been waiting to see for what seems like an eternity, Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector, directed by Levi Peretic, and the bearded wonder behind VHShitfest Dan Kinem.

After checking out the trailer I'm reminded how jealous I am seeing all the amazing tapes people score because I have personally had terrible luck over the years with finding quality VHS tapes. Even before VHS collecting became super popular again (and finding good stuff at non-ridiculous prices became virtually impossible) in the past 4-5 years I'd only really found a few fairly obscure titles; Clash of the Ninjas, Blood Tracks, Mama Dracula (one of the worst vampire movies ever), and a few others I can't remember. Anytime I'm in some weird piece of shit thrift store or pawn shop (which is fairly often) I always  look through the VHS tapes and the most obscure thing I usually find is Dorf on Golf, which I seem to find at every store. Did that many people buy Dorf on Golf, or is this one copy getting passed around from second hand shop to second hand shop?

Sorry, losing my train of thought here, enjoy the trailer below and checkout the official site to find out when you can have a chance to see the film.

Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector is a feature-length documentary directed by Dan Kinem and Levi Peretic that sheds light on the growing VHS culture and the community of collectors that still cherish what many refer to as a "dead format." It is a passion project made by true lovers of the format for not only people who love VHS, but also for people who can remember having to rewind a movie before they could watch it and for people who remember the glorious days of going to the video store each weekend to rent a movie.
It was culled from over 1,000 hours of footage and over 100 interviews with collectors, distributors, and video store owners like Lloyd Kaufman (head of Troma Entertainment), Tony Timpone (former editor of Fangoria), Fred Vogel (director, August Underground), Sam Sherman (horror producer extraordinaire), Zack Carlson (producer American Scream), Mike McPadden (head writer, Mr. Skin), and many, many more.

The film was completely funded through Kickstarter and has been a huge community effort. Directors Levi and Dan run the popular VHS-review site VHShitfest, and the film was produced by Matt Desiderio of Horror Boobs Video and Josh Schafer of Lunchmeat Magazine. Adjust Your Tracking premiered in Los Angeles on April 5th at the Days of the Dead convention, played at Texas Frightmare Weekend, and is currently booking more screenings around the world, including an Adjust Your Tracking VHS Tour in August. 

The movie is playing at the 92YTribeca on May 24th in New York City, at PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia on May 25th, and more. All screenings can be found on the Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector website and Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector Facebook page.

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