The two titans of the “found” universe, Found Footage Festival (FFF) and Found Magazine, will go toe to toe at Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, Connecticut on Saturday, April 27 in a battle royale of found stuff. The show kicks off at 8pm, and both camps—Joe Pickett of The Onion and Nick Prueher of ‘Letterman’ and the FFF, and Peter and Davy Rothbart of Found—will be sharing their favorite finds to determine once and for all whether found notes or found videos will reign supreme. A significant portion of proceeds will benefit a Boston Marathon runner’s charity, the Brookline Resilience Youth.
The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Founded in New York in 2004, the festival has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including the HBO Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. It has been featured on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ NPR and G4 TV’s ‘Attack of the Show’ and has been named a critic’s pick in dozens of publications, including The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and The Chicago Tribune. The FFF can also be seen twice a week in a popular web series on The Onion’s A.V. Club, and in the hit documentary Winnebago Man. Pickett and Prueher’s first book, VHS: Absurd, Odd, and Ridiculous Relics from the Videotape Era, is out now from Running Press.
Chicago-founded Found Magazine is an annual magazine and community art project which archives notes and letters found on the ground or on the street. These finds are mailed in by thousands worldwide. The magazine and bestselling Found books are edited and assembled by Davy Rothbart, a writer, filmmaker, and frequent contributor to public radio’s “This American Life.”
Each year, the Rothbart and his brother Peter, a Seattle-based singer and songwriter, take Found on the road for a series of magical, energetic live shows where Davy reads his favorite found notes and letters and Peter plays songs based on the finds. The Los Angeles Times calls Davy and Peter “utterly engaging performers,” and The Village Voice calls the Found show “electrifying and exhilarating.” The Rothbarts have twice been guests on the Late Show with David Letterman, have appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition,” and have been profiled in The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Pickett and Rothbart chose to support BRYT and a mutual friend with their tour – Josh Eagle, a Boston resident and longtime friend of Found and FFF, participated in the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Brookline BRYT, which helps Boston-area teenagers transition back into school after suffering medical or mental health issues. Although Monday’s bombings prevented Josh from finishing the race, Pickett and Rothbart stood behind Eagle’ efforts by by contributing a portion of all ticket sales from their four-city “Found vs. Found” mini-tour to BRYT.
Heirloom is located at 155 Main Street in downtown Danbury. Tickets to the show are $10 and are available in advance at foundfootagefest.com or at the door. A significant portion of proceeds will benefit a Boston Marathon runner’s charity, the Brookline Resilience Youth.