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Ephemera exalted

Davy Rothbart, creator of Found Magazine, reads a note he found in Washington in 2004.Preston Keres
Davy Rothbart, creator of Found Magazine, reads a note he found in Washington in 2004.
Preston Keres

Night celebrates odd videos, old filmstrips, curious discards

What will take the prize Friday night in Denton? A discarded “lost duck” poster sketched on a piece of spiral notebook paper? A clip from an infomercial for the Flowbee — a device that sucks your hair into a plastic reservoir, cuts it and whisks the clippings into your vacuum? Or will classroom films win the day?

The audience will determine the victor when the Found Footage Fest takes on Found Magazine and the AV Geeks at 8 p.m. Friday at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, 411 E. Sycamore St.

The Found Footage Festival got its start back in 1991, when founders and curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher found a VHS training tape in a McDonald’s breakroom. The tape was hard-hitting stuff: “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties. Ever since, Pickett and Prueher have been collecting strange, dated and silly tapes and anthologizing them in DVDs.

The co-founders tour the country with the videotape romps in a traveling competition. Found Footage puts up its latest and greatest clips (an advertisement for a creeping electronic mask that’s meant to make you look younger, for instance) against the latest and greatest from Found Magazine (found notes, photos and oddities) and that of the AV Geeks, a collective that has a library of more than 24,000 classroom films.

Cover is $13 per person, $15 for those younger than 21. Tickets are available online at www.foundfootagefest.com.

— Lucinda Breeding