In 1969, a CBS executive brought together a group of young people as part of a secret pilot project to cover counter-cultural stories not being told in the mainstream. Self-named the Videofreex, this ragtag group of teachers, carpenters, nurses and artists traveled the country interviewing radicals from Abbie Hoffman to the Black Panthers. When CBS shut the program down, they let the Videofreex keep the equipment so they continued their work making media for the next decade or so. The film draws heavily from the Videofreex footage and tells a fascinating story about how the group grappled with the challenges of distribution in a time before our vastly networked society. Offering an inspiring story about how independent voices struggle to make themselves heard, Here Come the Videofreex also provides a fascinating and little-known chapter in the history of public journalism.
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