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TVTV: Video Revolutionaries

Paul Goldsmith's Documentary about Top Value Television
features Bill Murray, John Belushi, Goldie Hawn, Hunter Thompson,
Steven Spielberg, Lynn Swan, Abbie Hoffman, Lily Tomlin and many more

Opens October 19 in New York City

First Run Features is proud to announce the New York theatrical premiere of TVTV: Video Revolutionaries, a new documentary about the 1970s video maker's collective Top Value Television. The film opens at New York's Cinema Village on October 19, 2018.

Featuring Bill Murray, John Belushi, Goldie Hawn, Hunter Thompson, Steven Spielberg, Lynn Swan, Abbie Hoffman, Lily Tomlin and many more, TVTV: Video Revolutionaries explores the rise and fall of Top Value Television ("TVTV"), a band of merry video makers who, in the 1970s, took the just-introduced portable video camera and went out to document the world.

In those days, there were only three TV networks, using giant studio cameras, and no one had ever seen a portable camera stuck in their face. Because the technology was so new, there were no rules about how to use it or what to make. So these new video journalists used the portapaks to make format-bending satirical shows about whatever interested them -- from the 1972 Republican Convention to an expose of the 15-year-old guru called "Lord of the Universe" to the Steelers and Cowboys partying hard the night before Super Bowl X.

Directed by Top Value Television alumni Paul Goldsmith, TVTV: Video Revolutionaries is like opening a treasure chest into the '70s, filled with cultural and political events hosted by now-famous characters who were just beginning their climb to iconic.
Praise for Top Value Television

"It's brilliant. Truly. It's VICE before VICE, reality TV before reality TV,
sketch comedy before sketch comedy, 30 FOR 30 before 30 FOR 30.

- Luke Kelly-Clyne, Showrunner & Executive Producer of Pop TV's Hot Date

"Forty years ago, the video collective TVTV (short for Top Value Television) began to shoot free-form nonfiction TV with just-invented portable video equipment. Today their classic coverage of political conventions, pop gurus, and sixties icons like Abbie Hoffman and
Hunter Thompson remain fresh and startling. Incisive and irreverent, TVTV helped define
the independent video of the seventies, changing TV documentaries from 'white papers'
to visceral, humorous, and often alarming documents of their time."

- Paley Center for Media, honoring TVTV's 40th anniversary, 2012

"TVTV is part League of Justice, part television's answer to the New Journalism, part guerrilla style Front Page and part Samuel Beckett. Television of the Absurd. Through a lens, starkly. Witty, irreverent, deadpan - but never quite able to conceal the cold eye of the reformer."
- Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize winning TV critic, Chicago Sun-Times

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Paul Goldsmith (Director) - Paul studied film at NYU and then moved to California to work as a director of photography. He has filmed movies, television, commercials, music videos and documentaries. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and has received numerous awards including an Emmy. One film he photographed, WHEN WE WERE KINGS (Muhammad Ali in Zaire) won an Oscar. He is the author of TALKING STONE: ROCK ART OF THE COSOS. In the last decade he has produced his own independent documentaries, including ALONE ON THE ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS, the final film in a trilogy about Native American history.


Directed and Produced by Paul Goldsmith

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Run Time – 82 minutes
Language – English
Format Digital
Year 2018
Genre – Documentary

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