Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival 2017 Wrap-Up

Jerry White Jr. (by Millie Ho)I kind of have a thing for film festivals. There’s something magical about watching movies with filmmakers and an audience that really gives a shit. Something amazing about the crazy days and long nights hanging out with fellow dreamers and makers. The thrill of discovery! I’ve been particularly inspired by fests that foster a creative community, involve music and art, and are anchored in a city or neighborhood that is often overlooked or underappreciated. There’s a reason why we love “Show & Tell” as kids—we all have a need to be heard and share what we’re passionate about! The Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival is what that looks like for our crew, in this town, at this moment.

Our inaugural fest was a huge success! We received over 200 film submissions from around the world and welcomed hundreds to the fest over three days. Whether you were there and would like to relive it or couldn’t make it and want to see what the fuss was all about, here’s a collection of VTFF2017 stuff to check out! —Jerry White Jr. | Festival Director
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Vidlings Chorus created by Jerry White Jr.

VTFF2017 Clips edited by Andy Menko & Jerry White Jr.

Weicht ihr Trauergeister
Written by J.S Bach

Written by Jerry White Jr.
Performed by Jerry White Jr. & Yu Jung Ho

VTFF2017 Logo & Monos drawn by Millie Ho

Welcome to the Inaugural Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival!

Welcome to the inaugural Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival! V&T is dedicated to promoting unconventional narrative film. We love films with a unique voice that tell stories in an unusual way, experiment with the medium, or sincerely explore eclectic subject matter and themes. We encourage and celebrate subversiveness, innovative use of materials and budget, and quirky independent work that doesn’t fit comfortably within any one genre.

This year’s fest features nine live music performances, an art exhibition, and of course, a lot of films—forty-three to be exact! It’s all happening at Ant Hall & Ghost Light in Hamtramck, MI on July 7th & 8th, 2017, and we’re capping the weekend with a filmmaker and VIP-only Award Ceremony Brunch & Excursion on Sunday the 9th!

V&T films are often weird, cult, or niche, but they’re not random. We’re passionate about films that make the strange familiar and the familiar strange while telling a story. We connect with characters who are outsiders and dreamers— both in front of and behind the camera. And though filmmaking is a collaborative effort, we have an unabashed appreciation of the auteur. We love the the absurd humor and magical realism of Terry Gilliam and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the irreverent sincerity and dysfunctional iconoclasm of John Waters and Jane Campion, the uncanny cleverness and dark mystery of Davids Cronenberg and Lynch, the tactile humanity and visceral goofiness of Jan Švankmajer and Stephen Chow, the timeless avant-garde dreamscapes of Maya Deren and Slavko Vorkapić, and the haunting beauty and moral ambiguity of Hayao Miyazaki.

We believe that filmmaking should be accessible to all and that content transcends medium. We’re open to all projects whether they were shot on VHS, Super-8, an HD DSLR, 35mm, an old cell phone, or a 5K Red Scarlet. In fact, we have a special place in our hearts for so- called obsolete tech.

We’ve done our best to curate a diverse and engaging program with a progressive group of unconventional filmmakers, musicians, and artists from Michigan and around the world. We strive to be inclusive and welcome people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, creeds, orientations, and walks of life to be part of this and future years of the fest!