Lanesville TV: May 18th 1974


1974 | 00:52:30 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: Film or Videomaking, Television

Although this episode promises, at first, to be a typical program of Lanesville Television—presenting two videos of previously shot footage of a truck wreck and a recent opening of a Buddhist Temple in South Cairo, NY—an unplanned event, arising mid-recording, becomes the catalyst for a high-energy, live-reportage segment.

Halfway through the airing of this episode on May 18th, 1974, hosted by Skip Blumberg clad in a Lanesville Television t-shirt, a police siren outside the Videofreex’s house alerts the group to a confrontation between the Chief of Police and an unruly motorcyclist. The individuals responsible for managing this particular episode—Nancy on audio, Perry on video, and Bart on the camera—scramble to re-arrange their sound and video feeds so that Skip can leave the recording studio and report on the scene “live.” What ensues is a rare opportunity for the Freex: they are able to create a live video record of an event, aired in real-time on television for its viewers—a format that contemporary viewers today take for granted but was novel and exceedingly exciting at the time.

—Faye Gleisser


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Title Awards Image Major Exhibitions/Festivals Description
Sea in the Blood

Equal First Prize for Best Male Short, Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Sea in the Blood

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2001


Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001



Sea In The Blood is a personal documentary about living with illness, tracing the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962, when Richard went from Trinidad to England with Nan to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made the counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. The narrative of love and loss is set against a background of colonialism in the Caribbean and the reverberations of migration and political change.

"Sea in the Blood was to be a meditation on race, sexuality and disease, but after working with the material for three years, it was the emotional story that came through. It's hard to work with such personal material, but in the end the work takes on a life of its own. 'Richard' is a character. Because of the subject matter — disease and death — I wanted to avoid sentimentality. I'd like the audience to think as well as feel."

— Richard Fung