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Very First Half-Inch Videotape Festival Ever, The

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Very First Half-Inch Videotape Festival Ever, The
Program Description

For this work video makers using the portapak were invited to bring their works into the WGBH studio, where the pieces were played back from and shot off of monitors. Host Russell Connors and others interviewed participants (including representatives of Top Value Television and a young Bill Viola) about their work. Television viewers were encouraged to call into the station with their comments and were given contact information for the participants. The work shown represents the explosion in the use of video after the invention of the portapak.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Live television programs
Video equipment
Video recordings
Talk Show
Film and Television
Becton, Henry (Producer)
Chiesa, Dorothy (Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Connor, Russell ()
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