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TVTV (short for Top Value Television) was a San Francisco-based pioneering video collective founded in 1972 by Allen Rucker, Michael Shamberg, Tom Weinberg, Hudson Marquez and Megan Williams. Shamberg was author of the 1971 "do-it-yourself" video production manual Guerrilla Television. Over the years, more than thirty "guerrilla video" makers were participants in TVTV productions. They included members of the Ant Farm: Chip Lord, Doug Michels, Hudson Marquez and Curtis Schreier; the Videofreex, Skip Blumberg, Nancy Cain, Chuck Kennedy, and Parry Teasdale. TVTV pioneered the use of independent video based on wanting to change society and have a good time inventing new and then-revolutionary media, ½" Sony Portapak video equipment, and later embracing the ¾" video format.
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TVTV - The Oscars
Starts with young wunderkind Steven Spielberg in his office as he learns that he didn’t get nominated for “Jaws” and ends with Lily Tomlin, as middle American housewife Judy Beasley, falling asleep at home as the Star Spangled Banner plays at the end of the telecast. Ms. Tomlin is also a nominee for best supporting actress and plays the Hollywood glamour queen to the hilt. TVTV is in the limo with Goldie Hawn and Lee Grant on the way to the big night and goes skiing with Michael Douglas as relaxes before winning a slew of Oscars for “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” Given TVTV’s sly, unobtrusive style of video verite, you see many of these celebs as they really are, with little pretense. It’s a fun night for all, except the losers.