Founding of Videofreex, New York City

Videofreex, founded in 1969 by David Cort, Mary Curtis Ratcliff, and Parry Teasdale, is a pioneering video collective that uses the Sony Portapak for countercultural video projects from 1969 to 1978. In 1972, they launch the first pirate television station, Lanesville TV, using a transmitter given to them by Abbie Hoffman, to turn television into a more democratic medium. The Videofreex Archive, containing more than 1,500 original tapes, is housed at the Video Data Bank.