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Watching the Weird, Wacky and Downright Bizarre: Found Footage Film Fest at Largo on Tuesday

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Remember those silly educational videos that we were forced to watch in school about the dangers of sex, drugs and/or rock and roll? Or if you're in the business world, there's always the requisite sexual harassment training or earthquake preparedness videos that Human Resources forces workers to endure. Those types of films and videos—not to mention bizarre late-night cable access shows—have become essentials to "found footage" collectors.

LA has a chance to watch an evening of these off-kilter films when the Found Footage Festival comes to Largo on Tuesday night as part of a 75-city tour of the US, Canada and the UK. Festival curators and hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett promise a screening filled with gems found at garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America.

Opening the show is a 25th anniversary screening of the legendary short documentary and cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Directors Jeff Krulik and John Heyn preserved a piece of mid-80s Americana when they cruised through a parking lot before a 1986 Judas Priest concert and interviewed teen headbangers in all their eloquent glory.

We shot Prueher a couple questions via email about the festival and its origins: