It begins with <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> and moves through <i>Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!, The Wiz, Thank God It’s Friday, Summer Lovers and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure</i>, among countless other gems and surprises. I think you get the picture. <i>Trailer Camp</i> is the brainchild of renowned archivist Jenni Olson. It is her genius and dedication that have painstakingly collected the very best (or worst) coming-attractions trailers. Wild, huh? On one level, <i>Trailer Camp</i> is simply hilarious; on another, it can’t help but be a fascinating study of where our collective minds were, or better yet, where the marketing machines thought our minds were, at some precise points in cinematic history.
We are happy to present the U.S. premiere of <i>Trailer Camp</i> and welcome Jenni, who has taken time off from working on her new book and latest collection effort of African-American trailers, <i>Afro Promo</i>, to share some of her wacky treasures. The midnight young-uns will score some valuable video-rental picks to last the next couple of months, and you B-film aficionados should expect a tidal wave of nostalgia. (I was taken back to a drive-in theater in central California.)For anyone who can’t get enough films in Park City, my prescription is this: Before going to bed, come take a few of these tiny time capsules. You’ll feel better in the morning.
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