VHYes - Enzian Theater

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Fans of Director Jack Henry Robbins’s hilarious PBS inspired short film “Painting with Joan” from the 2018 Florida Film Festival get read to push play on all the analog glory that is VHYes.

A bizarre retro comedy shot entirely on a VHS camcorder, VHYes takes us back to a simpler time, when twelve-year-old Ralph mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape. The result is a nostalgic wave of home shopping clips, censored pornography, and nefarious true-crime tales that threaten to unkindly rewind Ralph’s reality. Featuring riotous guest appearances from Kerry Kinney, Thomas Lennon, Charlyne Yi, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon, and produced by University of Central Florida alumnus Delaney Schenker, this is one nostalgia trip where adjusting the tracking won’t help at all.

USA, 2019, 72 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Jack Henry Robbins

  • "Think of the film as an extended cousin of Too Many Cooks, where parody gives way to weirdness, which gives way to surrealism, which gives way to genuine horror by the end. Bonkers as the combination sounds, and it is unimpeachably bonkers, the effect of their marriage is hypnotic."

    – Andrew Crump, Paste Magazine
  • "VHYES is one of the most unique films I've seen in quite some time and it's a film I could watch over and over again."

    – Lorry Kikta, Film Threat
  • "Throughout, 'VHYes' laces its nostalgia with bitter poison, reminding its audience that even in the carefree couch potato days of 1987, the end-times always loomed."

    – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
  • "A skit-filled 'Kentucky Fried Movie'-like takedown of kitsch 1980s media culture develops into a far more prescient and surprisingly moving satire."

    – Simon Foster, Screen-Space
  • "A stream of consciousness, experimental, Robot Chicken-style collage."

    – Amy Nicholson, NPR
  • "Television is reality, and reality is less than television. And that is, by the end of the 72-minute-long VHYes’ gleefully immersive, intermittently profound 'found footage,' a lesson Ralph osmotically absorbs through the VHS viewfinder of his life."

    – Marc Savlov, Austin Chronivle
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