In 1971 a group of young radicals moved out of their SoHo loft and to Maple Tree Farm, a rambling 27-room boarding house in Lanesville, a tiny town in Upstate New York. They called themselves the Videofreex, and they operated as a collective, collaborative media-production unit.

Two years before this exodus from New York City, in 1969, two future Freex, David Cort and Parry Teasdale, met at the Woodstock Music Festival. They immediately recognized each other as fellow travelers by virtue of the 19 fact that they both had early video cameras.

While living in the loft, rented by Videofreex Mary Curtis Ratcliff, the group had been hosting parties and video screenings where they would play back video to each other or an array of amazed audience members. They also managed to be hired by CBS to make a “youth culture” TV magazine series pilot titled Subject to Change (1969)....

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