Nancy Cain, a member of the Videofreex collective that utilized the primary transportable videotape recorders to seize the social and cultural upheaval of the late Nineteen Sixties and early ’70s, has died. She was 81.
Cain died Aug. 22 at her house in Desert Sizzling Springs, California, her sister, Linda Grossman, introduced.
Cain, additionally an creator, painter, photographer, performer and filmmaker, was married to Paul Krassner, the creator and political activist who coined the phrase the Yippies, from April Fools’ Day in 1987 till his loss of life in July 2019.
In 1969, Cain, then an assistant to CBS producer Don West, was engaged on a pilot for a present concerning the surging American counterculture known as Topic to Change, which was to interchange the canceled Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
To work on this system, Cain employed Videofreex (as in Videofreaks), whose founders had met on the Woodstock music competition that summer season, and amongst these interviewed have been Yippie Abbie Hoffman and Black Panther Celebration member Fred Hampton.
When CBS rejected the pilot, Cain joined Videofreex. After three years in a Soho loft studio in New York Metropolis, they moved to a 27-room home in upstate Lanesville, the place they operated a media heart and low-power TV station.
Throughout their nine-year historical past, the ten Videofreex companions produced 1000’s of hours of impartial programming and mentored producers all over the world with their Media Bus coaching workshops.
“Again then, there was a utopian thought about video expertise,” Andrew Ingall, an impartial curator who assembled the museum exhibition “Videofreex: The Artwork of Guerrilla Tv,” advised The New York Occasions in 2015.
The transportable videotape recorders have been “accessible and reasonably priced,” he mentioned. “It was democratic. It may doc what was occurring and unfold the phrase. Individuals thought it was going to alter the world.”
Cain hosted a whole bunch of reside Lanesville TV exhibits from 1971-78, and her 15-minute movie, Harriet, a 1974 docu-drama about private liberation, served for example of ’70s feminist filmmaking.
She additionally was a Portapak video producer and digicam operator on nationally broadcast exhibits for Prime Worth Tv (TVTV) and a collaborator with Survival Arts Media and different early video manufacturing teams and artists.
Starting in 1978 along with her romantic and Videofreex manufacturing companion Bart Friedman, Cain operated a nonprofit media heart in Woodstock and was this system director on the city’s cable TV station.
She got here to Hollywood in 1984, directed actuality TV applications and was a area director for the Fox late-night collection The Wilton North Report and a West Coast camcorder correspondent and section producer for the choice PBS collection The 90s.
And with Judith Binder, she co-founded and co-produced CamNet, a 24-hour all-camcorder programming service.
Born on June 3, 1940, Cain started her profession within the ’60s as a theater performer and lounge singer in Detroit.
After shifting to New York, she sang in a quartet that was signed by Sire Data; carried out in a radio sketch present known as It’s Your Life (And You Can Have It) with Chevy Chase and George Coe and in a cabaret trio with Lily Tomlin and Madeline Kahn that appeared frequently at Jules Monk’s Rendezvous Room on the Plaza; and appeared in TV commercials till her company advised her she needed to take a nude bathe to promote shampoo.
An opportunity assembly with a CBS govt on a New York road nook in 1969 modified the course of her life, and her 2011 e-book, Video Days: And What We Noticed By means of the Viewfinder, chronicled her media adventures.
She and Krassner moved from Venice, California, to Desert Sizzling Springs in 2002. After his loss of life, she managed his archive and gross sales of books and posters.
Along with her sister, survivors embrace her nieces, Sadie and Liza; nephew Adam; daughter-in-law Holly; and granddaughter Talia. Condolence messages will be despatched to NancyCainMemories@gmail.com.