Here's a short documentary our recently deceased friend Joe Fiorentino made a long time ago.
Big fundraiser happening Dec 5th, 2012 at The Gutter in Brooklyn.
Here's how to donate to his family.
From Jeff Jensen: "This is a documentary about a scavenger hunt that I helped create in the summer of 1999. The classic teen romp film 'Midnight Madness (1980)' was our template and this was the second one we did.
"Our fictitious conglomerate Game Tech hosted a slide show orientation explaining the rules to would-be “gamers.” This took place at a bar in Greenpoint that was about to become Enid’s. I’m sure you’ve probably DJ’d there. Anyway, the orientation leading up to the game was very over the top in a kind of “Cinco” from 'Tim and Eric' kinda way. Other than the very opening shot, there’s no footage of this night in the doc. I guess you had to be there.
"The following Friday evening gamers assembled at the cube in Astor Place and were given a list of clues. They also paid $15 per team. That covered our expenses. We didn’t make any money from this. We did it because I loved 'Midnight Madness' so much that I had always wished someone would provide an opportunity to behave like those characters in real life, so… Also in 1999 my rent was $300. And as you can clearly see, we all had a lot of free time on our hands.
"Sadly, as far as I know, all the original clues have been lost (please contact me if you have yours). In this era of self-overdocumentation those would make a nice accessory. But the clues, if I do say so myself were pretty ingenious and like the original movie were extremely challenging. When solved they would lead the teams to a word or phrase. The word might be found in a menu at an Indian restaurant, on the screen of a video game at a long lost arcade, or as seen here… from a live-action game of charades with a couple shrimps on a Chinatown backstreet. If enough clues were solved, the team would call their 'game control hotline' to find the secret location of the finish line.
"There was an after party at Enid's with music by Les Opportunistes (Jacques Dutronc cover band), Centuries and The Star Spangles.
"Joe Fiorentino instructed the teams to bring (clunky) video cameras with them and document their experience. Not many did. Additional footage was captured by Joe and a couple other more legit videographers. Joe spent countless hours sifting through this morass of garbage to create this very watchable and priceless document of an unglamorous and deliberately dorky event from the comparatively innocent pre-Google, pre-cell phone, pre-Facebook, pre-9/11 era. This is Joe's movie.
"Tragically Joe recently passed away much too young. For those that knew and loved Joe, please view this with his lively and hilarious personality in mind. We miss you Joe."
"Oh yeah, peel your eyes for glimpses of Andrew WK, Fischerspooner, The Record Grouch, Princess Superstar, Christian Holstad, Dame Darcy, Gavin Russom, Greg Fiering, Ian Christe, the people of RUBULAD and hundreds of other largely caucasian thrill seekers…"