Cruising In The Van Productions announced today that their award-winning documentary feature Life on the V: The Story of V66, the cult nostalgia hit about the 1980s music video TV channel V66, has been added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. The film is now available for viewing by visitors at their Museum.
“We are thrilled to have this little-known piece of television history preserved in our collection” said Steve Jajkowski, the Archives Director for Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC).
Life on the V: The Story of V66 tells the story of V66, the hugely popular music video TV channel that was broadcast throughout the Boston area during the height of the music video craze in 1985-86, only to disappear from the airwaves after 18 months. 30 years later, the fans remain and memories of this channel have formed an important place in 80s nostalgia. The documentary focuses on this music outlet that came out at a time when cable penetration was minimal in New England and when MTV was scarcely available. Told from the perspective of radio legends and channel co-founders, John Garabedian and Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsberg, as well as a who’s who in the Boston 80s music scene, the film provides a comprehensive behind-the-scenes view of what it was like to be a part of the magic happening at this station that still brings back a flood of enthusiastic emotion for those fans who were glued to their TVs years ago.
The documentary team tracked down and interviewed over 30 former V66 employees (executives, VJs, technical crew, interns, marketers, stylists, and editors), over 30 musicians who were either on V66 or influenced by V66 (including members of The Cars, The J. Geils Band, New Edition, ‘Til Tuesday, Extreme, The Del Fuegos, Puddle of Mudd, The Lemonheads, Dropkick Murphys, and Morphine), and many fans.
“When we first began this documentary, I felt that V66 was a piece of television history that very few people knew about” says Life on the V director Eric Green. “It was an intriguing story I wanted to present to audiences in this documentary. I am truly honored and thrilled to know that this story is now going to be preserved as a piece of television history by the MBC!”
The mission of the Museum of Broadcast Communications is to collect, preserve and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform and entertain the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications, and online access to its resources. The MBC is an Illinois non-profit corporation that owns and manages two subsidiaries, museum.tv and the National Radio Hall of Fame.
MBC’s Collection: https://museumtv.pastperfectonline.com/
Life on the V: The Story of V66 made its World Premiere in April 2014 at the Independent Film Festival Boston, the highest attended film festival in New England. Over three hundred fans lined up multiple blocks to see the film and lively Q&A featuring the filmmakers and former V66 employees. In addition to film festivals, screenings at independent cinemas throughout the U.S. included a packed show at Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles. Film critic Andrew Osborne (Double Toasted) named Life on the V his #10 Best Movie of 2014. In December 2015, Life on the V was added to The Paley Center for Media’s Permanent Collection in their New York City and Los Angeles centers.
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Awards for Life on the V: The Story of V66:
– Best Documentary, Independent Television and Film Festival (Dover Forge I and Dover Theater, Dover, VT) September 2014
– Best Rock Doc (Music Related Documentary), Somewhat North Of Boston Film Festival (Red River Theatres, Concord, NH) November 2014
– Best Picture, New England Underground Film Festival (University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium, Hartford, CT) October 2015
– Best Documentary, New England Underground Film Festival (University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium, Hartford, CT) October 2015
– Best Director for Eric Green, New England Underground Film Festival (University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium, Hartford, CT) October 2015
Film Festival Screenings:
– Independent Film Festival Boston (Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA) Official Selection, April 2014, World Premiere
– Independent Television and Film Festival (Dover Forge and Dover Theater, Dover, VT) Official Selection, September 2014
– Somewhat North Of Boston Film Festival (Red River Theatres, Concord, NH) Official Selection, November 2014
– Noise Pop Film Series (Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, CA) Official Selection, February 2015
– Philly Video Music Festival (PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA) Official Selection, March 2015
– Maryland International Film Festival Hagerstown (Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown, MD) Official Selection, March 2015
– Asbury Park Music In Film Festival (City Council Chambers, Asbury Park, NJ) Official Selection, April 2015
– Allentown ArtsFest (Cedar Beach Park, Allentown, PA) Official Selection, September 2015
– Independent Television and Film Festival (Dover Forge, Dover, VT) Best Of ITVFest screening, September 2015
– New England Underground Film Festival (University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium, Hartford, CT) Official Selection, October 2015
– The Directors Chair Film Festival (Hub17, Staten Island, NY) Official Selection, September 2016
Independent Cinema Screenings:
– Cape Ann Community Cinema (Gloucester, MA) Fall Into The Rhythm screening, September 2014
– Corazon Cinema (St. Augustine, FL) August 2015
– The Somerville Theatre (Somerville, MA) Special Film Series, August 2015
– The Frida Cinema (Santa Ana, CA) September 2015
– Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles, CA) September 2015
– Mutiny Information Café (Denver, CO) September 2015
– Fond Object (Nashville, TN), October 2015
– The Regent Theatre (Arlington, MA) February 2016
– Peterborough Community Theatre (Peterborough, NH) December 2016
– Charles River Museum (Waltham, MA) April 2017
– Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline, MA) August 2018
On February 12, 1985, the free channel, V66 went live on the air and created an immediate sensation. V66 was in the right place at the right time to showcase Boston’s superstar acts of this era as well as the new rising stars from Boston’s music scene. They also broadcast live concerts and events all over the Boston area. The fans on the street, dancing at the clubs and calling in to win contests became as much a part of the channel as the music being played. On September 21, 1986, V66 signed off the channel 66 airwaves. While V66 wasn’t around for very long, the influence was immense. Fans never forgot it in the decades since. Life On The V captures that moment in time, by combining archival footage with newly shot interviews told by the people who lived it.
About Cruising In The Van Productions
Cruising In The Van Productions is a film production company based out of Boston, Massachusetts, whose mission is to make high quality motion pictures using cost-effective measures. Co-founders Eric Green and Matthew Nerney grew up in the Boston suburb of Bedford together. Their first production was the 16mm short To Be John Woo (2002) written and directed by Mr. Green. It had a successful run on the film festival circuit from 2002 through 2004. The next production was the mini-DV short Musician For Hire. Since its debut in 2004, it has screened at film festivals all over the world, streamed the web, played on TV in New York and won an award (Best Music Video for the music video sequence at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival). In 2017, co-founder Matthew Nerney passed away. In honor of Matthew, Cruising In The Van Productions will continue to make quality films.
About Director Eric Green
Eric Green grew up in suburban Boston and got his start at his senior internship at Miramax Films in New York. After graduating from Fitchburg State University with a degree in Communications / Film Production, Green worked in film and TV production in New York City on various productions (Hope and Faith, The Interpreter, and Definitely, Maybe) and in post-production (at Fuse and AMC Networks). Life on the V marks Green’s feature documentary debut. He had so much fun working in the genre that he made a short documentary The Beatles Boston, which had 8 successful screenings at Beatles events. In 2013, his spec script for the HBO-TV comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm was named Grand Prize Winner by the Hollywood Screenplay Contest in their Television Spec Script category. His original screenplay Creek Falls was named Gold Prize Winner by the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest in their Horror category. He has written several screenplays and is currently working on several more. He was a Juror in the Documentary Competition of the 2015 Independent Film Festival Boston. Eric is married and lives in the Boston area.