Skip Sweeney understands artists, because Skip is an artist. In the late 60 and early 70’s when video was first being explored as an art form, Skip Sweeney was an innovator in the Bay Area Video Scene. He was known not only for his video work, but for promoting collaboration and innovation within the video community. Collaboration and innovation are still the key words that define the work of Skip and the Team at Video Free America. They describe themselves as “a dynamic, hands-on facility staffed by award-winning producers, directors and support personnel”. Sure, they have the latest production hardware, sure, their programs win big awards. And yes, the New York Times and Variety have given them rave reviews. But it isn’t hype that got all this attention. It’s creative professionals dedicated to the content, concept and attention to detail you need to get the most out of production and post.
Video Free America was founded in 1970 by videographer Skip Sweeney, as a place of artistic foment dedicated to pioneering the new genre called “video art.” This new form of expression forged an exciting dialogue with artists around the country, and his timely collaborations with San Francisco’s National Center for Experiments in Television and PBS affiliate KQED-TV.
For over thirty years, Video Free America has excelled at innovation. Besides its award-winning television and corporate communications programs, the studio leads with such diverse projects as Skip Sweeney’s interactive video/performance production co-developed with actor and clown Bill Irwin for Seattle Repertory and performed on Broadway —or new media like “Psychic Detective,” an interactive movie developed with director John Sanborn.
Video Free America personnel have produced, shot and edited hundreds of documentaries, travelogues, children’s features, dance and art performances creating programs for PBS and international broadcast. Commercial productions include TV spots, music video promotions, Public Service Announcements, safety and training tapes, digital entertainment and dynamic new media. In a technological climate where more and more things are looking alike because of the mistaken notion of technology becoming more important then the content itself, we at PHS thought it especially important to include Video Free America on our list of go to companies. They embrace the creative spirit, while maintaining the skills and technology to bring all kinds of projects, broadcast, artistic, commercial and long form to fruition. Be sure to visit their site to learn more about Skip and the VFA team. One of Skips Video’s was included in a J.Paul Getty Exhibition on early California Video.