When: Sun., May 24, 9 p.m. 2015
“Remember when MTV used to play music videos?” — that’s a complaint that’s been uttered a million times. Lamenting the loss of a curated platform for band vids seems to be an activity that no one gets bored of, so there must be something to it. Since 2011, the people behind Out of Focus TV have been trying to remedy that loss with their own indie television channel (hosted online at OutofFocus.TV), which includes original series, music videos, mini-docs, live music, comedy, and curated playlists. On May 24, they will once again bring the Out of Focus Video Festival to The New Parkway (474 24th St., Oakland) to showcase locally made short film submissions. Most of the mini-movies will be music videos, but the lineup will also include animations and narrative shorts. Some of the submission come from local artists Shannon and the Clams, Golden Drugs, Janelle Hessig, Swiftumz, Sonny and the Sunsets, and Charlie Megira. After the screenings, the audience will get a chance to question the bands and filmmakers on their work. Finally, there is an even better form of entertainment to fill the hole in your heart where the old MTV once was.