Since their inception in 2016, independent VHS distribution company Weird Life LTR (Limited Tape Run) have released a handful of features and shorts on beautiful analogue videotape. Their latest release suits the format perhaps best of all however; Courtney Fathom Sell’s personal, homemade documentary Tracking Issues.
The film was shot entirely on disposable cameras, over the course of twenty years. It chronicles the lives of four children who aspire to become horror filmmakers, honing their craft making films in their parents’ backyards in their small New England town. The film catches up with them years later, to find that their lives have gone in totally different directions.
Tracking Issues was released exclusively on VHS through Weird Life Films earlier this month, and can be purchased through their website here. In the meantime, check out the official trailer below.
Part of Weird Life’s mission statement on their site reads: “It’s about holding a piece of blood, sweat & Glory in your hands that the rest of the world will never see…unless they also buy a tape of course.”
The philosophy seems to match up nicely with producer/director Fathom Sell’s doc, which features numerous clips of films pored over by the young friends; films that only ever got to be enjoyed by them and those close to them.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)