Date: Thursday, December 8th

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Vidiots Annex

Tickets: $25 General Admission / $20 Foundation Members (copper & up)

A one-of-a kind, informal screening with established and emerging filmmakers, actors, and comedians. Featured artists and attendees explore Vidiots’ extensive library, sparking free-flowing conversations and resulting in a screening of the artists’ pick in The Annex, Vidiots 48-seat screening room. Artists might live-commentary their screening, or ask the audience’s help in selecting a film. Writer Simon Barrett and producer Keith Calder (The Guest, Blair Witch) will reunite for their triumphant return to Vidiots after the pair kicked-off the first Surprise Cinema! event in July, 2016. It was unanimously hailed as one of the most mind-blowing film events attendees had ever experienced!

“Vidiots is probably the only place in the world where you can grab a long-forgotten VHS gem from a shelf, and share it with a group of cinema fans who are down for the adventure of discovery.” -Keith Calder, Producer (Blair Witch, Anomalisa, The Guest, You’re Next, Thunder Soul)

Join beloved indie filmmakers Simon Barrett and Keith Calder as they scour Vidiots’ massive library of rare VHS tapes, DVDs, and Blu-Rays for the perfect movie, choosing what the group will watch mere minutes before we all go into the screening room and hit “play.”


Simon Barrett

Simon Barrett’s screenwriting credits include The Guest, You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Dead Birds and portions of the anthology films V/H/S, V/H/S/2 and The ABC’s of Death. Prior to his work in the film industry, he was employed as a licensed private investigator. Barrett currenlty resides in Los Angeles.


Keith Calder

Keith Calder co-founded Snoot Entertainment in 2004 to develop, finance, and produce films across all genres and media. Keith’s most recent credits include Charlie Kaufman’s Academy Award-nominated animated film Anomalisa and Lionsgate’s Blair Witch. Snoot also premiered Sean Byrne’s The Devil Candy at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. Other recent Snoot productions include Faults, the dramatic thriller starring Leland Orser and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, which was released in March 2015; Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s The Guest, which was released in 2014 by Picturehouse; and the award-winning horror film You’re Next, which Lionsgate released wide in August of 2013.

Additional Snoot films include the Morgan Spurlock documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold; the award-winning audience favorite documentary Thunder Soul; the martial-arts action film Bunraku; and the intense horror film Undocumented. Snoot’s first release was the 3D animated science-fiction film Battle for Terra. In addition, Keith produced All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, and Peep World through Occupant Films, which he co-founded in 2005.