Trailer Camp

Director: Jenni Olson

Institute History

  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival


It begins with The Wizard of Oz and moves through Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!, The Wiz, Thank God It’s Friday, Summer Lovers and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, among countless other gems and surprises. I think you get the picture. Trailer Camp is the brainchild of renowned archivist Jenni Olson. It is her genius and dedication that have painstakingly collected the very best (or worst) coming-attractions trailers. Wild, huh? On one level, Trailer Camp is simply hilarious; on another, it can’t help but be a fascinating study of where our collective minds were, or better yet, where the marketing machines thought our minds were, at some precise points in cinematic history.

We are happy to present the U.S. premiere of Trailer Camp and welcome Jenni, who has taken time off from working on her new book and latest collection effort of African-American trailers, Afro Promo, to share some of her wacky treasures. The midnight young-uns will score some valuable video-rental picks to last the next couple of months, and you B-film aficionados should expect a tidal wave of nostalgia. (I was taken back to a drive-in theater in central California.)For anyone who can’t get enough films in Park City, my prescription is this: Before going to bed, come take a few of these tiny time capsules. You’ll feel better in the morning.

— John Cooper

Screening Details


As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]