Recent Media Burn Archive blogs

  • The Cuba Caravan: Defying the U.S. Trade Embargo (1993)

    The Cuba Caravan: Defying the U.S. Trade Embargo (1993)

    Last week, the U.S. and Cuba formally resumed diplomatic relations after 54 years of animosity. This step is likely to lead to the end of the trade embargo and travel ban that have been in place for half a century. In this 1993 video, a group of activists from Chicago organize a “Cuba Caravan” to take supplies to Cuba in direct violation of the U.S. trade embargo, at a risk of ten year prison sentences. This footage was shot for … Continue reading

  • International Videoletters, 1975: Recently discovered rare tapes from feminist video network

    International Videoletters, 1975: Recently discovered rare tapes from feminist video network

    We want to share two exciting early tapes from the collection of Kartemquin Films that we were able to transfer through the support of the Bay Area Video Coalition. Kartemquin Films is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. We’ve been working together over the last few years to preserve and digitize materials from KTQ’s incredibly historically significant archive of almost 50 years of work. The videos came from a … Continue reading

 

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  • We Are Columbine: Director’s Statement

    We Are Columbine: Director’s Statement

    A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR LAURA FARBER: ALMOST HALFWAY THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN! Thank you so much to the folks that have contributed! We now have over $4.5K, putting us at 3%. This may seem like a drop in the bucket…A gentle reminder that we keep the money raised, so EVERY penny contributed truly DOES count towards finishing this film. Contribute here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-are-columbine-documentary-film From the Director from Lioness Productions on Vimeo.

  • For Cryin’ Out Loud: On the Floor of the Chicago Board of Trade

    For Cryin’ Out Loud: On the Floor of the Chicago Board of Trade

    Today marks the end of an era for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade (CME merged with CBOT in 2007). For more than 160 years, the open outcry pits were a raucous and noisy place where people in colorful jackets jockeyed and shouted orders for commodities like corn, cattle, and pork bellies. Today, 99% of trading volume occurs electronically and all but one of the futures pits have been closed. During its heyday, the noise on … Continue reading

  • We Are Columbine: Help Finish The Film

    We Are Columbine: Help Finish The Film

    Personal Note from Tom Weinberg: I’ve known Laura Farber since she was in her first film class at Columbia College Chicago in 2002.I was her teacher in a course about writing your personal documentary story and crafting a proposal with the help of the class and instructor.When Laura told about being at Columbine High School the day of the shootings, and what she went through that day and ever since, it became clear that it was a documentary story that … Continue reading

  • Love Wins: Studs Terkel celebrates a remarkable family

    Love Wins: Studs Terkel celebrates a remarkable family

    Today, nation-wide marriage equality was achieved through a historic decision by the US Supreme Court. The ruling is the culmination of decades of activism, and is an important moment for human rights, especially for the couples and families directly affected all across the country. In celebration, we’d like to share this video of Studs telling the story of two women who fell in love under almost unbelievable circumstances.

  • IT’S THE 90’s AGAIN! The most innovative TV of our time, livestreaming 24/7 all week

    IT’S THE 90’s AGAIN! The most innovative TV of our time, livestreaming 24/7 all week

    The livestream is happening here: http://www.acretv.org/ Each episode will play 3-4 times on its designated day. Check out the schedule and rundowns for each day below: June 22: Pilot and Episodes 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 June 23: Episodes 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113 June 24: Episodes 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207 June 25: Episodes 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215 June 26: Episodes 216, 217, 218, 219, 301, 302, 303, 304 June … Continue reading

  • A musical tribute to the enigmatic Marilyn Monroe

    A musical tribute to the enigmatic Marilyn Monroe

    This weekend, Lifetime will be showing the two-part miniseries The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, whose celebrity continues to fascinate long after her tragic death in the summer of 1962. In 1988, Phoebe Legere, a performance artist with classical music training at the prestigious Julliard School, composed a song in tribute to her enigmatic idol. The music video, which we present below, was featured on an episode of Image Union and is now preserved in our archive. You can also … Continue reading

  • Sharing a hot dog with Tony Fitzpatrick: “You can tell a real pervert when they put ketchup on a hot dog!”

    Sharing a hot dog with Tony Fitzpatrick: “You can tell a real pervert when they put ketchup on a hot dog!”

    There are few things as Chicago as the Chicago-style hot dog, and now that Memorial Day weekend is on its way, Chicagoans are going to be eating a whole lot more of the distinctive menu item. Everyone has a favorite spot, and in this video from sometime around 1990, multimedia artist and character extraordinaire Tony Fitzpatrick takes us downtown to show us his favorite Chicago hot dog joint. Joined by his friend Marcus Casa Madrid and videomaker Joe Angio, Fitzpatrick … Continue reading

  • May 18: Media Burn at Live to Tape Artists Television Festival

    May 18: Media Burn at Live to Tape Artists Television Festival

    Live to Tape is a week-long celebration of artist television performances and screenings curated by Jesse Malmed. From May 18th to 24th, the festival will showcase video and performance works by more than sixty artists-spanning four decades-that take television as object, as concept, as antagonist, as material, as form, as inspiration. We’re honored to have been invited to present a video as part of the “Aesthletics” program on Monday May 18. DETAILS: WHAT: LIVE TO TAPE ARTIST TELEVISION FESTIVAL: AESTHLETICS … Continue reading