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  • POSTPONED: Remembering Harold Washington

    POSTPONED: Remembering Harold Washington

    Due to inclement weather, today’s screening of “Remembering Harold Washington” at Black Cinema House has been postponed. We’ll send an update when we have a new date. In the meantime, Skippy the snowball has tips on being safe and avoiding tickets during Chicago snowstorms.

  • Mr. Cubs’ Last Stand

    Mr. Cubs’ Last Stand

    On February 16, 1986, the Cubs and Mets revived the 1969 season to play an exhibition series in Arizona. Ernie Banks was 54. This video is probably Banks’ last hit and last putout in any game. It’s an excellent example of the kind of video we have produced over the years. Shot on the field with Ernie on a radio mic, it’s a contrast to what’s been seen on “regular” TV. Enjoy. Check out more on Ernie and the Cubs … Continue reading


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  • Remembering Harold Washington: Join us at Black Cinema House, February 1st, 2 PM

    Remembering Harold Washington: Join us at Black Cinema House, February 1st, 2 PM

    Harold Washington’s time in office was relatively brief, but he still continues to hold a memorable place in our political history, as the first and only elected African-American mayor of Chicago. Locals remember his thrilling potential as a reformer and the deadlock caused by the “Council Wars” as “the Eddies” (Vrdolyak and Burke) thwarted his every move in the city council. Washington died suddenly on November 25, 1987, shortly after beginning his second term in office.On February 1, South Side … Continue reading

  • A look at the early career of 2015 Golden Globe Winner Jill Soloway

    A look at the early career of 2015 Golden Globe Winner Jill Soloway

    Everybody gets started somewhere, and for a lot of comedic actors and producers, that place is and has been Chicago’s improv comedy scene. In this video, we look back at a time when Jill Soloway (creator of Transparent, which just won the 2015 Golden Globe for Best Television Musical or Comedy and writer for Grey’s Anatomy and Six Feet Under), Jane Lynch (now well known as one of the regular actors in the Christopher Guest mockumentaries and for her role on … Continue reading

  • In Your Interest: Mike Gray

    In Your Interest: Mike Gray

    Author and documentary filmmaker Mike Gray speaks at a public forum in Bloomington Indiana entitled “The Hidden Casualties of the War on Drugs,” recorded on a program called “In Your Interest” on WIPX Channel 63, Trafalgar, IN. He touches upon topics brought up in his book “Drug Crazy.” Continue reading

  • Tug Boat

    Tug Boat

    A short film about a man who has been sailing his entire life and is now passing on his knowledge. Interview audio is played over shots of crew members performing tasks on a sailing boat, and brief scenes of the sailor instructing a crew member. Continue reading

  • And This is Free

    And This is Free

    “‘And This Is Free’ is the fascinating personal vision of life around Chicago’s Maxwell Street open air market shot by award winning photographer Mike Shea [capturing] the gritty urban landscape that nurtured Chicago blues… Shot with a handheld camera in the cinema verite style… the film crew spent every weekend on Maxwell Street over a six month period… The flow of everyday details – overheard conversation, faces in the crowd, items strewn in a vendor’s stall – captivates the viewer with the power of authenticity.” The film uses the footage to illustrate a Sunday afternoon on Maxwell Street in 1964. Continue reading

  • A Look Back At A Special 2014

    A Look Back At A Special 2014

    Dear Friends: With your help, we’ve come a long way in our first decade. From a storefront full of tapes and a core group of early believers, Media Burn has become an internationally respected leader in the moving image archiving community. Our videos have been viewed more than 12 million times around the world. 2014 was our best year ever. (See below for details). We’ve been able to thrive due the generous support of funders like the National Endowment for … Continue reading

  • D.C. Mayor Marion Barry: “It’s got nothing to do with drugs.”

    D.C. Mayor Marion Barry: “It’s got nothing to do with drugs.”

    Marion Barry, former Mayor of the District of Columbia, passed away last week. Elected in 1979, he was the first civil rights leader to become mayor of a major US city. He was well-loved by many of D.C.’s residents, earning the nickname “Mayor for Life.”In 1990, Barry was arrested by the FBI following a sting operation where Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine. He was ultimately convicted and served 6 months in prison. After his release, he ran for a … Continue reading

  • Echoes of Rodney King

    Echoes of Rodney King

    Last night, a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown. As protesters took to the streets, they chanted the words, “No justice, no peace”—an echo of similar protests that arose in 1992 after a jury acquitted the officers involved in the Rodney King beating. Many of the same issues and outrages that surrounded the Rodney King trial are flaring up again in response to the events in Ferguson. So today, we’re … Continue reading