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  • Make a big impact on Media Burn artists project

    Make a big impact on Media Burn artists project

    We’re thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts has finalized their commitment to Media Burn of $15,000 through the Art Works program. Art Works supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. As part of our project, we have selected two Artists-in-Residence for 2018: Nancy Buchanan is a video artist who helped produce the LA-based Message … Continue reading

  • Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries: May 16

    Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries: May 16

    CHICAGO CROSSINGS: BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES Documentary screening & panel discussion Wednesday, May 16th @ 6:30pm Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater 78 E. Washington Street FREE and open to the public. Total event runtime: 40 minutes of video + 30-45 minutes discussion. Othello Anderson, Gerda Meyer Bernstein, and Gordon Quinn in person! Pentimenti Productions, Media Burn Archive and Kartemquin Films, in collaboration with Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, DuSable Museum of African American History, and the City of … Continue reading

 

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  • 2018 Derby-Winning Jockey Mike Smith on His First Win in 2005

    2018 Derby-Winning Jockey Mike Smith on His First Win in 2005

    Hall of Famer Mike Smith won his second Kentucky Derby last Saturday (5/5/18). He rode Justify, still undefeated in four career races. Smith, now 52, earned $124,000 for the two-minute race. He got his first Derby win in 2005, aboard Giacomo, a 50-1 long shot. Thoroughbred Kentucky filmmakers Eleanor Bingham Miller and Bruce Skinner featured Mike Smith (below) in Thunder and Reins, their 47-minute 2007 documentary about and with Derby-winning jockeys. The full documentary is now exclusively viewable at mediaburn.org. … Continue reading

  • 2018 Derby-Winning Jockey Mike Smith on His First Win in 2005

    2018 Derby-Winning Jockey Mike Smith on His First Win in 2005

    Hall of Famer Mike Smith won his second Kentucky Derby last Saturday (5/5/18). He rode Justify, still undefeated in four career races. Smith, now 52, earned $124,000 for the two-minute race. He got his first Derby win in 2005, aboard Giacomo, a 50-1 long shot. Thoroughbred Kentucky filmmakers Eleanor Bingham Miller and Bruce Skinner featured Mike Smith (below) in Thunder and Reins, their 47-minute 2007 documentary about and with Derby-winning jockeys. The full documentary is now exclusively viewable at mediaburn.org. … Continue reading

  • Thunder and Reins

    What does it take to be a Kentucky Derby winning jockey? From zero to 35 mph in a matter of seconds! Experience the strength, stamina, and courage it takes as each jockey guides you through wining the Kentucky Derby aboard a Thoroughbred racehorse full of heart. Seven world-class jockeys relive the most thrilling ride of their lives, describing how they use their entire bodies and the power of the reins to become champions in their finest hour. Seasoned racing writers Joe Drape and Billy Reed explain the complexities of a jockey’s job–the cunning and foresight that make Kentucky Derby jockeys some of the toughest, most competitive athletes in all of sports. Jockeys’ wives Rita Santos and Sheila Day share what it means to live with horse racing’s constant dangers and monumental successes. Trainers John Ward, Carl Nafzger, and John Sadler explain how they choose a jockey with the intelligence and skill needed to bring their Thoroughbred first under the wire at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. Continue reading

  • Thunder and Reins: Kentucky Derby Jockeys

    Thunder and Reins: Kentucky Derby Jockeys

    Tomorrow, May 5th, is Derby Day, the 144th annual running of Kentucky Derby.  “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” is always the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The Derby boasts the highest attendance of any stakes race in North America (~200,000).  The winner’s purse is $2 million, and more than $210 million is legally wagered on the race around the world. Many fans and participants overlook the importance of the jockey in winning the Derby. … Continue reading

  • Remembering Tony Schwartz

    Remembering Tony Schwartz

    Tony Schwartz, audio pioneer, media theorist and known as “The Wizard of Sound” died ten years ago. Tony created more than 20,000 radio and television spots for products, political candidates and non-profit public interest groups. His sound design work was the first to record on-the-street voices on records and commercials, establishing the importance of the audio imagery to influence audiences.  One of his main causes was to eliminate advertising of cigarettes on TV and radio aimed at children.  He contributed directly … Continue reading

  • 2018 Media Burn artists in residence: Nancy Buchanan and Barry Dolins

    2018 Media Burn artists in residence: Nancy Buchanan and Barry Dolins

    Nancy Buchanan: Message to the Grassroots tv program Message to the Grassroots was a live cable access program focused on police violence and urban community organizing. It aired from 1988 to 1998, and was produced in Pasadena, CA by Michael Zinzun. Zinzun (1946-2006), was a former Black Panther, tireless community organizer, and architect of the 1992 Watts gang truce. Buchanan, a Los Angeles artist who uses various media to bring social realities into view, acted as Associate Producer, camera person, … Continue reading

  • Chicago Home Video Day will celebrate the mundane, eclectic, and downright weird videos shot by everyday people in the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

    Chicago Home Video Day will celebrate the mundane, eclectic, and downright weird videos shot by everyday people in the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

    Home Video Day 2018 Nightingale Cinema 1084 N. Milwaukee April 7, 2018 1-5pm, stop by any time, BYOB and/or BYO-tape Free, with snacks! https://www.facebook.com/events/165646524232387/ http://nightingalecinema.org/nightingale-10/ Home Video Day was covered by Nina Metz in the Chicago Tribune, and was recommended as one of the top ten things to do this weekend by Chicago Tonight! Get in the mood by watching this short documentary by Taylor Price which celebrates the history of amateur videotape. At Home Video Day you will have … Continue reading

  • Don’t miss Chicago Home Video Day!

    Don’t miss Chicago Home Video Day!

    Home Video Day 2018 will feature an offbeat selection of home videos shot by regular people, ranging from the 1980s to the early 2000s. A team of Chicago-based archivists has compiled a program of birthdays, pageants, parties, holidays, weddings, local sports, and other everyday ephemera from the golden era of consumer videotape.   In addition to the planned program, audience members are invited to bring their own tapes to be projected that same day. Whether you bring your own videos … Continue reading