• It’s a Living: The Unemployment Line

    It’s a Living: The Unemployment Line

    Part of the “It’s a Living” series created by Videopolis based on Studs Terkel’s book Working, which focuses on workers in Chicago. This tape is the record of a single hour at the state unemployment compensation office in Logan Square on the city’s northwest side. People in the line talk about what it’s like to be out of work as they deal with bureaucratic entanglements of their cases. As the program progresses, a family finally receives the check they needed to survive–after eight attempts. Continue reading

     
  • The 90′s, episode 213: Fun And Games

    The 90′s, episode 213: Fun And Games

    Episode 213 of the award-winning series The 90′s. This episode is called “FUN AND GAMES” and features the following segments: Continue reading

     
  • Chicago Slices, episode 9311

    Chicago Slices, episode 9311

    Episode 9311 of the show featuring everyday Chicagoans. Continue reading

     
  • L.A. Riots

    L.A. Riots

    Andrew Jones goes to Los Angeles in the aftermath of the riots of 1992. He speaks with many people about the racial issues that sparked this uprising–the feeling that blacks and Latinos had been systematically discriminated against in their own neighborhoods for years. The main complaint is that stores in their neighborhoods were owned by whites and Koreans and they were overcharged for all services and products. Much of the tension appears to be between the blacks/Latinos and the Korean shop owners. Another interesting feature of the tape is the discussion of the differing motives between rioters and looters and between the actions in different parts of the city. For example, in some areas, only specific businesses, those that were seen as longtime oppressors, were targeted. A man shows footage from his camcorder of the looting, and notes that all of the looters were white, and all were smiling. Clearly, the situation in Los Angeles was far from simple. This tape is a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of the time period. Continue reading

     
  • Lord Of The Universe

    Lord Of The Universe

    Produced by video pioneers TVTV, this video won the prestigious Columbia-duPont award for documentaries. It explores the mystery of Guru Maharaj Ji, the sixteen-year-old leader of a cult-like new age group, the Divine Light Mission (DLM), known to his followers as “The Lord of the Universe.” The video investigates the Guru’s opulent living conditions and the secrecy surrounding his teachings, as well as portraying the dissolution of the 1960s counterculture towards the close of the Vietnam War. It chronicles a gathering of his followers at Houston’s Astrodome in 1974 as they wait for its promised levitation, and features interviews with devotee Rennie Davis and skeptic Abbie Hoffman. Continue reading

     
  • Image Union, episode 0006

    Image Union, episode 0006

    For this episode, Image Union took an adventure trip into unexplored television territory. With home computer, video system and related technology as topics, the program went away from its original structure and produced a thirty-minute-clip that is repeated twice. Processed video is combined with real life acting television. Computer games take turns with shots in a Mexican landscape, studio production with graphic animations. They show the variety of art forms in television. Continue reading

     
 

Recent Media Burn Archive blogs

  • Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman talks about his reputation as an “enfant terrible”

    Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman talks about his reputation as an “enfant terrible”

    Stanley Tigerman’s work can be seen all over the city of Chicago, and in various locations across the globe, but right now his work is also on display at the Art Institute of Chicago’s “Architecture to Scale” exhibit. Tigerman, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects Chicago last October, designed such buildings as the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. However, he might be even better … Continue reading

  • Nixon resigns, August 8, 1974

    Nixon resigns, August 8, 1974

    Forty years ago today, Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States. Millions tuned in to his televised address to see what Nixon had to say about his presidency and his reasons for resigning. What they didn’t see was the seven minutes of the television pool feed before Nixon went live. It’s a fascinating counterpoint to the gravity of the event and a unique look at Nixon’s mindset at this defining moment of his career. The video also includes … Continue reading

 

newest videos

  • Libertarian Sci-Fi: Tape 2

    00:00 Short scenes from “World Science Fiction”, a libertarian-themed sci fi pageant put on at the Libertarian National Convention. 17:25 Don Ernsberger, a member of the Libertarian National Committee, talks to Bill Stamets about the significance of the convention being broadcast on CSPAN for the first time. “Personally, I see the next ten years to be a period of time where the Libertarian party catches on with the American people.” 19:53 Ernsberger explains how American politics favors a two-party model. … Continue reading

  • Joan Jett Blakk: Queer Nation’s Candidate for President, 1992

    01:41 Joan Jett Blakk introduces herself to the camera. “We started this campaign by running for mayor of Chicag0. Since there were no other queer candidates, I won!” 03:24 “We had the New Deal president, we had the Great Society president…I’m going to be the Beauty president.” 05:22 “The whole government is such a closed-shop affair…everyone has a voice, when I get elected.” 06:08 Jett Blakk talks about party-line politicians. “Republicans and Democrats–I think they’re all the same, myself. That’s … Continue reading

  • [Lamar Alexander, Phil Gramm campaign raw]

    00:00 Volunteers set up a breakfast buffet for campaign supporters. Reporters interview a man in line about changes to the Iowa Caucus. 02:01 Press conference with Lamar Alexander. Alexander puts on an apron and serves breakfast to supporters. 04:52 Alexander addresses supporters and talks about the importance of the Iowa Caucus amid the controversy of shifting primary dates. “There’s a little sideshow going on down in Louisiana today, which is nothing more than a media event which is designed to … Continue reading

  • El Crucero

    00:08 Opening credits. 01:29 The first segment, “Reyna Flores”, begins. She explains that she began working on a farm at age 22, when her mother passed away. She built a house for herself and her child out of materials from demolished buildings on the farm. 04:05 “Now I’m a little better off because my man and I work together,” Flores says. “If I just sat around at home depending on a man’s salary, I could never make it. We’d have … Continue reading

  • Con Man

    01:08 The man asks onlookers to point out which shell is hiding the ball. “Grown folks, now, not young folks. If you ain’t 18 or over I can’t give you a bet–show me three IDs. I might make an exception if you got ten bucks.” 02:11 “It’s time to go,” the man says, having spotted the police.

  • Troubadours

    00:14 Groupo Camayoc sings a patriotic song over views of rural Nicaragua. 02:42 One member explains the group’s origins in 1981. “We tried to reflect our military experiences in song, so that people would understand what the recruits have been going through. Our songs try to convey the thousands of things that soldiers felt and faced.” At the time, the group was a “wartime cultural brigade”, which performed at the warfront and coffee harvests. After the war, the group reunited. … Continue reading

  • [Tsongas, Bush, Daley, Buchanan]

    00:00 Niki Tsongas fights her way through a crowd of reporters and supporters to hand out Bush sandwiches (“the baloney’s inside!”). 05:25 Cut to a TV production room at ABC News Chicago, where footage of an election-night speech by George H.W. Bush is playing. Production assistants work to correct the tape for broadcast as Bush implores Chicagoans to reelect him. 19:54 Richard M. Daley reports to his local polling place to cast his vote. 27:59 Stamets interviews Mayor Daley. Daley … Continue reading

  • Las Nicas

    00:29 Julia Lesage provides some background on the work that went into making this video. Lesage, along with Carole Isaacs, interviewed Nicaraguan women in 1981 and 1982 and created this script as a “dramatization and condensation” of their stories. 01:38 Kathy Lanahan, a friend of Lesage and Isaacs, talks about her motivation for getting involved in the project. “It concerns women, and the concerns of women and the affairs of women, as far as I’m concerned, are one of the … Continue reading