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  • Our stories matter now more than ever

    Our stories matter now more than ever

    Dear friend, Like many of you, we at Media Burn have been reeling from the results of the election. On the morning of November 9, after very little sleep and with a growing sense of anxiety, I boarded a plane to Pittsburgh for the annual Association of Moving Image Archivists conference. My colleagues and I began as walking zombies, in utter disbelief that after this earth-shattering election we were about to spend four days discussing archival methodologies. Out of all … Continue reading

  • Hard Hitting Pioneer Of “No Nonsense” Journalism Gwen Ifill Dies At The Age Of 61

    Hard Hitting Pioneer Of “No Nonsense” Journalism Gwen Ifill Dies At The Age Of 61

    Gwen Ifill was the daughter of Caribbean immigrants and grew up during the tumultuous 1960s. Recollecting on that charged socio-political atmosphere she said, “I was very conscious of the world being this very crazed place that demanded explanation,” in a 2011 interview with the Archive of American Television.  She went on to become a member of the very exclusive club of mainstream journalism. Ifill worked at the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC and PBS. Beginning in 2013, she was … Continue reading

  • Money Man Monument: “A permanent tribute to the American way”

    Money Man Monument: “A permanent tribute to the American way”

    We thought it might be an appropriate day to revisit “Money Man Monument,” an over-the-top satirical video conceived by artist Doug Michels (1943-2003). Michels proposed the installation of a 23-foot-tall Money Man on the National Mall alongside memorials to American icons like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, calling it “a permanent tribute to green power and the American way.” The performer is our friend Tony Judge. Camera by long-time Media Burn collaborator, producer/director Joe Angio.

  • What’s Uptown: a View from the Street

    What’s Uptown: a View from the Street

    The Uptown community of Chicago has long been one of its most diverse. It has been populated by Appalachian migrants, Native Americans, Asian immigrants, African-Americans, and members of the LGBT community. For decades, it has been a hotbed for community organizers. What’s Uptown? was produced in the mid-1970s by Marcie Telander and Terry Moyemont in the emerging style of portable video journalism. This 28-minute video was shown on the independent film and video showcase Image Union. We are proud to … Continue reading

  • Bill Veeck: “There isn’t going to be room for us bums.”

    Bill Veeck: “There isn’t going to be room for us bums.”

    Last night, the Cubs won Game 5 of the World Series, and will return to Cleveland on Tuesday. Over the last three games at Wrigley Field, tens of thousands of people descended on the Lakeview neighborhood, many of them for the first time. In this clip, bleacher regular Bill Veeck, who probably went to more than forty games in 1984, pokes fun at the fancy newcomers who showed up only for the postseason. This video was shot for a Time … Continue reading

  • Will the Cubs finally grant Bill Murray’s 1984 wish?

    Will the Cubs finally grant Bill Murray’s 1984 wish?

    “The World Series… that’s what I really was shooting for.” Tonight the Cubs and Cleveland Indians will play game three of the World Series at Wrigley Field. They will be joined by Cubs superfan Bill Murray, who will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Murray has been a fixture of the 7th inning stretch for years. However, when he appeared on Time Out while the Cubs were in the National League playoffs in 1984, he had other ambitions. Will … Continue reading

  • Farewell to the Ultimate Cool Gent, Herb Kent

    Farewell to the Ultimate Cool Gent, Herb Kent

    Renowned giant of Chicago radio and larger than life personality Herb Kent died last Saturday, October 22, at the age of 88. Known as the “mayor of Bronzeville,” he grew up in the Ida B. Wells housing project and attended Hyde Park High School. Arguably, Kent‘s most influential position was from 1962 to 1970 at Chicago’s WVON. The station was and is an integral part of Chicago’s black community. Kent kept his thumb on the pulse of the community and was a … Continue reading

  • Tour Media Burn on Friday, October 7

    Tour Media Burn on Friday, October 7

    Go behind the scenes at Media Burn on Friday, October 7th as part of Chicago Open Archives Do you enjoy going behind-the-scenes to places the public is not normally allowed? Do you ever wonder what on earth we do all day at Media Burn? Now’s your chance to find out! Over thirty local archives, research centers, and cultural institutions in the Chicago area will offer special events open to members of the public on October 6-8, 2016.This year’s Chicago Open … Continue reading