|This includes three reels of early experiments by John Anderson, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who has made dozens of documentary programs about musicians, including Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Kanye West, Elvis Costello, and many more. Chicagoans will be excited to learn he edited the hit “Super Bowl Shuffle” video for the ’85 Bears! His most recent film, produced with Starr Sutherland, is “Sam Lay in Bluesland,” a documentary feature about the legendary blues drummer and 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee featuring James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop and Iggy Pop.
In recent years, John has also been known around Chicago for his “From the Cutting Room Floor” presentations at CIMMFest, where he opens up his vault of unused and completely unseen footage shot for his documentaries. Media Burn believes deeply in the incredible historical and cultural value of “camera original” footage, and we are one of the only moving image archives in the world that is so committed to preserving and presenting these historical documents alongside completed programs.
Please enjoy these newly recovered videos that are documents of an artist’s excitement at the potential of videotape in its infancy, and the beginning of an important career.