Farmers protest at the Chicago Board of Trade

It’s not obvious from the outside, but the videotapes sitting in your closets, attic, and basement are quietly deteriorating inside their cassettes. The time when programs shot on 1/2″, U-matic, and Hi-8mm are totally unrecoverable is coming much sooner than you’d probably expect.

Every day, Media Burn works against the clock to restore and transfer the diverse body of work created on videotape so that these programs can live on and be seen by people around the world.


We recently transferred some interesting U-matic videotapes by Chicago-based filmmaker Phil Ranstrom.

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His short documentary “Reclaiming America” aired on Image Union in 1985. It shows farmers protesting at the Chicago Board of Trade over speculation in the agricultural markets, a topic which certainly has equal relevance today.

As always, you can watch the full 20-minute program at Media Burn.


1 Comment

  1. james says:

    Hi i need help with finding information on between 250 to 350 umatic tapes i found in a loft dating from 1972 to 1978, with titles including films,music and tv shows. as there was no player i can’t see what is on them. one more thing have you ever heard of ”star trek the war of the living microbe” as that’s one of them.

    thanks james

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