Help us keep saving these special videos in 2013

Dear Friend of Media Burn:

We are writing because we know that you share our enthusiasm for preserving and distributing one of the most important collections of historical documentaries anywhere. 

Media Burn needs you to make a tax-deductible contribution now:

http://www.mediaburn.org/donate

Today we are announcing a new honor: Media Burn has been awarded an 18 month, $87,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a program of the National Archives. The grant is contingent upon our ability to raise a 1-1 funding match. It will allow us to restore and digitize 450 videotapes from four exciting collections:

  • Chicago Slices, a quirky and intimate look at people and places in Chicagoland produced in 1993 and 1994;
  • THE 90′s, our award-winning PBS independent producer series that spanned the globe during a time of major world changes (1989-1992);
  • several decades of irreplaceable video with Bill Veeck, the beloved Chicago baseball entrepreneur; and
  • historically critical footage of Cabrini-Green residents in the late-90′s produced by Ronit Bezalel for her documentary Voices of Cabrini.

Watch this video for a sneak peak at the collections we’ll be working with for the next year. As with all of the historical preservation we’ve done over the last nine years, we’re sure that we will unearth some remarkable video moments.

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation has generously agreed to provide a grant that fulfills part of the matching requirement, but we urgently need additional support from you to be able to complete this project successfully and fulfill our federally required 1-1 funding match.

You are an essential part of the work we do. Please help make it possible to provide people around the world with access to historical documentaries that educate and inspire.

Make your tax-deductible contribution now at:

http://www.mediaburn.org/donate

Thanks for your ongoing support,

Tom Weinberg and Sara Chapman
and the staff of Media Burn

photo by Rich Cahan

 

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