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  • “I won’t pay taxes for killing…”

    “I won’t pay taxes for killing…”

    As April 15 approaches, some people will write their checks feeling as if the money they pay will be spent by the government to pay for things that directly contradict their beliefs. This tax week’s videos were originally part of THE 90’s TV series, seen on TV in 1991 and 1992. The first segment is about a Massachusetts couple who file their tax returns, but give the money to charities—for disabled veterans and for local needs. The husband is serving … Continue reading

  • Frankie Knuckles brought a Chicago sound to the world

    Frankie Knuckles brought a Chicago sound to the world

    A pioneering legend of Chicago house music has died. Here’s a short excerpt from Greg Kot’s excellent obituary in the Chicago Tribune: Frankie Knuckles, who died Monday at age 59 in Chicago, was not just the “godfather” of Chicago house music. He was a pioneer in the way he cultivated a culture, a sound and a community around dance music that decades later encompasses the world. Now DJs such as Skrillex, Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Afrojack can fill stadiums internationally as … Continue reading

  • House Music in Chicago

    House Music in Chicago

    Opening night at the Power House in October 1986 featuring Frankie Knuckles and J.M. Silk. Continue reading

  • [The 90's raw: Hustlin' Scrap]

    [The 90's raw: Hustlin' Scrap]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90′s. “Hustlin’ Scrap.” Joe Cummings goes to a scrap metal yard to interview the men who roam Chicago’s alleys collecting scraps to return for cash. After leaving the lot, Cummings drives around River North and Downtown and talks about life in Chicago. Continue reading

  • Burning Man – Just Add Couches

    Burning Man – Just Add Couches

    Four friends return to the Burning Man festival to participate, building The Couch Potato Camp, a desert oasis for watching television and sitting on couches. For programming, the Couch Potatoes build a Minute of Fame Booth for festival participants to record themselves on video, to be shown at nightly screenings. Filmed at the 1996 Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada by Joe Winston. This film is a sequel and companion piece to a film Joe shot … Continue reading

  • Burning Man Festival 1995

    Burning Man Festival 1995

    A documentary film about America’s largest countercultural event, held annually in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Participants bring their own food, water and shelter and create a temporary community with very few rules or boundaries. The festival culminates in the burning of a 40-foot tall human effigy, known simply as “the Man.” What’s the point? Is this just indulgence or does it have a deeper meaning? Many who attend are not sure themselves, calling it “a rainbow gathering for … Continue reading

  • [MIA Vietnam veterans - Laureen Finley - Steve Binder]

    [MIA Vietnam veterans - Laureen Finley - Steve Binder]

    This video shows three different interviews. The first is with a street artist who is painting a mural in honor of the MIA veterans of the Vietnam War in order to attract support to find them. The second is with a woman named Laureen Finley who talks about reproductive rights, selective sterilization, and injustice in universal health care systems in the UK in the ’60s. The final interview is with Steve Binder, who directed/produced the Elvis’ 68 Comeback Special as well as the Petula Clark and Star Wars Holiday Specials, talks about his experiences with Elvis while making the 1968 special. Continue reading

  • Ted Hayes & Justine Nille

    Ted Hayes & Justine Nille

    This video shows an extremely long interview with the director of Home for the Homeless in Los Angeles. Despite his organization he seems more interested with the problem of racism. Continue reading