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  • In Your Interest: Mike Gray

    In Your Interest: Mike Gray

    Author and documentary filmmaker Mike Gray speaks at a public forum in Bloomington Indiana entitled “The Hidden Casualties of the War on Drugs,” recorded on a program called “In Your Interest” on WIPX Channel 63, Trafalgar, IN. He touches upon topics brought up in his book “Drug Crazy.” Continue reading

  • Five day bicycle race, part 5

    Five day bicycle race, part 5

    A documentary made at and about the 1976 Democratic National Convention in New York City, which was produced as a live 3-hour cablecast for five days during the convention. It was subsequently broadcast on WTTW and other PBS stations. It chronicles the events on in and around the convention, and includes interviews with various delegates, politicians, members of the media, and people connected to Jimmy Carter, including Rosalynn Carter and Jeff Carter (Jimmy’s son). It also includes footage from the convention floor, and demonstrators outside the convention, led by Ron Kovic. Continue reading

  • Five day bicycle race, part 3

    Five day bicycle race, part 3

    A documentary made at and about the 1976 Democratic National Convention in New York City, which was produced as a live 3-hour cablecast for five days during the convention. It was subsequently broadcast on WTTW and other PBS stations. It chronicles the events on in and around the convention, and includes interviews with various delegates, politicians, members of the media, and people connected to Jimmy Carter, including Rosalynn Carter and Jeff Carter (Jimmy’s son). It also includes footage from the convention floor, and demonstrators outside the convention, led by Ron Kovic. 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

  • Five day bicycle race, part 1

    Five day bicycle race, part 1

    Highlights from a documentary made at and about the 1976 Democratic National Convention in New York City, which was produced as a live 3-hour cablecast for five days during the convention. It was subsequently broadcast on WTTW and other PBS stations. It chronicles the events on in and around the convention, and includes interviews with various delegates, politicians, members of the media, and people connected to Jimmy Carter, including Rosalynn Carter and Jeff Carter (Jimmy’s son). It also includes footage from the convention floor, and demonstrators outside the convention, led by Ron Kovic. 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