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  • Celebrating Nelson Algren’s 106th Birthday

    Saturday marks the 106th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Algren (1909–1981), a writer beloved for his works which often captured Chicago’s grittier underbelly, most notably in The Man With the Golden Arm (1949) and the essay Chicago, City on the Make (1951). His impact went far beyond Chicago, though, and he was respected and read across the globe, perhaps most devotedly in Europe.Although he later moved to Paterson, New Jersey, his love for the down-and-out in Chicago has nonetheless … Continue reading

  • New collection of video art and documentary by Julia Lesage

    New collection of video art and documentary by Julia Lesage

    We’re excited to announce that we have recently acquired and preserved a collection of tapes by videomaker and University of Oregon professor Julia Lesage. This is our first bilingual collection, with most of the tapes available in both Spanish and English. Most of the tapes were shot in Nicaragua during the 1980s, and often focused on how the Sandinista government brought rapid change to the lives of women in the region. The collection also includes two English-only tapes produced at … Continue reading

  • Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good To Me: The Minnie Minoso Story

    Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good To Me: The Minnie Minoso Story

    For one week only! Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story from MediaBurnArchive on Vimeo.

  • Chicago’s South Side, election day 1992 with Andrew Jones

    Chicago’s South Side, election day 1992 with Andrew Jones

    Chicago’s mayoral and aldermanic elections were this Tuesday. Now, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his leading opponent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, prepare for a runoff election, we thought we’d share some footage from Andrew P Jones, shot on Chicago’s South Side during The 90’s Election Special coverage.Although a native Bostonian, Andrew was a devoted and inquisitive correspondent, with a particular passion for black politics in the US. He spent most of election day talking with voters, election judges, and campaign staff … Continue reading

  • Rescheduled! When Harold Washington Beat the Machine, February 15 @ 4 PM

    As the 2015 Chicago mayoral election approaches, pitting a seemingly unbeatable incumbent against a variety of underdog challengers, join us and our partners at the Black Cinema House for a look at another mayoral election, more than thirty years ago: Harold Washington’s improbable election to become the first African American mayor of Chicago. Three rarely screened films about that election and Washington’s brief tenure as mayor explore the role of racism and entrenched Democratic machine power in that historic era.In … Continue reading

  • Remembering Andrew Patner

    Remembering Andrew Patner

    Andrew Patner died suddenly last Tuesday, February 3. He was 55.Andrew had become an old-style Chicago icon, a 21st century version of his dear friend and mentor, Studs Terkel. In this video, produced at the University of Chicago during an Alumni Association event, we get a glimpse of Andrew and Studs together in 2004. After Studs died, Andrew thought it was important that this video be part of Media Burn’s permanent Terkel collection, saying, “It is one of the only … Continue reading

  • POSTPONED: Remembering Harold Washington

    POSTPONED: Remembering Harold Washington

    Due to inclement weather, today’s screening of “Remembering Harold Washington” at Black Cinema House has been postponed. We’ll send an update when we have a new date. In the meantime, Skippy the snowball has tips on being safe and avoiding tickets during Chicago snowstorms.

  • Mr. Cubs’ Last Stand

    Mr. Cubs’ Last Stand

    On February 16, 1986, the Cubs and Mets revived the 1969 season to play an exhibition series in Arizona. Ernie Banks was 54. This video is probably Banks’ last hit and last putout in any game. It’s an excellent example of the kind of video we have produced over the years. Shot on the field with Ernie on a radio mic, it’s a contrast to what’s been seen on “regular” TV. Enjoy. Check out more on Ernie and the Cubs … Continue reading