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  • Never before seen Prince profile from 1984

    Never before seen Prince profile from 1984

    Prince, superstar singer, songwriter, and producer, died yesterday, April 21. We just unearthed and uploaded a never before seen profile of Prince from 1984 from a TV pilot called Rocker. The hosts of the show are Chicago radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier and TV personality Paula Yates. It was produced just after the release of Purple Rain. The video has never been broadcast or seen in 32 years.

  • An independent perspective on Trump’s “postponed” rally in Chicago

    An independent perspective on Trump’s “postponed” rally in Chicago

    The New York Republican and Democratic primaries are tomorrow (April 19). No doubt, Donald J. Trump has been the most surprising and controversial candidate in 2016. Trump, a television star, and his relationship to media are historically significant, regardless of how one feels about him or his candidacy. He has more Republican delegates, has spent more of his own money, and had far more media coverage than any other presidential candidate. Trump’s Chicago rally in early March brought out hundreds of … Continue reading

  • Opening Day: Bill Veeck’s Signs of Spring

    Opening Day: Bill Veeck’s Signs of Spring

    “I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.” —Bill Veeck It’s opening day at Wrigley Field and the Cubs will play the first game of their 100th season at Wrigley. To celebrate we have a video of legendary baseball owner Bill Veeck in the stands at Wrigley on opening day 1985. As a fan and an owner Bill Veeck offered a … Continue reading

  • The Purpose and Power of Video

    The Purpose and Power of Video

    Founded in 1985, Videomaker Magazine became the first magazine for non-professional video camera users. Beginning as a bi-monthly publication, Videomakerstrove to make the process accessible, including a beginner’s guide for users and cataloging the video cameras available at the time. Videomaker Inc. has since grown into the #1 national consumer magazine for video enthusiasts and continues to empower people to make video through an increasing variety of educational platforms. Matt York is the founder of Videomaker and has been ahead … Continue reading

  • Hate Mail: Lost documentary saved

    Hate Mail: Lost documentary saved

    Earlier this month, we got a nod from the Dallas Morning News for our recent digitization and ongoing preservation of “Hate Mail,” a 1992 documentary on racism produced by Mark Birnbaum and Bart Weiss that has been unavailable to the wider public for most of its life. The documentary gets its name from the spiteful missive sent to Bob Ray Sanders, a black talk radio host on an otherwise predominantly white radio station in Dallas, TX. Birnbaum and Weiss interviewed … Continue reading

  • Tonight at 7pm! Join Scrappers, Truthout.org, and Media Burn at the Music Box for Rights Lab: Can I record the police?

    Tonight at 7pm! Join Scrappers, Truthout.org, and Media Burn at the Music Box for Rights Lab: Can I record the police?

    Where: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL When: Monday, March 21, 2016 — 7:00 pm Admission: Free Filming police is legal in all 50 states – but numerous people have been arrested while doing so. The third episode of Rights Lab, a cross-genre web series using cinema verite techniques to explore the most pressing civil liberties questions of our day, explains the discrepancy between the law and what happens on the ground, with the help of performance … Continue reading

  • Dyeing the River Green

    Dyeing the River Green

    In Chicago, it has been a tradition since the first Mayor Daley to dye the Chicago River green for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. In 1992, videomaker Patrick Creadon, shooting for The 90’s, went downtown at 2:30 a.m. to cover the preparation for the parade and to talk with the guys from Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union #110 about this tradition. The footage didn’t make it on the show, but decades later, we pulled it out of the archive and … Continue reading

  • Seventeen years old. Sixteen gunshots. Thirteen months before a murder charge.

    Seventeen years old. Sixteen gunshots. Thirteen months before a murder charge.

    Voters in Cook County, Illinois, will go to the polls in the state’s primary tomorrow and will pick a candidate to run for Cook County State’s Attorney. The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as many prominent Democrats, have endorsed candidate Kim Foxx over incumbent Anita Alvarez. All have citied Alvarez’s slow handing of the Laquan McDonald case. 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. Alvarez took over … Continue reading