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  • Filmmaker Jerry Blumenthal (1936–2014)

    Filmmaker Jerry Blumenthal (1936–2014)

    Today we mourn the loss of colleague and friend Jerry Blumenthal, a filmmaker and founding partner of Kartemquin Films, who passed away yesterday morning. We present this short video tribute from Media Burn founder Tom Weinberg, followed by highlights from some of Jerry’s early work with Kartemquin. We’ll have more on Jane Byrne later. For now, you can check out this campaign commercial, footage with Byrne on election night 1979, and Byrne’s Easter at Cabrini–Green.

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show first debuted in 1975 to mixed reviews, but it soon developed a cult following like nothing before, and very little since. Fans of Rocky Horror come dressed in character and screenings grew to include pre-screening performances and audience interaction. The film now holds the record for the longest running theatrical release, and still shows in theaters all over the country. In Chicago, the Rocky Horror cult following developed around the Biograph Theater, which picked up … Continue reading

  • “Don’t quit your day job”: Chicago’s Funny Firm in 1993

    “Don’t quit your day job”: Chicago’s Funny Firm in 1993

    Chicago has long been known as a city of comedy. It’s where improv comedy was born, and has helped start the careers of countless comedians. Of course, despite all the successes, not everyone becomes a legend. In 1993, Chicago Slices videographer Skip Blumberg visited a comedy class at the Funny Firm. Among Funny Firm’s defining features was its comedy school, where students could enroll in classes geared around developing their comedic voice. In this video, Skip talks to some of … Continue reading

  • Thanks for helping make the Video Ball a success!

    Thanks for helping make the Video Ball a success!

    It was great fun last Sunday throwing our Video Ball. Here’s a sampling of some of the excitement. We thank Free Spirit Media and Kartemquin Films for the video footage. Big thank yous to the dozens of you who helped make it happen, and to everyone who came up on the roof to show their support. And to those who couldn’t make it, we look forward to seeing you next time! You can still have an impact by making a … Continue reading

  • This Sunday: The Video Ball!

    This Sunday: The Video Ball!

    The Media Burn Video Ball is just a few days away! Now’s your last chance to get tickets at a reduced price! And remember, there’s FREE PARKING! So if you drive, you can enter the garage on southbound Wabash or westbound Randolph. Park anywhere, and take the elevators to the 10th floor. You’ll receive a validated sticker for free parking when you check in with us. On foot, just enter on Randolph and take the elevators straight to the 10th … Continue reading

  • Patrick Creadon and Tom Palazzolo salute Media Burn

    Patrick Creadon and Tom Palazzolo salute Media Burn

    We’ve been telling you a lot about why we think Media Burn is special. But don’t just take our word for it: today, you can hear from two of our favorite people. Patrick Creadon is an accomplished documentary director. He is best known today for his critically-acclaimed films Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A., but his first job out of college was for the FITV-produced series The 90’s, which he credits as helping to shape his career. Tom Palazzolo has been making offbeat … Continue reading

  • War and Peace: Gulf War Protests, 1990-91

    War and Peace: Gulf War Protests, 1990-91

    The US has once again declared war in the Middle East. To some, it may feel like history is repeating itself. We’ve gone to the archives to pull out a collection of anti-war protests from the Gulf War. These are pleas from nearly 25 years ago that still apparently remain unheeded. You can watch the full “Anti-War Tapes” episode of The 90’s or explore more of our Global Perspectives on War and Peace Collection at Media Burn. Be there for … Continue reading

  • Sneak peek at the site of the Media Burn Video Ball

    Sneak peek at the site of the Media Burn Video Ball

    Here’s the spot where you and your friends will be on September 28! WHAT: Media Burn 10th Anniversary Video Ball WHERE: rooftop/tenth floor, Wabash-Randolph parking garage (20 E. Randolph) ADMISSION: $75 advance, $100 at the door, $25 for attendees under 25. Buy your tickets today! entertainment coordinated by Paul Durica and Nick Fraccaro delicious food by Sauce and Bread Kitchen beer/wine courtesy of Haymarket Brewery and Nisei Lounge. THE HOST COMMITTEE Co-Chairs: Thea Flaum & Robert Hill * Gordon Quinn … Continue reading