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  • Journalist Elizabeth Brackett (1941-2018)

    Journalist Elizabeth Brackett (1941-2018)

    We are deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague, journalist Elizabeth Brackett. Please read the wonderful tribute by Robert Feder. In 2015, Elizabeth donated her collection of videotapes of her work to Media Burn. It is comprised of 86 tapes from 1978 to 2010. Some of our favorites are below. The first one features Elizabeth reporting on her own personal journey from aspiring Chicago politician to journalist for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on national PBS and Chicago Tonight … Continue reading

  • Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times” Painting Sells for $21.1 Million

    Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times” Painting Sells for $21.1 Million

    This May, Kerry James Marshall’s painting Past Times sold for more than $21 million, making it the most expensive artwork sold by a living African American artist. Marshall is known for his various works in different media (painting, collage, video, etc.) that portray and comment on the history of black identity in the United States and in Western artwork. Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Watts, Los Angeles when the acknowledgment of pervasive discrimination against African Americans and … Continue reading

  • Make a big impact on Media Burn artists project

    Make a big impact on Media Burn artists project

    We’re thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts has finalized their commitment to Media Burn of $15,000 through the Art Works program. Art Works supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. As part of our project, we have selected two Artists-in-Residence for 2018: Nancy Buchanan is a video artist who helped produce the LA-based Message … Continue reading

  • Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries: May 16

    Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries: May 16

    CHICAGO CROSSINGS: BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES Documentary screening & panel discussion Wednesday, May 16th @ 6:30pm Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater 78 E. Washington Street FREE and open to the public. Total event runtime: 40 minutes of video + 30-45 minutes discussion. Othello Anderson, Gerda Meyer Bernstein, and Gordon Quinn in person! Pentimenti Productions, Media Burn Archive and Kartemquin Films, in collaboration with Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, DuSable Museum of African American History, and the City of … Continue reading

  • 2018 Derby-Winning Jockey Mike Smith on His First Win in 2005

    2018 Derby-Winning Jockey Mike Smith on His First Win in 2005

    Hall of Famer Mike Smith won his second Kentucky Derby last Saturday (5/5/18). He rode Justify, still undefeated in four career races. Smith, now 52, earned $124,000 for the two-minute race. He got his first Derby win in 2005, aboard Giacomo, a 50-1 long shot. Thoroughbred Kentucky filmmakers Eleanor Bingham Miller and Bruce Skinner featured Mike Smith (below) in Thunder and Reins, their 47-minute 2007 documentary about and with Derby-winning jockeys. The full documentary is now exclusively viewable at mediaburn.org. … Continue reading

  • Thunder and Reins: Kentucky Derby Jockeys

    Thunder and Reins: Kentucky Derby Jockeys

    Tomorrow, May 5th, is Derby Day, the 144th annual running of Kentucky Derby.  “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” is always the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The Derby boasts the highest attendance of any stakes race in North America (~200,000).  The winner’s purse is $2 million, and more than $210 million is legally wagered on the race around the world. Many fans and participants overlook the importance of the jockey in winning the Derby. … Continue reading

  • Remembering Tony Schwartz

    Remembering Tony Schwartz

    Tony Schwartz, audio pioneer, media theorist and known as “The Wizard of Sound” died ten years ago. Tony created more than 20,000 radio and television spots for products, political candidates and non-profit public interest groups. His sound design work was the first to record on-the-street voices on records and commercials, establishing the importance of the audio imagery to influence audiences.  One of his main causes was to eliminate advertising of cigarettes on TV and radio aimed at children.  He contributed directly … Continue reading

  • 2018 Media Burn artists in residence: Nancy Buchanan and Barry Dolins

    2018 Media Burn artists in residence: Nancy Buchanan and Barry Dolins

    Nancy Buchanan: Message to the Grassroots tv program Message to the Grassroots was a live cable access program focused on police violence and urban community organizing. It aired from 1988 to 1998, and was produced in Pasadena, CA by Michael Zinzun. Zinzun (1946-2006), was a former Black Panther, tireless community organizer, and architect of the 1992 Watts gang truce. Buchanan, a Los Angeles artist who uses various media to bring social realities into view, acted as Associate Producer, camera person, … Continue reading