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  • Love Wins: Studs Terkel celebrates a remarkable family

    Love Wins: Studs Terkel celebrates a remarkable family

    Today, nation-wide marriage equality was achieved through a historic decision by the US Supreme Court. The ruling is the culmination of decades of activism, and is an important moment for human rights, especially for the couples and families directly affected all across the country. In celebration, we’d like to share this video of Studs telling the story of two women who fell in love under almost unbelievable circumstances.

  • IT’S THE 90’s AGAIN! The most innovating TV of our time, livestreaming 24/7 all week

    IT’S THE 90’s AGAIN! The most innovating TV of our time, livestreaming 24/7 all week

    The livestream is happening here: http://www.acretv.org/ Each episode will play 3-4 times on its designated day. Check out the schedule and rundowns for each day below: June 22: Pilot and Episodes 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 June 23: Episodes 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113 June 24: Episodes 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207 June 25: Episodes 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215 June 26: Episodes 216, 217, 218, 219, 301, 302, 303, 304 June … Continue reading

  • A musical tribute to the enigmatic Marilyn Monroe

    A musical tribute to the enigmatic Marilyn Monroe

    This weekend, Lifetime will be showing the two-part miniseries The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, whose celebrity continues to fascinate long after her tragic death in the summer of 1962. In 1988, Phoebe Legere, a performance artist with classical music training at the prestigious Julliard School, composed a song in tribute to her enigmatic idol. The music video, which we present below, was featured on an episode of Image Union and is now preserved in our archive. You can also … Continue reading

  • Sharing a hot dog with Tony Fitzpatrick: “You can tell a real pervert when they put ketchup on a hot dog!”

    Sharing a hot dog with Tony Fitzpatrick: “You can tell a real pervert when they put ketchup on a hot dog!”

    There are few things as Chicago as the Chicago-style hot dog, and now that Memorial Day weekend is on its way, Chicagoans are going to be eating a whole lot more of the distinctive menu item. Everyone has a favorite spot, and in this video from sometime around 1990, multimedia artist and character extraordinaire Tony Fitzpatrick takes us downtown to show us his favorite Chicago hot dog joint. Joined by his friend Marcus Casa Madrid and videomaker Joe Angio, Fitzpatrick … Continue reading

  • May 18: Media Burn at Live to Tape Artists Television Festival

    May 18: Media Burn at Live to Tape Artists Television Festival

    Live to Tape is a week-long celebration of artist television performances and screenings curated by Jesse Malmed. From May 18th to 24th, the festival will showcase video and performance works by more than sixty artists-spanning four decades-that take television as object, as concept, as antagonist, as material, as form, as inspiration. We’re honored to have been invited to present a video as part of the “Aesthletics” program on Monday May 18. DETAILS: WHAT: LIVE TO TAPE ARTIST TELEVISION FESTIVAL: AESTHLETICS … Continue reading

  • NEA awards $50k grant to Media Burn to digitize collections of Kartemquin Films

    NEA awards $50k grant to Media Burn to digitize collections of Kartemquin Films

    On May 6, 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded a grant of $50,000 to FITV/Media Burn for a project which will digitize and create access to 239 videotapes from three rare, unfinished or previously unreleased collections from the Kartemquin Films archives that document artistic communities and the role of art in society. None of these collections has ever been accessible to the public before, and we are very excited to be a part of this landmark project! Media … Continue reading

  • A look back at 1986

    A look back at 1986

    In 1986, Terminal One at O’Hare Airport was being finished and a documentary, “O’Hare: My Kind of Town” was produced by Jamie Ceaser and Tom Weinberg. It has exclusive footage inside the tower with the air traffic controllers which would be impossible to do now because of security requirements.   In this video, producer Joel Cohen introduces a lively video commemorating the 1986 NBA All Star Game, shot for the series “Once A Star,” which profiled former athletes.   In … Continue reading

  • Studs on May Day: “These four guys were hanged for you!”

    Studs on May Day: “These four guys were hanged for you!”

    May Day likely originated as a pagan celebration of spring, but it’s probably better known today as International Workers’ Day. Although not officially recognized by the US government, which favors a Labor Day in September, May Day’s labor connotations actually have their roots in Chicago’s history, as Studs explains in this video. May Day was officially selected as International Workers’ Day in 1889 by the Second International, an organization of socialist and labor parties in Paris, in memory of Chicago’s … Continue reading