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  • The Polaroid Wall: A Look Back at IPA, The Editing House

    The Polaroid Wall: A Look Back at IPA, The Editing House

    IPA was founded in 1982 and for the next 18 years served as a creative home for the Chicago area video community. On the wall in its kitchen was a collection of 2,620 Polaroid photos taken over the years of production shoots, late night editing sessions, new equipment installations – remember your excitement over 8” floppy disks? –and its legendary parties. Now The Polaroid Wall is available as an app for iPhones and iPads you can swipe, zoom or search … Continue reading

  • This isn’t just a “job” to us

    This isn’t just a “job” to us

              Dear friend, Today our office is quiet–most people in the building have already left town for the holidays. Nevertheless, we’re here because we know our work is vitally important, and no one else is doing it. We don’t make a big fuss about ourselves, but we are making a major impact. This small and unassuming group of people is doing a tremendous amount of work for an astonishingly small amount of money. We have served … Continue reading

  • “Militarism has become the very fabric of our culture”–Blase Bonpane”

    “Militarism has become the very fabric of our culture”–Blase Bonpane”

    An outspoken critic of the American military interventions for decades, Blase Bonpane is a former Maryknoll priest who has been director of the Office of the Americas since 1983. In this archival video from 1991, Bonpane made the case for the U.S. as a militaristic society. It was originally shown on THE 90’s series on PBS and shot by Nancy Cain and Jody Procter. At 87, Bonpane is still fighting for peace through his work writing books and on KPFK … Continue reading

  • Our stories matter now more than ever

    Our stories matter now more than ever

    Dear friend, Like many of you, we at Media Burn have been reeling from the results of the election. On the morning of November 9, after very little sleep and with a growing sense of anxiety, I boarded a plane to Pittsburgh for the annual Association of Moving Image Archivists conference. My colleagues and I began as walking zombies, in utter disbelief that after this earth-shattering election we were about to spend four days discussing archival methodologies. Out of all … Continue reading

  • Hard Hitting Pioneer Of “No Nonsense” Journalism Gwen Ifill Dies At The Age Of 61

    Hard Hitting Pioneer Of “No Nonsense” Journalism Gwen Ifill Dies At The Age Of 61

    Gwen Ifill was the daughter of Caribbean immigrants and grew up during the tumultuous 1960s. Recollecting on that charged socio-political atmosphere she said, “I was very conscious of the world being this very crazed place that demanded explanation,” in a 2011 interview with the Archive of American Television.  She went on to become a member of the very exclusive club of mainstream journalism. Ifill worked at the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC and PBS. Beginning in 2013, she was … Continue reading

  • Money Man Monument: “A permanent tribute to the American way”

    Money Man Monument: “A permanent tribute to the American way”

    We thought it might be an appropriate day to revisit “Money Man Monument,” an over-the-top satirical video conceived by artist Doug Michels (1943-2003). Michels proposed the installation of a 23-foot-tall Money Man on the National Mall alongside memorials to American icons like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, calling it “a permanent tribute to green power and the American way.” The performer is our friend Tony Judge. Camera by long-time Media Burn collaborator, producer/director Joe Angio.

  • What’s Uptown: a View from the Street

    What’s Uptown: a View from the Street

    The Uptown community of Chicago has long been one of its most diverse. It has been populated by Appalachian migrants, Native Americans, Asian immigrants, African-Americans, and members of the LGBT community. For decades, it has been a hotbed for community organizers. What’s Uptown? was produced in the mid-1970s by Marcie Telander and Terry Moyemont in the emerging style of portable video journalism. This 28-minute video was shown on the independent film and video showcase Image Union. We are proud to … Continue reading

  • Bill Veeck: “There isn’t going to be room for us bums.”

    Bill Veeck: “There isn’t going to be room for us bums.”

    Last night, the Cubs won Game 5 of the World Series, and will return to Cleveland on Tuesday. Over the last three games at Wrigley Field, tens of thousands of people descended on the Lakeview neighborhood, many of them for the first time. In this clip, bleacher regular Bill Veeck, who probably went to more than forty games in 1984, pokes fun at the fancy newcomers who showed up only for the postseason. This video was shot for a Time … Continue reading