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  • 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

  • Will the Cubs finally grant Bill Murray’s 1984 wish?

    Will the Cubs finally grant Bill Murray’s 1984 wish?

    “The World Series… that’s what I really was shooting for.” Tonight the Cubs and Cleveland Indians will play game three of the World Series at Wrigley Field. They will be joined by Cubs superfan Bill Murray, who will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Murray has been a fixture of the 7th inning stretch for years. However, when he appeared on Time Out while the Cubs were in the National League playoffs in 1984, he had other ambitions. Will … Continue reading

  • Farewell to the Ultimate Cool Gent, Herb Kent

    Farewell to the Ultimate Cool Gent, Herb Kent

    Renowned giant of Chicago radio and larger than life personality Herb Kent died last Saturday, October 22, at the age of 88. Known as the “mayor of Bronzeville,” he grew up in the Ida B. Wells housing project and attended Hyde Park High School. Arguably, Kent‘s most influential position was from 1962 to 1970 at Chicago’s WVON. The station was and is an integral part of Chicago’s black community. Kent kept his thumb on the pulse of the community and was a … Continue reading

  • Tour Media Burn on Friday, October 7

    Tour Media Burn on Friday, October 7

    Go behind the scenes at Media Burn on Friday, October 7th as part of Chicago Open Archives Do you enjoy going behind-the-scenes to places the public is not normally allowed? Do you ever wonder what on earth we do all day at Media Burn? Now’s your chance to find out! Over thirty local archives, research centers, and cultural institutions in the Chicago area will offer special events open to members of the public on October 6-8, 2016.This year’s Chicago Open … Continue reading

  • Molly Ivins’ Biting Election Commentary is Still True

    Molly Ivins’ Biting Election Commentary is Still True

    “I don’t want an option on the ballot that says, ‘None of the Above,’ I want an option that says, ‘It makes me vomit.’”                                                                              -Molly Ivins, 1996 History, as we learned in high school, has a way of repeating itself. Molly Ivins (1944-2007) was … Continue reading

  • Bike Messenger Jack Blackfelt- A Fresh Look

    Bike Messenger Jack Blackfelt- A Fresh Look

    “I get paid good money to just be who I am: a freak on wheels.” -Jack Blackfelt We have more than 7000 videos in our archive.  Most portray interesting people at a particular moment in their lives.  One great thing about video is its ability for people to watch many years later and provide perspective about how they’ve changed. This is the first of these updates we will be doing. This update features footage of colorful bike messenger Jack Blackfelt that was … Continue reading

  • Little Village Youth dig into the Archive

    Little Village Youth dig into the Archive

    We’re so pleased to announce a brand new initiative that will use our videos in youth programs, both in-classroom and after school. Media Burn has been awarded a grant from the Chicago HIVE Fund for Connected Learning at the Chicago Community Trust. HIVE was seeded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and is stewarded by Mozilla. Our project partners are the National Mexican Museum of Art, Yollocalli Arts Reach, the Chicago History Museum, The Lamp, and the … Continue reading