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  • 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

  • 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

  • Sunday, April 5th at 3pm: When Harold Washington Beat the Machine

    As we approach the April 7th run-off election between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challenger “Chuy” Garcia, join us and our partners at Heartland Cafe for a look at another mayoral election, more than thirty years ago: Harold Washington’s improbable election to become the first African American mayor of Chicago.On April 5th, there will be a new screening of some of the films originally organized by South Side Projections in memory of Mayor Washington. We’ll once again be there with Bill … Continue reading

  • Chicago’s South Side, election day 1992 with Andrew Jones

    Chicago’s South Side, election day 1992 with Andrew Jones

    Chicago’s mayoral and aldermanic elections were this Tuesday. Now, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his leading opponent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, prepare for a runoff election, we thought we’d share some footage from Andrew P Jones, shot on Chicago’s South Side during The 90’s Election Special coverage.Although a native Bostonian, Andrew was a devoted and inquisitive correspondent, with a particular passion for black politics in the US. He spent most of election day talking with voters, election judges, and campaign staff … Continue reading

  • Chicago Politics: A Theatre Of Power

    Chicago Politics: A Theatre Of Power

    Collection of revealing scenes of various Chicago politicians. The film focuses mainly on mayors and mayoral candidates of the 1980s including Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, Edward “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak, and Thomas Hynes. In true Chicago style, the looming presence of long-time, now late, mayor of Chicago, Richard J. Daley makes an appearance. Includes some invaluable footage, especially of when Harold Washington’s many speeches. Particularly revealing are scenes of racial upheaval during the time surrounding Harold Washington’s election and mayorship. Continue reading

  • Rescheduled! When Harold Washington Beat the Machine, February 15 @ 4 PM

    As the 2015 Chicago mayoral election approaches, pitting a seemingly unbeatable incumbent against a variety of underdog challengers, join us and our partners at the Black Cinema House for a look at another mayoral election, more than thirty years ago: Harold Washington’s improbable election to become the first African American mayor of Chicago. Three rarely screened films about that election and Washington’s brief tenure as mayor explore the role of racism and entrenched Democratic machine power in that historic era. … Continue reading

  • Remembering Andrew Patner

    Remembering Andrew Patner

    Andrew Patner died suddenly last Tuesday, February 3. He was 55.Andrew had become an old-style Chicago icon, a 21st century version of his dear friend and mentor, Studs Terkel. In this video, produced at the University of Chicago during an Alumni Association event, we get a glimpse of Andrew and Studs together in 2004. After Studs died, Andrew thought it was important that this video be part of Media Burn’s permanent Terkel collection, saying, “It is one of the only … Continue reading

  • [Gang Truce at Cabrini Green]

    [Gang Truce at Cabrini Green]

    A gang truce was negotiated in Cabrini Green following the death of Dantrell Davis. Government officials, law enforcement, and community leaders disagree on whether the gang truce or increased security measures are responsible for the ongoing peace in the project. Continue reading