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  • 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

  • Interviews With Interviewers… About Interviewing

    Interviews With Interviewers… About Interviewing

    Skip Blumberg interviews a variety of “interviewers” about their work. These people include regular journalist type reporters, such as Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Studs Terkel, and Susan Stamberg; plus a psychoanalyst, Dr. Joel Kovel; and a police interrogator, Sean Grennan. Blumberg gets very honest responses (a tribute to his own interviewing skills) and manages to provide a fascinating look at why we like interviews, how they differ from normal conversations, and the psychological impact on both parties. Each subject has a different take on their work, which makes for interesting viewing. Some good quotes include: Continue reading

  • Interviews With Interviewers… About Interviewing (2003 edit)

    Interviews With Interviewers… About Interviewing (2003 edit)

    This tape features a 2003 edit of “Interviews With Interviewers… About Interviewing” by Skip Blumberg. High profile interviewers Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Studs Terkel, and Susan Stamberg talk about their own specific interviewing styles, the complexities of the interview process, and why they do what they do. We also hear from psychoanalyst Dr. Joel Kovel and police interrogator Sean Grennan about their skills as interviewers and how they interact with interview subjects. Blumberg gets very honest responses (a tribute to his own interviewing skills) and manages to provide a fascinating look at why we like interviews, how they differ from normal conversations, and the psychological impact on both parties. Continue reading

  • Warp discussion, Part II

    Warp discussion, Part II

    This tape features footage of a conversation between writer Stuart Gordon, actor Cecil O’Neal, and writer Lenny Kleinfeld (who co-wrote the play under the pseudonym Bury St. Edmund), talking about the Broadway production of the Organic Theater’s “Warp.” Continue reading

  • [Lili’s birthday and Christmas in McHenry]

    [Lili’s birthday and Christmas in McHenry]

    This tape contains footage of a Christmas and Birthday party in 1976 in McHenry, Illinois. Lilian Bender was celebrating her 70th birthday with her family. The tape is a quintessential representation of Christmas in the Midwest. Continue reading

  • [Artaud: director interview and Plague rehearsal]

    [Artaud: director interview and Plague rehearsal]

    This tape documents the preparation for the joint Videopolis / Victory Gardens Theater production of “Artaud.” Director Jim Rinnert talks about his interest in Artaud and the unusual production elements. This is followed by rehearsal footage from the play where lead actor J. Pat Miller practices a scene called “Plague.” Continue reading

  • [Busia & Cioc raw #2]

    [Busia & Cioc raw #2]

    This tape contains raw footage for “Busia and Cioc” by Valjean McLenighan. McLenighan visits two of her elderly relatives in their apartment and interviews them about their experiences as Polish immigrants to Chicago near the turn of the century. The close-knit encounter of four women in the kitchen leads to an intimate discussion of the immigrant experience and the myth of the American Dream. Continue reading

  • [Busia & Cioc raw #1]

    [Busia & Cioc raw #1]

    This tape contains raw footage for “Busia and Cioc” by Valjean McLenighan. McLenighan visits two of her elderly relatives in their apartment and interviews them about their experiences as Polish immigrants to Chicago near the turn of the century. The close-knit encounter of four women in the kitchen leads to an intimate discussion of the immigrant experience and the myth of the American Dream. Continue reading