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  • Satori Shakoor

    Satori Shakoor

    This video consists of two parts. The first is an interview with Satori Shakoor, a performer in the Los Angeles area with her own one-woman show. The second is said show, although unfortunately the recording of the show is not complete. Continue reading

  • The Eighties in Retrospect: A Documentary

    The Eighties in Retrospect: A Documentary

    “The 80s in Retrospect” is a mockumentary produced in 1979. The documentary “begins” in the middle of the footage (10:06), and features a series of mock commercials, scenes from a New Year party, a scene within a restaurant, and a soliloquy in a train station. The tone of the “documentary” shifts between comedic irreverence and earnest social criticism. The beginning of the footage (before 10:06) establishes the basic premise that polluted radio and television waves sent from Earth are being re-broadcast to Earth from a “space” Haight-Ashbury. The “documentary” footage, then, shows the “polluted” nature of television and radio media. Produced by The Anybody You Choose Video Group at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Continue reading

  • Burned out in Carbondale

    Burned out in Carbondale

    Tongue-in-cheek polemic against a 1979 Chicago Magazine article about the failures and debaucheries of Southern Illinois University–Carbondale (“Burned Out in Carbondale”). The video takes the form of a 60 Minutes-esque investigation. It has several humorous segments and parodies, including rounds in a dilapidated library, an academic adviser who is actually a magician/diviner, and a woman who passes through a neighborhood bar (PK’s) selling test answers. Continue reading

  • Reverend Billy’s Peace Revival

    Reverend Billy’s Peace Revival

    Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping stage a lengthy peace revival filled with song, dance, and sermons raging against American consumerism. Continue reading

  • Media Burn by Ant Farm, 2003 edit

    Media Burn by Ant Farm, 2003 edit

    A recent edit (2003) of Ant Farm’s classic video art piece examining and satirizing the media, particularly the impact of television. On July 4, Independence Day, 1975, what a TV newscaster described as a “media circus” assembles at San Francisco’s Cow Palace Stadium. A pyramid of television sets are stacked, doused with kerosene, and set ablaze. Then a modified 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz, piloted by two drivers who are guided only by a video monitor between their bucket seats, smashes through the pyramid destroying the TV sets. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: John Simmons]

    [The 90’s raw: John Simmons]

    Raw footage shot for the award-winning television series The 90’s. Eddie Tape #64. John Simmons’ gross national product, multiple takes of comedy routines based on Washington politics. Continue reading

  • [Steve Dahl at Chicagofest Tape 2]

    [Steve Dahl at Chicagofest Tape 2]

    Footage from radio personality Steve Dahl’s performance of several parodies of well-known rock songs in “Rock on the Roof” during Chicagofest in 1981. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s Election Specials raw: First Lady debate & Perot event]

    [The 90’s Election Specials raw: First Lady debate & Perot event]

    Layoff of raw footage for The 90’s Election Specials. This tape features a taping of Beth Lapides’ comedy act about the first ladies and a rally for Ross Perot (1930-), including an appearance by his Vice Presidential running mate, Vice Admiral James Stockdale (1923-2005). Continue reading