New Videos

  • Spring events and some exciting new equipment!

    Spring events and some exciting new equipment!

    Media Burn has been busy this spring! Here is info on some free public programming using our collections and pictures of our new (old) video playback equipment donated by United Airlines. Media Burn at the Chicago Cultural Center We’re pleased to be part of two free exhibitions/events at the Chicago Cultural Center: Nicole Marroquin and Andres L. Hernandez: Historical F(r)ictions February 18–May 7, 2017 Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries By critically engaging with archival materials and living testimonies, Nicole … Continue reading

  • New videos by Kartemquin documenting visual artists

    New videos by Kartemquin documenting visual artists

    Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries (Kartemquin Films, 1994) We’re pleased to unveil a newly digitized collection of 100 camera original tapes by Kartemquin Films. The tapes were shot for an uncompleted project documenting visual artists called Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries. The entire collection is now available for free online as the result of an 18-month project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to digitizing all 100 tapes shot for the program, we also created a … Continue reading

  • Wild Chicago Visits Checkerboard Lounge (1990)

    Wild Chicago Visits Checkerboard Lounge (1990)

    Wild Chicago was a local favorite on WTTW – Chicago produced by Harvey Moshman that led viewers to unusual places, people, and events all over Chicagoland. Hosts Ben Hollis and Will Clinger have recently donated many episodes of Wild Chicago to Media Burn, which are being digitized and cataloged. Today, we are happy to present a short clip from one of the Ben Hollis episodes as a sneak peak of everything that will soon be available for viewing. In this clip, … Continue reading

  • Blame it on the Media

    Blame it on the Media

    Conflict with mass media outlets has been a running theme in politics, ever since “The Media,” particularly the electronic media, became a major factor in elections and government.  Conflict with mass media outlets took on yuuuge proportions in the  2016 presidential election and has intensified during the first few months of President Donald Trump’s presidency.  One of Trump’s major ongoing themes in Twitter and in speeches is about “fake news,” inaccurate reporting, and media bias. The White House and the … Continue reading

  • Southside Projections Presents: Rats, Roaches, and Resistance: Housing Activism Films with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Apr. 1

    Southside Projections Presents: Rats, Roaches, and Resistance: Housing Activism Films with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Apr. 1

    Many human rights organizations contend that housing is a fundamental human right, but a safe and affordable place to live is not a given in our society. Where Can I Live? A Story of Gentrification (Erik Lewis, 1984, 32 min.) documents tactics used by tenants fighting gentrification in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in the early 1980s, while also putting on view the abusive practices of investor landlords. Social and Political Housing Scrapbook (10 min., courtesy of Media Burn Independent Video Archive), made in the early … Continue reading

  • Famed Boxing Promoter, Manager and Trainer Lou Duva dies at 94

    Famed Boxing Promoter, Manager and Trainer Lou Duva dies at 94

    A son of Italian immigrants, Duva was born in 1922. By the 1950’s Duva owned a successful trucking company and was happily married. He began spending a great deal of time at the legendary Stillman’s Gym. Stillman’s Gym drew a slew of famous boxers and managers. Inspired, Lou sold his trucking company and started Garden Gym. He went onto handle 19 world champion boxers. Duva explained, “I’ve been fighting all my life, so I know what it’s like to catch … Continue reading

  • Precursors to Today’s Police Violence

    Precursors to Today’s Police Violence

    On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice released the results of their 13-month investigation into the Chicago Police Department in a 166-page report. The report tells of dangerous patterns of unwarranted killings, civil-rights abuses, discrimination, and officers acting with impunity. In light of these findings, we have taken a look back through our archives to pinpoint some historical roots of these complicated, longstanding conflicts. We look at the “Shoot to Kill” order given by Mayor Richard J. Daley in … Continue reading

  • Cindy Neal: Everyday Portraits

    Cindy Neal: Everyday Portraits

    We’re pleased to present newly preserved and digitized works from the 1970s by Cindy Neal, an independent Chicago-based videomaker. After attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked at Videopolis and then became the director and curator of exhibitions at the Chicago Editing Center starting in 1978, which later became the Center for New Television. Her work in the 1970s included experimental forms of video image processing, as well as works of video journalism. Several of Cindy’s … Continue reading