• It’s a Living: The Unemployment Line

    It’s a Living: The Unemployment Line

    Part of the “It’s a Living” series created by Videopolis based on Studs Terkel’s book Working, which focuses on workers in Chicago. This tape is the record of a single hour at the state unemployment compensation office in Logan Square on the city’s northwest side. People in the line talk about what it’s like to be out of work as they deal with bureaucratic entanglements of their cases. As the program progresses, a family finally receives the check they needed to survive–after eight attempts. Continue reading

     
  • The 90′s, episode 213: Fun And Games

    The 90′s, episode 213: Fun And Games

    Episode 213 of the award-winning series The 90′s. This episode is called “FUN AND GAMES” and features the following segments: Continue reading

     
  • Chicago Slices, episode 9311

    Chicago Slices, episode 9311

    Episode 9311 of the show featuring everyday Chicagoans. Continue reading

     
  • L.A. Riots

    L.A. Riots

    Andrew Jones goes to Los Angeles in the aftermath of the riots of 1992. He speaks with many people about the racial issues that sparked this uprising–the feeling that blacks and Latinos had been systematically discriminated against in their own neighborhoods for years. The main complaint is that stores in their neighborhoods were owned by whites and Koreans and they were overcharged for all services and products. Much of the tension appears to be between the blacks/Latinos and the Korean shop owners. Another interesting feature of the tape is the discussion of the differing motives between rioters and looters and between the actions in different parts of the city. For example, in some areas, only specific businesses, those that were seen as longtime oppressors, were targeted. A man shows footage from his camcorder of the looting, and notes that all of the looters were white, and all were smiling. Clearly, the situation in Los Angeles was far from simple. This tape is a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of the time period. Continue reading

     
  • Lord Of The Universe

    Lord Of The Universe

    Produced by video pioneers TVTV, this video won the prestigious Columbia-duPont award for documentaries. It explores the mystery of Guru Maharaj Ji, the sixteen-year-old leader of a cult-like new age group, the Divine Light Mission (DLM), known to his followers as “The Lord of the Universe.” The video investigates the Guru’s opulent living conditions and the secrecy surrounding his teachings, as well as portraying the dissolution of the 1960s counterculture towards the close of the Vietnam War. It chronicles a gathering of his followers at Houston’s Astrodome in 1974 as they wait for its promised levitation, and features interviews with devotee Rennie Davis and skeptic Abbie Hoffman. Continue reading

     
  • Image Union, episode 0006

    Image Union, episode 0006

    For this episode, Image Union took an adventure trip into unexplored television territory. With home computer, video system and related technology as topics, the program went away from its original structure and produced a thirty-minute-clip that is repeated twice. Processed video is combined with real life acting television. Computer games take turns with shots in a Mexican landscape, studio production with graphic animations. They show the variety of art forms in television. Continue reading

     
 

newest videos

  • [Shell Game at Maxwell Street]

    [Shell Game at Maxwell Street]

    Tom Palazzolo and friend film a man on Maxwell Street hosting an illegal shell game. Continue reading

  • Troubadours

    00:14 Groupo Camayoc sings a patriotic song over views of rural Nicaragua. 02:42 One member explains the group’s origins in 1981. “We tried to reflect our military experiences in song, so that people would understand what the recruits have been going through. Our songs try to convey the thousands of things that soldiers felt and faced.” At the time, the group was a “wartime cultural brigade”, which performed at the warfront and coffee harvests. After the war, the group reunited. … Continue reading

  • [Tsongas, Bush, Daley, Buchanan]

    00:00 Niki Tsongas fights her way through a crowd of reporters and supporters to hand out Bush sandwiches (“the baloney’s inside!”). 05:25 Cut to a TV production room at ABC News Chicago, where footage of an election-night speech by George H.W. Bush is playing. Production assistants work to correct the tape for broadcast as Bush implores Chicagoans to reelect him. 19:54 Richard M. Daley reports to his local polling place to cast his vote. 27:59 Stamets interviews Mayor Daley. Daley … Continue reading

  • Nixon resigns, August 8, 1974

    Nixon resigns, August 8, 1974

    Forty years ago today, Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States. Millions tuned in to his televised address to see what Nixon had to say about his presidency and his reasons for resigning. What they didn’t see was the seven minutes of the television pool feed before Nixon went live. It’s a fascinating counterpoint to the gravity of the event and a unique look at Nixon’s mindset at this defining moment of his career. The video also includes … Continue reading

  • Las Nicas

    00:29 Julia Lesage provides some background on the work that went into making this video. Lesage, along with Carole Isaacs, interviewed Nicaraguan women in 1981 and 1982 and created this script as a “dramatization and condensation” of their stories. 01:38 Kathy Lanahan, a friend of Lesage and Isaacs, talks about her motivation for getting involved in the project. “It concerns women, and the concerns of women and the affairs of women, as far as I’m concerned, are one of the … Continue reading

  • Home Life

    01:03 Opening shots of Esteli, Nicaragua. 02:08 Randall Mullins talks about the differences he’s observed between his Nicaraguan host family and his family growing up. “There’s frankly a lot going on in this family in terms of caring and interaction that there wasn’t as much of in my family,” he says. “We were so involved in working and making a living and watching TV. I’m learning a great deal and receiving a great deal from being here.” 04:20 Mullins details … Continue reading

  • Getting Around

    00:26 Footage of Dave Maloney, a student with a prosthetic arm, trying to purchase a Snickers bar from a vending machine. He succeeds with the help of another student and then painstakingly packs his backpack–which is carried by a guide dog–for class. 02:00 Paul Triantafilos has a congenital deformity that suppressed the growth of his lower extremities. Despite this, he’s had a number of “high-profile” jobs working with the public. “People at first are very uncomfortable around me,” he says. … Continue reading

  • In Plain English

    01:13 Eric Ward and Maria Mendoza talk about their limited exposure to college before arriving at the University of Oregon. 01:58 “I think that the idea of self-identity really came out for a lot of students once they hit this campus,” Michelle Singer explains. “When you were in high school or public school you weren’t classified as Native American or Asian American or Hispanic or Chicano or whatever. Here at the University, you were.” 03:09 Carol Cheney, who was adopted … Continue reading