• WELCOME TO MEDIA BURN
    WELCOME TO MEDIA BURN
    Media Burn Archive collects, restores and distributes documentary video created by artists, activists and community groups. Media Burn is a project of the Fund for Innovative TV, which has been producing challenging documentary video and television since 1990.
  • OUR MISSION
    OUR MISSION
    Our mission is to preserve audiovisual records of history and culture and to engage audiences with their creative reuse.
  • DONATE
    DONATE
    The national significance of the collection of more than 7,000 videos has been recognized with grants from the National Archives, the “Save America’s Treasures” program of the NEH, the NEA, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Your support is a critical part of our success. Please donate today.
  • OUR VIDEO TRANSFER AND LOGGING SERVICES
    OUR VIDEO TRANSFER AND LOGGING SERVICES
    The boxes of tapes in your basement or closet may be deteriorating much faster than you think. You will have no better chance of transferring them successfully and for a reasonable cost than today. Media Burn is a boutique footage transfer service that provides highly personalized attention to your project.

New Videos

  • Al Samter Obituary

  • Al Samter Remembrance Brochure

    Program from:

    A CELEBRATION AND REMEMBRANCE OF
    THE LIFE AND WORK OF

    Alfred “Al” J. Samter January 27, 1922 – January 12, 2003

    By His Family, Friends and Co-Workers

    Sunday February 9, 2003

    At USWA 1014 Union Hall Gary, Indiana Continue reading

  • Chicago’s Miró

    Chicago’s Miró

    A short documentary about Joan Miró Chicago, a public art piece that was created in 1992. This documentary was produced for the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, and also discusses Miró’s career in general, as well as specifics about how the statue was built. Continue reading

  • Mason Reese: A truly singular boy

    Mason Reese: A truly singular boy

    Child star Mason Reese was a TV phenomenon of the seventies, whose precocious presence in dozens of commercials led to TV talk show appearances, widespread fame, and even a starring role in a sitcom pilot. He had an uncommon and wizened quality that sometimes made it hard to believe he was actually a little boy. He frequented talk shows, especially “The Mike Douglas Show,” which he even co-hosted at times. It is almost unreal to see a seven-year-old boy, whip-quick, … Continue reading

  • Hillary returns to Park Ridge, IL for the first time in 13 years

    Hillary returns to Park Ridge, IL for the first time in 13 years

    Yesterday Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to her hometown of Park Ridge for a day packed with fundraisers (tickets for which ranged in price from $45-$27,000). Clinton was met largely with hometown support and reminisced about her days in Park Ridge. She spoke about national security, the importance of accountability in politics and being true to one’s word. According to the Chicago Tribune, Clinton encountered some protesters as well. A senior from Hillary’s alma mater, Maine South High School, said he couldn’t … Continue reading

  • Here Come the Videofreex: Chicago Premiere

    Here Come the Videofreex: Chicago Premiere

    New Doc About Pioneering Video Collective Here Come the Videofreex Chicago premiere A film by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin Tuesday, May 17 8:00pm Thursday, May 19 8:00pm *with special guests Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Chicago, IL This week, the Gene Siskel Film Center will host the Chicago premiere of Here Come the Videofreex.  The documentary chronicles the pioneering efforts of the Videofreex, a collective of radical videographers who snatched a front row seat on street-level history in the turbulent Sixties and … Continue reading

  • Clinton Defends Clinton

    Clinton Defends Clinton

    In the Clintons’ long political history together, each has played the supporting role at some point in time. As much as their reciprocal campaigning has garnered support, it has led to some public missteps that have proved difficult to sweep under the rug or past the ever-vigilant media. Hillary has been haunted by remarks she made in 1996, calling certain children “super predators” in defense of racially discriminatory criminal justice legislation like her husband’s 1994 crime bill.  On a few occasions, Bill … Continue reading

  • Studs on Haymarket: “Those four guys were hanged for you!”

    Studs on Haymarket: “Those four guys were hanged for you!”

    Today we honor the 130th anniversary of the Haymarket Affair, an important moment in labor history and the origin event to May Day, or International Workers’ Day. This event celebrated annually around the world actually has its roots in Chicago. Starting May 1, 1886, labor unions across the United States began a general strike in support of the 8-hour workday. On May 3, police in Chicago shot into a crowd and killed several workers striking at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Plant. … Continue reading