• [The 90’s Election Specials raw: The Clintons at The Bagel]

    [The 90’s Election Specials raw: The Clintons at The Bagel]

    Raw tape for The 90’s election specials. Bill and Hillary Clinton take a quick tour of The Bagel, a Jewish deli and restaurant on Devon Avenue in Chicago. They shake hands and pose for a photo-op with an oversized bagel. Patrons and workers at the restaurant are asked their thoughts of Bill Clinton and Paul Tsongas. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: Prof. William M. King]

    [The 90’s raw: Prof. William M. King]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s. This tape features an interview with Professor William H. King of the Black Studies Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. King gives an in-depth analysis of the the societal, economic, and racial problems that have been a part of the American experience since its inception. King focuses on the subject of capital punishment and argues function and purpose in society. Continue reading

  • [The Nation panel: The Nader Factor]

    [The Nation panel: The Nader Factor]

    A videotape of a live panel discussing the effect Ralph Nader had on the 2000 presidential election. The whole event appears to be taking place on a several day-long cruise. The moderator was Victor Navasky, publisher of The Nation. The panel was comprised of journalist Eric Alterman, historian and author Larry Goodwyn, political commentator Molly Ivins, radio DJ and author Studs Terkel, and law critic and The Nation columnist Patricia Williams. Continue reading

  • American Revolution II: Battle of Chicago

    American Revolution II: Battle of Chicago

    Part of the Global Perspectives on War and Peace Collection. This tape has two sections. 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

  • Troubadours


    Troubadours presents a musical performance by the Nicaraguan folk singing group, Camayoc, which means “messenger” in Nahuatl, the language of ancient indigenous people in Central America. Groupo Camayoc taped this performance with Julia Lesage and Chuck Kleinhans outdoors in Estelí, Nicaragua, in September 1987. They play both their own songs and those of Carlos Mejía Godoy and Pablo Milanés. Continue reading


newest videos

  • Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good To Me: The Minnie Minoso Story

    Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good To Me: The Minnie Minoso Story

    For one week only! Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story from MediaBurnArchive on Vimeo.

  • Chicago’s South Side, election day 1992 with Andrew Jones

    Chicago’s South Side, election day 1992 with Andrew Jones

    Chicago’s mayoral and aldermanic elections were this Tuesday. Now, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his leading opponent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, prepare for a runoff election, we thought we’d share some footage from Andrew P Jones, shot on Chicago’s South Side during The 90’s Election Special coverage.Although a native Bostonian, Andrew was a devoted and inquisitive correspondent, with a particular passion for black politics in the US. He spent most of election day talking with voters, election judges, and campaign staff … Continue reading

  • 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

  • Rescheduled! When Harold Washington Beat the Machine, February 15 @ 4 PM

    As the 2015 Chicago mayoral election approaches, pitting a seemingly unbeatable incumbent against a variety of underdog challengers, join us and our partners at the Black Cinema House for a look at another mayoral election, more than thirty years ago: Harold Washington’s improbable election to become the first African American mayor of Chicago. Three rarely screened films about that election and Washington’s brief tenure as mayor explore the role of racism and entrenched Democratic machine power in that historic era. … Continue reading

  • Bill Goes to Iowa: Tape 3

    Bill Goes to Iowa: Tape 3

    Camera original footage of the 1996 Iowa caucuses. This tape features footage of the Lamar Alexander and Phil Gramm campaigns in February 1996. Continue reading

  • Remembering Andrew Patner

    Remembering Andrew Patner

    Andrew Patner died suddenly last Tuesday, February 3. He was 55.Andrew had become an old-style Chicago icon, a 21st century version of his dear friend and mentor, Studs Terkel. In this video, produced at the University of Chicago during an Alumni Association event, we get a glimpse of Andrew and Studs together in 2004. After Studs died, Andrew thought it was important that this video be part of Media Burn’s permanent Terkel collection, saying, “It is one of the only … Continue reading

  • [Gang Truce at Cabrini Green]

    [Gang Truce at Cabrini Green]

    A gang truce was negotiated in Cabrini Green following the death of Dantrell Davis. Government officials, law enforcement, and community leaders disagree on whether the gang truce or increased security measures are responsible for the ongoing peace in the project. Continue reading

  • POSTPONED: Remembering Harold Washington

    POSTPONED: Remembering Harold Washington

    Due to inclement weather, today’s screening of “Remembering Harold Washington” at Black Cinema House has been postponed. We’ll send an update when we have a new date. In the meantime, Skippy the snowball has tips on being safe and avoiding tickets during Chicago snowstorms.