• Synthesis: Processing and Collaboration

    Synthesis: Processing and Collaboration

    A look at the work of Chicago-based pioneers of image processing, Dan Sandin, Phil Morton, Tom DeFanti, and Jane Veeder, as well as sound processing by Mimi Shevitz and other works created by the Sandin Image Processor. Continue reading

     
  • The Hypercube Projections & Slicing + others

    The Hypercube Projections & Slicing + others

    This tape features two distinct pieces: “Hypercube Projects” and “This Is Early Bird.” At the end of the video there are a series of loading screens and LANDSAT images of San Francisco Bay and the Seattle area. “Hypercube” is an instructional video that describes geometrical transformations–rotations, projections, and slicings–within two, three, and four-dimensional space. The catalog contains a full transcription of the narration. “This Is Early Bird” was produced for CBS as part of a documentary/educational show about Intelsat1, the world’s first commercial communications satellite. The show also includes basic educational introductions about how geosynchronous satellites function and enter their orbits. Continue reading

     
  • Vito Marzullo

    Vito Marzullo

    A portrait of Chicago’s 25th ward alderman, Vito Marzullo, who is described as “the last of the old time machine politicians.” It chronicles the workings of Marzullo’s ward, Chicago’s city hall, and politics in general within the Chicago Democratic “machine.” This piece also provides insight into Marzullo’s family life with his wife of 65 years, Letiza. Continue reading

     
  • Know Your Enemy – Japan

    Know Your Enemy – Japan

    Part of the Global Perspectives on War and Peace Collection. A WWII U.S. War Department orientation film using racist, anti-Japanese propaganda techniques. The film gives a brief history of Japan, and an overview of Japanese social, military, and political culture, with the ultimate goal of explaining that the whole  Japanese culture is designed to create soldiers bent on world domination. It uses typical War Department technique of narration over newsreel and stock footage, and dramatic re-enactments. Continue reading

     
  • [Ephemeral Films : selected layoffs]

    [Ephemeral Films : selected layoffs]

    Instructional films from the 1940s and 50s. Some are merely humorously outdated, others are downright horrifying — particularly one that concludes that mechanized laundry machines are the best example of women’s liberation in this century. Most deal with dating. Old Chicago footage with streetcars in last segment. Continue reading

     
  • Sept 11th: Reflections on a Changed America

    Sept 11th: Reflections on a Changed America

    This is a video of a nearly two-hour panel discussion entitled, “September 11th: Reflections on a Changed America.” Taped at the Chicago Historical Society shortly after the September 11th attacks, a group of academics, historians, and journalists discuss the after effects of the attacks. Continue reading

     
 

newest videos

  • Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman talks about his reputation as an “enfant terrible”

    Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman talks about his reputation as an “enfant terrible”

    Stanley Tigerman’s work can be seen all over the city of Chicago, and in various locations across the globe, but right now his work is also on display at the Art Institute of Chicago’s “Architecture to Scale” exhibit. Tigerman, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects Chicago last October, designed such buildings as the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. However, he might be even better … Continue reading

  • El Crucero

    00:08 Opening credits. 01:29 The first segment, “Reyna Flores”, begins. She explains that she began working on a farm at age 22, when her mother passed away. She built a house for herself and her child out of materials from demolished buildings on the farm. 04:05 “Now I’m a little better off because my man and I work together,” Flores says. “If I just sat around at home depending on a man’s salary, I could never make it. We’d have … Continue reading

  • [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