• [Voices of Cabrini raw: Pratt family]

    [Voices of Cabrini raw: Pratt family]

    Footage for the documentary “Voices of Cabrini.” Shot between 1995-1999, it documented the Cabrini Green redevelopment project proposed and carried out by the city of Chicago. This video contains footage of the Pratt family in Cabrini Green. There are several interviews with Mark Pratt where he describes growing up in Cabrini. Pratt takes director Ronit Bezalel on a walking tour through Cabrini, ending in Smokey Playground. Continue reading

  • The 90’s, episode 306: Race And Racism – Red, White, And Black

    The 90’s, episode 306: Race And Racism – Red, White, And Black

    Episode 306 of the award winning series, The 90’s. This episode is called “RACE AND RACISM – RED, WHITE AND BLACK” and features the following segments: 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

  • 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

  • Spin


    This tape documents an interesting period of time in the early ’90s when people with a satellite dish could receive pre-air non-broadcast feeds. The author captured hundreds of hours of this footage and it is an invaluable look at the way politicians craft media appearances. An extremely valuable tape, both for the general knowledge of media and a specific look at the 1992 presidential race. Continue reading

  • [Studs Terkel at the Wells-Grand talking about Thanksgiving 1933 and prohibition repeal]

    [Studs Terkel at the Wells-Grand talking about Thanksgiving 1933 and prohibition repeal]

    Brief segment where Studs Terkel revisits the Wells-Grand Hotel, the men’s hotel operated by his parents, and reminisces about Thanksgiving following the prohibition repeal. Continue reading


newest videos

  • Lamento (with English subtitles–use “CC” button to turn on)

    Lamento (with English subtitles–use “CC” button to turn on)

    The mothers of the heroes and martyrs of Estelí talk about their fallen family members, August, 1984. Heroic Estelí, free Nicaragua. / Las madres de héroes y mártires de Estelí hablan de la familia caida, agosto 1984. Estelí heróico, Nicaragua libre. Continue reading

  • El Crucero (español)

    El Crucero (español)

    Un documental en cuatro “movimientos.” Nicaragua, Septiembre, 1984. Los campesinos en un cafetal, El Callao, ofrecen una visión intima y política de la vida rural. LA HISTORIA DE REYNA FLORES (14 min.); ENFRENTANDO ESCASECES (14 min.); LA NATURALEZA Y LA HISTORIA (25 min.); AGUA PURA (6 min.). Continue reading

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show first debuted in 1975 to mixed reviews, but it soon developed a cult following like nothing before, and very little since. Fans of Rocky Horror come dressed in character and screenings grew to include pre-screening performances and audience interaction. The film now holds the record for the longest running theatrical release, and still shows in theaters all over the country. In Chicago, the Rocky Horror cult following developed around the Biograph Theater, which picked up … Continue reading

  • “Don’t quit your day job”: Chicago’s Funny Firm in 1993

    “Don’t quit your day job”: Chicago’s Funny Firm in 1993

    Chicago has long been known as a city of comedy. It’s where improv comedy was born, and has helped start the careers of countless comedians. Of course, despite all the successes, not everyone becomes a legend. In 1993, Chicago Slices videographer Skip Blumberg visited a comedy class at the Funny Firm. Among Funny Firm’s defining features was its comedy school, where students could enroll in classes geared around developing their comedic voice. In this video, Skip talks to some of … Continue reading

  • Media Burn’s 10th Anniversary Video Ball, Free Spirit Media camera, part 2

    Media Burn’s 10th Anniversary Video Ball, Free Spirit Media camera, part 2

    Media Burn 10th Anniversary Video Ball on September 28, 2014. Continue reading

  • Thanks for helping make the Video Ball a success!

    Thanks for helping make the Video Ball a success!

    It was great fun last Sunday throwing our Video Ball. Here’s a sampling of some of the excitement. We thank Free Spirit Media and Kartemquin Films for the video footage. Big thank yous to the dozens of you who helped make it happen, and to everyone who came up on the roof to show their support. And to those who couldn’t make it, we look forward to seeing you next time! You can still have an impact by making a … Continue reading

  • This Sunday: The Video Ball!

    This Sunday: The Video Ball!

    The Media Burn Video Ball is just a few days away! Now’s your last chance to get tickets at a reduced price! And remember, there’s FREE PARKING! So if you drive, you can enter the garage on southbound Wabash or westbound Randolph. Park anywhere, and take the elevators to the 10th floor. You’ll receive a validated sticker for free parking when you check in with us. On foot, just enter on Randolph and take the elevators straight to the 10th … Continue reading

  • Patrick Creadon and Tom Palazzolo salute Media Burn

    Patrick Creadon and Tom Palazzolo salute Media Burn

    We’ve been telling you a lot about why we think Media Burn is special. But don’t just take our word for it: today, you can hear from two of our favorite people. Patrick Creadon is an accomplished documentary director. He is best known today for his critically-acclaimed films Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A., but his first job out of college was for the FITV-produced series The 90’s, which he credits as helping to shape his career. Tom Palazzolo has been making offbeat … Continue reading