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 is to preserve audiovisual records of history and culture and to engage audiences with their creative reuse.
    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.
    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

  • Money Man Monument: “A permanent tribute to the American way”

    Money Man Monument: “A permanent tribute to the American way”

    We thought it might be an appropriate day to revisit “Money Man Monument,” an over-the-top satirical video conceived by artist Doug Michels (1943-2003). Michels proposed the installation of a 23-foot-tall Money Man on the National Mall alongside memorials to American icons like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, calling it “a permanent tribute to green power and the American way.” The performer is our friend Tony Judge. Camera by long-time Media Burn collaborator, producer/director Joe Angio.

  • [Town House TV and Appliances ads]

    [Town House TV and Appliances ads]

    Ads for Town House TV and Appliances, 7850 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL. Continue reading

  • [SNL Audition]

    [SNL Audition]

    A “Saturday Night Live” audition tape for six Chicago comics: Ed Fiala, Judy Tenuta, T.P. Mulrooney, Tim Cavanagh, Aaron Freeman, and Emo Phillips. Continue reading

  • What’s Uptown: a View from the Street

    What’s Uptown: a View from the Street

    The Uptown community of Chicago has long been one of its most diverse. It has been populated by Appalachian migrants, Native Americans, Asian immigrants, African-Americans, and members of the LGBT community. For decades, it has been a hotbed for community organizers. What’s Uptown? was produced in the mid-1970s by Marcie Telander and Terry Moyemont in the emerging style of portable video journalism. This 28-minute video was shown on the independent film and video showcase Image Union. We are proud to … Continue reading

  • Bill Veeck: “There isn’t going to be room for us bums.”

    Bill Veeck: “There isn’t going to be room for us bums.”

    Last night, the Cubs won Game 5 of the World Series, and will return to Cleveland on Tuesday. Over the last three games at Wrigley Field, tens of thousands of people descended on the Lakeview neighborhood, many of them for the first time. In this clip, bleacher regular Bill Veeck, who probably went to more than forty games in 1984, pokes fun at the fancy newcomers who showed up only for the postseason. This video was shot for a Time … Continue reading

  • Will the Cubs finally grant Bill Murray’s 1984 wish?

    Will the Cubs finally grant Bill Murray’s 1984 wish?

    “The World Series… that’s what I really was shooting for.” Tonight the Cubs and Cleveland Indians will play game three of the World Series at Wrigley Field. They will be joined by Cubs superfan Bill Murray, who will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Murray has been a fixture of the 7th inning stretch for years. However, when he appeared on Time Out while the Cubs were in the National League playoffs in 1984, he had other ambitions. Will … Continue reading

  • Farewell to the Ultimate Cool Gent, Herb Kent

    Farewell to the Ultimate Cool Gent, Herb Kent

    Renowned giant of Chicago radio and larger than life personality Herb Kent died last Saturday, October 22, at the age of 88. Known as the “mayor of Bronzeville,” he grew up in the Ida B. Wells housing project and attended Hyde Park High School. Arguably, Kent‘s most influential position was from 1962 to 1970 at Chicago’s WVON. The station was and is an integral part of Chicago’s black community. Kent kept his thumb on the pulse of the community and was a … Continue reading

  • [Teen Street Performance #F4]

    [Teen Street Performance #F4]