• 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

  • Power to the People

    Power to the People

    “Power to the People” [1989 | 26 minutes] “Power to the People” speaks to Black, Latino and White activists who worked with and were influenced by Fred Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party. They recall the late 1960s and how the Panther experience still affects their current community work. In doing so, they tell the story of the IL Party and the murder and how it led to the empowerment of Chicago’s African-American communities and the election of Chicago’s … Continue reading

  • Tonight at 7pm! Join Scrappers, Truthout.org, and Media Burn at the Music Box for Rights Lab: Can I record the police?

    Tonight at 7pm! Join Scrappers, Truthout.org, and Media Burn at the Music Box for Rights Lab: Can I record the police?

    Where: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL When: Monday, March 21, 2016 — 7:00 pm Admission: Free Filming police is legal in all 50 states – but numerous people have been arrested while doing so. The third episode of Rights Lab, a cross-genre web series using cinema verite techniques to explore the most pressing civil liberties questions of our day, explains the discrepancy between the law and what happens on the ground, with the help of performance … Continue reading

  • Donald J. Trump Make America Great Again! Rally

    Donald J. Trump Make America Great Again! Rally

    Raw footage inside the UIC Pavilion before/after Trump postponed his March 11, 2016, rally in Chicago. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Tonight: Petcoke]

    [Chicago Tonight: Petcoke]

    News segment concerning piles of petroleum coke along the Calumet River, and their effect on the health of surrounding residents. Continue reading

  • Dyeing the River Green

    Dyeing the River Green

    In Chicago, it has been a tradition since the first Mayor Daley to dye the Chicago River green for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. In 1992, videomaker Patrick Creadon, shooting for The 90’s, went downtown at 2:30 a.m. to cover the preparation for the parade and to talk with the guys from Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union #110 about this tradition. The footage didn’t make it on the show, but decades later, we pulled it out of the archive and … Continue reading

  • Seventeen years old. Sixteen gunshots. Thirteen months before a murder charge.

    Seventeen years old. Sixteen gunshots. Thirteen months before a murder charge.

    Voters in Cook County, Illinois, will go to the polls in the state’s primary tomorrow and will pick a candidate to run for Cook County State’s Attorney. The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as many prominent Democrats, have endorsed candidate Kim Foxx over incumbent Anita Alvarez. All have citied Alvarez’s slow handing of the Laquan McDonald case. 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. Alvarez took over … Continue reading

  • Chicago Bears Legend Bill Wade

    Chicago Bears Legend Bill Wade

    Chicago Bears legend Bill Wade passed away Wednesday at the age of 85. Most notably, Wade was the quarterback for the Bears back in 1963, when they won the NFL championship. He talked about that championship season, plus other musing about football and his dislike of soccer, when a video crew caught up with him in 1985 for Once A Star. Once A Star was a TV program produced by Tom Weinberg and Thea Flaum that profiled a number of … Continue reading

  • Remembering Dr. Quentin Young, Activist and Physician

    Remembering Dr. Quentin Young, Activist and Physician

    Dr. Quentin Young was a Chicago-based activist for healthcare reform, desegregation, and other important issues throughout his life. He served as chairman of medicine at Cook County Hospital during the historic 18-day HSA strike in 1975, where he frequently butted heads with the hospital’s governing body over public health equality. He died earlier this week at the age of 92. In memory of his life and work, we present a number of clips from our archive. The first clip is … Continue reading