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  • Nightline: Coalinga Quake

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  • This Is A Test, Part 1A

    Experimental program featuring the work of independent videomakers Continue reading

  • The creation of a news story

    The creation of a news story

    A day in the life of Newsday‘s Mike Waldman On assignment for THE 90′s, Washington correspondent Eddie Becker spent a day with Myron “Mike” Waldman, correspondent for Newsday‘s Washington Bureau, as he went about his job. Waldman’s assignment that day was a story about a bill for the extension of unemployment benefits, and while it may not be the most sensational topic, it provides a unique look into the day-to-day life of a journalist at the time, even when it’s … Continue reading

  • A followup to one of our favorite videos from THE 90′s

    A followup to one of our favorite videos from THE 90′s

    One of our most powerful and popular videos is this interview by Eddie Becker with his daughter, Erika Becker, recorded in 1989 when Erika was 11. She talks openly about living with cerebral palsy, including what it does, how it makes her feel, and how other people treat her because of her disability. Twenty-five years later, Erika is now a mother and fashion designer. Today, we’d like to share with you the original video and this followup video from 2012 … Continue reading

  • The story of Studs Terkel and Nelson Algren

    The story of Studs Terkel and Nelson Algren

    “Let’s Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel” at U of C Tom Weinberg founder, Media Burn Archive independent producer Studs Terkel at Lawry’s Tavern, 1991 photo by Matthew Gilson One Sunday afternoon in 1975, a group of about eight young video experimenters finished editing a version of the first “It’s a Living” documentary, based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book, “Working.” Studs came over to Videopolis on Clark Street (now the Metro), the space we had been working in, to see … Continue reading

  • Media Burn is moving!

    Media Burn is moving!

    We’re moving to a new level–the sunny 4th floor at Chestnut Lofts in River West–on May 14 Our phone number will remain the same. We hope you’ll visit our fantastic new space! FITV / Media Burn Archive 935 W. Chestnut Suite 405 Chicago IL 60642 (773) 794-0058

  • Studs Terkel: The Birth of the Old Town School of Folk Music

    Studs Terkel: The Birth of the Old Town School of Folk Music

    In this 2004 video, Chicago’s one-and-only Studs Terkel talks about the early years of the Old Town School of Folk Music, and his involvement in that history through his friend of many years, Win Stracke, one of the founders of the school. He also discusses the personal and political power of song, Big Bill Broonzy, The Weavers, and much more. Interview by Mark Dvorak, camera and editing by Bob Medich. Continue reading