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  • [Where's I.W. Abel? raw #3]

    [Where's I.W. Abel? raw #3]

    Made by Kartemquin and a rank-and-file steel workers caucus, the film documents the opposition of the rank-and-file to the no-strike agreement between Steelworkers President I.W. Abel and the ten major steel companies, made without a vote by the membership of the union. Featuring Staughton Lynd. Continue reading

  • [Where's I.W. Abel? raw #1]

    [Where's I.W. Abel? raw #1]

    Made by Kartemquin and a rank-and-file steel workers caucus, the film documents the opposition of the rank-and-file to the no-strike agreement between Steelworkers President I.W. Abel and the ten major steel companies, made without a vote by the membership of the union. Featuring Staughton Lynd. Continue reading

  • Pete Seeger: A Gentle Soul

    Pete Seeger: A Gentle Soul

    Today, we pay tribute to Pete Seeger, one of the greatest American singers, political role models, and human beings. He lived his 94 years to the fullest, never wavering from his beliefs in the dignity of all people, civil rights, the environment, and decency, even when he was questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. His musical and personal legacy will live on for generations. In fact, it already has! He was in Chicago in 1991 to be … Continue reading

  • Growing Up Bonobo

    Growing Up Bonobo

    We’re excited to show you the trailer for the new short documentary produced by Skip Blumberg and Tom Weinberg, as a not-for-profit project of Media Burn. Every view of the trailer will help the film get selected for a premiere at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York this spring, so please help us by checking it out! Growing Up Bonobo: Photographer Marian Brickner coming soon! A unique upbeat short about an endangered species, and the inspired photographer who … Continue reading

  • [Chicago Reader #4]

    [Chicago Reader #4]

    Interview with Neil Tesser and Pat Clinton at the Chicago Reader. Continue reading

  • “Our kind of video”: Nelson Mandela and South Africa through the eyes of Andrew Jones

    “Our kind of video”: Nelson Mandela and South Africa through the eyes of Andrew Jones

    When Nelson Mandela died on December 5th, mainstream news media almost universally presented Mandela as a one-dimensional hero for his iconic life and accomplishments. But now that a lot of the coverage has waned, we want to give you another look at Mandela and his impact on South Africans. The archival footage we’ve put together here doesn’t try to give you a complete story of Mandela’s political career. This is a series of video snapshots, moments in time recorded along … Continue reading

  • Mayor Daley proclaims “Wild Chicago Day”- 1996

    Mayor Daley proclaims “Wild Chicago Day”- 1996

    On the occasion of our 100th episode, we decided to see if we could persuade the Mayor’s Office to issue a proclamation recognizing WILD CHICAGO DAY. It was surprisingly easy. We handed off the document to Field Producer Mike McAlpin one afternoon to see who he might convince to read our official city proclamation on-camera. Playing along were: Kup, Richard Roeper, Stella Foster, Cook County Clerk David Orr, Ald. Burt Natarus, Ald, Bernie Stone and Ald. Dorothy Tillman.

  • We don’t care when*

    We don’t care when*

    *Today, tomorrow, whenever… Media Burn needs your support all the time!             Dear Friend of Media Burn: Happy new year! 2014… a milestone year for the Media Burn Independent Video Archive. Ten years ago, all we had was a storefront full of videotapes and the knowledge that they were incredibly important and deteriorating quickly. Since then we have restored, permanently saved, and made freely available more than 2,500 historically significant videotapes, and they have been … Continue reading