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  • 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

  • Rescheduled! When Harold Washington Beat the Machine, February 15 @ 4 PM

    As the 2015 Chicago mayoral election approaches, pitting a seemingly unbeatable incumbent against a variety of underdog challengers, join us and our partners at the Black Cinema House for a look at another mayoral election, more than thirty years ago: Harold Washington’s improbable election to become the first African American mayor of Chicago. Three rarely screened films about that election and Washington’s brief tenure as mayor explore the role of racism and entrenched Democratic machine power in that historic era. … Continue reading

  • Bill Goes to Iowa: Tape 3

    Bill Goes to Iowa: Tape 3

    Camera original footage of the 1996 Iowa caucuses. This tape features footage of the Lamar Alexander and Phil Gramm campaigns in February 1996. Continue reading

  • Remembering Andrew Patner

    Remembering Andrew Patner

    Andrew Patner died suddenly last Tuesday, February 3. He was 55.Andrew had become an old-style Chicago icon, a 21st century version of his dear friend and mentor, Studs Terkel. In this video, produced at the University of Chicago during an Alumni Association event, we get a glimpse of Andrew and Studs together in 2004. After Studs died, Andrew thought it was important that this video be part of Media Burn’s permanent Terkel collection, saying, “It is one of the only … Continue reading

  • [Gang Truce at Cabrini Green]

    [Gang Truce at Cabrini Green]

    A gang truce was negotiated in Cabrini Green following the death of Dantrell Davis. Government officials, law enforcement, and community leaders disagree on whether the gang truce or increased security measures are responsible for the ongoing peace in the project. Continue reading

  • POSTPONED: Remembering Harold Washington

    POSTPONED: Remembering Harold Washington

    Due to inclement weather, today’s screening of “Remembering Harold Washington” at Black Cinema House has been postponed. We’ll send an update when we have a new date. In the meantime, Skippy the snowball has tips on being safe and avoiding tickets during Chicago snowstorms.

  • Mr. Cubs’ Last Stand

    Mr. Cubs’ Last Stand

    On February 16, 1986, the Cubs and Mets revived the 1969 season to play an exhibition series in Arizona. Ernie Banks was 54. This video is probably Banks’ last hit and last putout in any game. It’s an excellent example of the kind of video we have produced over the years. Shot on the field with Ernie on a radio mic, it’s a contrast to what’s been seen on “regular” TV. Enjoy. Check out more on Ernie and the Cubs … Continue reading

  • Remembering Harold Washington: Join us at Black Cinema House, February 1st, 2 PM

    Remembering Harold Washington: Join us at Black Cinema House, February 1st, 2 PM

    Harold Washington’s time in office was relatively brief, but he still continues to hold a memorable place in our political history, as the first and only elected African-American mayor of Chicago. Locals remember his thrilling potential as a reformer and the deadlock caused by the “Council Wars” as “the Eddies” (Vrdolyak and Burke) thwarted his every move in the city council. Washington died suddenly on November 25, 1987, shortly after beginning his second term in office.On February 1, South Side … Continue reading