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  • And This is Free

    And This is Free

    “‘And This Is Free’ is the fascinating personal vision of life around Chicago’s Maxwell Street open air market shot by award winning photographer Mike Shea [capturing] the gritty urban landscape that nurtured Chicago blues… Shot with a handheld camera in the cinema verite style… the film crew spent every weekend on Maxwell Street over a six month period… The flow of everyday details – overheard conversation, faces in the crowd, items strewn in a vendor’s stall – captivates the viewer with the power of authenticity.” The film uses the footage to illustrate a Sunday afternoon on Maxwell Street in 1964. Continue reading

  • American Roots Music Chicago

    American Roots Music Chicago

    “American Roots Music: Chicago” provides a history of Chicago blues, jazz, and folk music through archival photographs and film. Several notable musicians, such as B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Pete Seeger, and Jeff Tweedy reflect on what they’ve inherited from their predecessors. Harold Ramis narrates biographical segments on Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Benny Goodman, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, the Staple Sisters, Willie Dixon, and Big Bill Broonzy. The documentary also covers the rise of folk and polka in Chicago. Other topics include the Great Migration, the rise of radio and phonograph records, electric musical instruments, the National Barn Dance radio program, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. The documentary ends with a sampling of musical genres and venues active in Chicago. Continue reading

  • Blues in the Big House

    Blues in the Big House

    Raw footage shot for THE 90’s. Raw footage of a concert at Cook County Jail featuring an inmate band and the All Bubba Blues Band. Interviews with members of both bands takes place backstage. Continue reading

  • [Walking dog – Maxwell Street – blues band]

    [Walking dog – Maxwell Street – blues band]

    Raw footage of taking the dog for a walk, a trip to Maxwell Street Market, and a street blues band performance. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: Checkerboard Lounge, Van Gogh auction]

    [The 90’s raw: Checkerboard Lounge, Van Gogh auction]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s. The first half of the tape is from the Checkerboard Lounge on February 28, 1991. Angio relaxes and talks to patrons in the famous blues club Checkerboard Lounge on Chicago’s South Side. The exposure is pretty bad so faces don’t register well. The second half is tape of Van Gogh auction on March 10, 1991. Joe Angio goes to an auction house in Chicago where a recently discovered Vincent Van Gogh painting is being sold. Artist Tony Fitzpatrick accompanies him, interviews people attending the show and does some commentary of his own. “This isn’t about art, it’s about money. It seems like money can buy culture.” The painting sells for $1,300,000. Continue reading

  • Goin’ to Chicago.

    Goin’ to Chicago.

    The story of a group of African-Americans who take a homecoming trip from Chicago to Greenville, MS serves as a vehicle to trace the story of the mass migration of African-Americans from the rural south to Chicago between 1915 and 1960. The migration story focuses on the racism, sharecropping, and unemployment that prompted migration from the south, and tells how African-Americans were able to build new lives in Chicago. It also shows the struggles of living in Chicago, including the racist restrictive-housing covenants, and the overcrowded housing projects; also includes the unemployment problem in Chicago after the closing of the stockyards and steel mills in the latter part of the 20th century. Interviewees include Vernon Jarrett and Koko Taylor. Vintage/newsreel footage includes clips of cotton picking, the Chicago stockyards, Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Chicago’s Maxwell Street market, Joe Louis (the boxer), and Harold Washington. Continue reading

  • Danger Man

    Documentary about successful folk/blues/bluegrass/rock musician David Bromberg’s final tour with his 11-piece band, which he broke up in order fulfill his dream of becoming a violinmaker. Most of the documentary is spent watching Bromberg and his band perform. There is some interview footage with Bromberg and his band members in between performances. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0421

    Image Union, episode 0421

    This episode of Image Union features “Mark Naftalin’s Blue Monday Party” by Videotunes. Mark Naftalin (piano) and his band perform a blues concert. John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite, Luther Tucker, and Frances Clay are guest stars. Continue reading