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  • [Chicago Slices raw: Marc Smith]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Marc Smith]

    Raw footage for “Chicago Slices,” a series documenting life in and around Chicago, that aired on WPWR-50 in the early 1990s. This video covers the semi-final of a poetry slam at the Green Mill, and consists mostly of short clips of various poets, as well as Marc Smith’s entire poem. Continue reading

  • [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #42]

    [Veeck: A Man For Any Season raw #42]

    Raw footage for the documentary Veeck: A Man For Any Season. This tape continues an interview with Bill Veeck at home. The tape begins in the middle of him discussing what it is like to be disfigured. He describes various public health perceptions about leprosy and cancer. Later, he talks about his “ongoing love affair” with the English language and quotes Rudyard Kipling’s “The Wolf.” The end of the tape is footage of glass mobiles hanging inside and in Veeck’s backyard. Continue reading

  • Song of the River

    Song of the River

    Children of the rainforest /
    intrinsically woven into the fabric of life /
    with one spirit, one voice, one people /
    that the song of the river is your own–

    Barbara L. Sykes.

    “Based upon my poem of Borneo’s indigenous cultures, ‘Song of the River’ is as much a visual poem and mystic story as it is an experimental ethnographic documentary. Shot while traveling up Sarawak’s Rajang River to various longhouses of different indigenous tribes, this tape is an intimate and personal portrayal of the harmonious relationship Borneo’s indigenous people have with one another, and with the river, animals, birds and rainforest. It is a devotional piece honoring the spirituality, wisdom, integrity and essential qualities of respect and appreciation for life that these people have.

    ‘Song of the River’ is the second tape produced for ‘In Celebration of Life…. In Celebration of Death…’ a series of tapes shot during my fourteen month sabbatical and Chicago Artists Abroad Artists Residency in intensive research and videotape production in primarily Asia, and later, the Mid-East and Africa. The series reveals the religious, cultural and philosophical beliefs of various indigenous cultures by exploring their rituals, dance, music and daily activities.

    From birth to death, special rites and ceremonies mark the important events of one’s existence, assuring a symbiosis of body and soul with the divine. This deep relationship between the people and their gods are reaffirmed through daily activity. At times, the person symbolically becomes god, strengthening their own sense of sacredness and self-respect.–Barbara Sykes Continue reading

  • I Am A Woman

    I Am A Woman

    This tape features footage from a women’s art show with audio of poetry readings by women. Continue reading

  • This Week In Joe’s Basement, episode 56: Anton’s Science Project

    This Week In Joe’s Basement, episode 56: Anton’s Science Project

    AIR DATES: January 25, February 1, 1992 Continue reading

  • [The 90s raw: Bits And Pieces of Skip’s World]

    [The 90s raw: Bits And Pieces of Skip’s World]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s shot by Skip Blumberg. A variety of everyday scenes are pictured: African American at-risk youth read poems predicting the state of affairs in the 1990s. A woman feeds squirrels on a park bench in England. Most of the video is from a baseball game between the Cuban national team and the Indians [?] in Granada, Nicaragua. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: Gil Scott-Heron]

    [The 90’s raw: Gil Scott-Heron]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s. Skip Blumberg talks with poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron in Harlem about race and racism. “What I meant by the phrase ‘the revolution will not be televised’ was, the first revolution takes place in your mind. …It’s not something you can catch on film. …It’ll just be something that you see and you just realize, ‘Hey, I’m on the wrong page.'” Continue reading

  • [Weekend TV 2-hour special]

    [Weekend TV 2-hour special]

    0:38 Weekend TV opening. People tell what they want to see on TV. Continue reading