Compilation episode of Image Union featuring "The Happy Bus" by Lilly Ollinger, "Christmas Eve at Gordon's" by Jay Tannenbaum, "Chairs" by Nick Despota, John Mabey, and Bob Snyder, "Christmas Morning in Sister Bay" by Dan Sandin, and "Nicaragua Report" "by Juan Downey. In between videos, there is footage of a Chicago holiday parade. It features footage of Mayor Jane Byrne, various politicians, and numerous floats.
00:00Copy video clip URL Image Union opening.
00:47Copy video clip URL 1979 Chicago Thanksgiving parade footage featuring Mayor Jane Byrne, shot by Scott Jacobs.
01:16Copy video clip URL “The Happy Bus” by Lilly Ollinger. B&W video. A short documentary about a Chicago bus driver who preaches the gospel to his passengers.
04:13Copy video clip URL “Christmas Eve at Gordon’s” by Jay Tannenbaum. B & W film. A short documentary about the night before Christmas at a small neighborhood grocery store. Customers come in and out buying goods for their holiday celebrations.
11:09Copy video clip URL “Chairs” by Nick Despota, John Mabey, and Bob Snyder. Color video. Footage of the Chicago blizzard of 1979 set to music. We see piles of snow and chairs saving shoveled parking spaces.
12:48Copy video clip URL “Christmas Morning in Sister Bay” by Dan Sandin. Image Processor. Computer altered/enhanced video. An experimental video in which sounds of waves gently reaching the shore and church bells playing Christmas carols are heard while computer processed video pans across the beach of Sister Bay.
16:52Copy video clip URL “Nicaragua Report” by Juan Downey. Through narration over still photographs, this tape pays tribute to the 40,000 Nicaraguans who gave their lives in the revolution against the Somoza dictatorship. “A man who once knew Sandino said that Sandino did not have the face of a soldier, but rather, the face of a poet who became a soldier out of necessity. And the same thing could be said of today’s Sandinistas, that they do not have the faces of soldiers, but rather the faces of poets who became soldiers out of necessity.” It was provided by the The Instituto de Cine Nicaraguense in celebration of the first Christmas in 45 years free from Somoza rule.
24:07Copy video clip URL 1979 Chicago Thanksgiving parade footage featuring Skippy the Snowball, shot by Scott Jacobs plays under Image Union end credits.