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  • Documentary Project on COVID-19

    Documentary Project on COVID-19

    This summer, we are welcoming five student interns who are working on a video project to document their observations, thoughts, and reflection during the pandemic. Currently staying in different cities in the US and around the world, they are all excited to share their unique experiences and stories through short videos.  During the past few weeks, every one of them has made a short video that introduces themselves as well as their project ideas to you all. Check out these videos … Continue reading

  • Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Tom Weinberg

    Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Tom Weinberg

    Join Media Burn’s founder, Tom Weinberg, for the third in our series of events focused on video pioneers. Continue reading

  • Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Eleanor Boyer

    Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Eleanor Boyer

    UPDATE: You can watch Eleanor Boyer’s entire screening and discussion on Vimeo at this link. Be sure to sign up for Media Burn’s mailing list to hear about future events! July 16th, 2020 – 6pm PT / 7pm CT / 8pm ET Free, hour-long screening and discussion Click here to register now! Video continues to be a force in generating social change and exposing the realities of life in America. Media Burn Archive is proud to announce the second installment … Continue reading

  • “Comic Relief” by Ira Schneider

    “Comic Relief” by Ira Schneider

    Ira Schneider constructed this 45-minute compilation of his works for an event hosted by Media Burn in the summer of 2020. Continue reading

  • Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Ira Schneider

    Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Ira Schneider

    Join Media Burn Archive for a digital screening and discussion of the radical power that video can have in enacting social change. Continue reading

  • Historic Happy Hour with Chicago Detours + Media Burn: 6/15 at 6pm

    Historic Happy Hour with Chicago Detours + Media Burn: 6/15 at 6pm

    Since 2010, Chicago Detours has been offering fun and educational guided walking tours and bus tours of Chicago architecture, history and culture to public and private groups. Their cool Chicago walking tours bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know. They were voted “Best Tour of Chicago 2019”! As part of their Historic Happy Hour series, Chicago Detours Executive Director Amanda Scotese will talk with Media Burn Executive Director Sara Chapman about Media Burn’s work preserving … Continue reading

  • A sunny day, Italian ice, and the old neighborhood: Ben Hollis on “stoop talk”

    A sunny day, Italian ice, and the old neighborhood: Ben Hollis on “stoop talk”

    Almost everywhere in the world, we are building new routines that keep us in a very limited geographic orbit. But, we are still finding ways to connect with friends, family, and neighbors. People are spending more time on porches, balconies, and yards chatting, singing, eating, and dancing with whoever passes by. In many ways, we are becoming friendlier than ever before. In this 1995 video, Chicago favorite Ben Hollis hangs out with residents of Taylor Street as they sit on … Continue reading

  • August 29,1968: The Whole World Was Watching

    August 29,1968: The Whole World Was Watching

    In light of worldwide protests following the murder of George Floyd, it’s valuable to put these radical times in context with the demonstrations in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The independent Kerner Commission report determined that it was a “a police riot.” Television viewers around the world were stunned to see police beating anti-war demonstrators after the city had become an armed camp. The video is from the two-and-a-half-hour special broadcast on WTTW / Channel 11 on the tenth … Continue reading