On March 12, legendary Chicago blues musician Dion Payton passed away. In an obituary for the Chicago Sun Times, Zac Clingenpeel writes that Payton’s “style, talent and personality inspired many musicians.” With his signature Gibson Les Paul 25/50 Anniversary Edition, Payton entertained Chicago crowds with crisp and climbing blues riffs for over three decades. With his 43rd Street Blues Band, Payton played regular gigs at Kingston Mines as well as the Checkerboard Lounge. Skeptical of the big business of music and dubious … Continue reading
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Click here to watch THE VASULKA EFFECT (2020, Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, Iceland/Czech Republic, 87 mins) available through 4/1/21 Click here to watch the virtual Q&A On Friday, March 26 the Gene Siskel Film Center hosted a virtual Q&A for the doc, THE VASULKA EFFECT, a documentary portraying the life and work of pioneers of video art Steina and Woody Vasulka, with director Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, electronic art pioneer Dan Sandin, and Media Burn Archive executive director Sara Chapman. The conversation was be moderated by Amy Beste, director of public programs … Continue reading
On April 15th, 2021, join Media Burn and VDB for a live-only screening of No Hop Sing, No Bruce Lee with director Janice Tanaka and co-director David Gallardo, moderated by Stephen Gong. Continue reading
On April 1st, 2021, Media Burn will present a screening of excerpts from the upcoming film Walk with Frank. Frank Romero andboth Ryan and Matt Mayers will join for a conversation moderated by Yana Khashper.
For three decades, Roger Mudd epitomized network TV news. It is difficult now, in an age saturated with media personalities, to imagine just how influential anchors like Mudd were in their time. Serving as a primary face of news networks from CBS to PBS, Mudd played a crucial role in shaping the political consciousness of the US from the 1960s to the 1980s. Working alongside such noteworthy anchormen as Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, and Tom Brokaw, Mudd addressed viewers with … Continue reading
In 1999, Beyondmedia began working with 42 recently released women at Grace House in Chicago. After participating in a media production workshop these women produced an award-winning video, What We Leave Behind, to educate the public about some of the causes and effects of women’s incarceration. Over 200 groups nationwide now use this video as an organizing and educational tool and many former prisoners have developed as public speakers and advocates through facilitating audience discussions with screenings.
Through Beyondmedia’s Women and Prison program, incarcerated women and girls, former prisoners and their families use media arts to voice their stories, promoting public dialogue, healing and community organizing. Since 1997, Beyondmedia has collaborated extensively with women and girls in prison and after their incarceration to create interdisciplinary, multimedia educational forums on women and prison. Continue reading
00:15 The host of the program, Bobby Viola (James Belushi), introduces himself in an auto garage, and welcomes the audience to the car show for “the cheapskate, the tightwad, the skinflint.” He introduces the rest of his crew, and promises to show the viewer how to pick up a car “for reeeeal cheap.” 01:40 Viola and friends arrive at “North Park and Eugene.” Pretending to be FBI agents, they stop a car, eject the driver and passenger and drive off; … Continue reading