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  • Screening: Historic Social Justice Videos

    Screening: Historic Social Justice Videos

    Premiere screenings with Q&ASaturday Feb 23 and Sun Feb 24 NANCY BUCHANAN, whose breakthrough videos on art and politics are recognized worldwide, will be screening two Chicago premieres on February 23 at 7pm at Uri-Eichen Gallery and Feb 24 at 2pm at the National Public Housing Museum. The videos are from the Message to the Grassroots TV series, produced by Michael Zinzun (1949-2006), a former Black Panther, tireless community organizer, and architect of the 1992 Watts gang truce. Nancy Buchanan, a Los Angeles artist who uses … Continue reading

  • The Weird and Wild World of Sex in the ’90s

    The Weird and Wild World of Sex in the ’90s

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day by exploring the weird world of love in the ’90s. Watch videos of a man who sells condom dispensers, a couple who met in an online sex chatroom, and the wild world of horse breeding. Get to Know Mr. Condom Ever wonder who stocks the condom dispensers in bathrooms and bars? Meet Nolan Panisak, aka Mr. Condom, from Trevor, Wisconsin. In this clip from “The ’90s,”  Joe Cummings interviews Nolan to learn about his business and what flavor lube goes best with … Continue reading

 

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  • Before Ida B. Wells Drive, There Were the Ida B. Wells Homes

    Before Ida B. Wells Drive, There Were the Ida B. Wells Homes

    After today, Congress Parkway will now be known as Ida B. Wells Drive. This dedication marks the first downtown street to be named after an African American woman. Ida B. Wells was an investigative journalist, civil rights activist, and suffragist. She was also a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as several other national organizations. In the 1890s, she investigated and exposed instances of white mob violence and lynching in the South. Her work against lynching led … Continue reading

  • Watch and Share Your Favorite Family Movies at Home Video Day

    Watch and Share Your Favorite Family Movies at Home Video Day

    Dig out those old video tapes and bring them to Home Video Day this Friday! We worked with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Video Data Bank to put on this event that invites you to laugh and cry at the touching and beguiling world of home movies made public. If you don’t have any tapes, you can sit back and watch decades past as captured by others. If you don’t quite remember what’s on a tape, there will be stations … Continue reading

  • In Football, It’s All Fun and Games Even If Someone Gets Hurt

    In Football, It’s All Fun and Games Even If Someone Gets Hurt

    In anticipation of this Sunday, we pulled a few clips from the archive from TVTV’s coverage of the 1976 Super Bowl that highlight football’s effects on the body. Continue reading

  • Each One, Teach One: A Tribute to Michael Zinzun

    Each One, Teach One: A Tribute to Michael Zinzun

    A series of eulogies from the funeral of Michael Zinzun — the prominent Civil Rights activist — examine his life and impact on the world. This is done in the context of the Black Panther Party, as the Party’s manifesto is read out, each of the ten demands paralleling some part of Zinzun’s life or personal creed. The stories are truly amazing, and to position them within such a context is chillingly adept. Continue reading

  • Remembering Chicago’s 1979 Blizzard

    Remembering Chicago’s 1979 Blizzard

    It’s going to be a freezing cold weekend in Chicago, with temperatures dropping into the negatives. If you’re avoiding the outdoors at all costs, curl up with some of these videos from the archive about the 1979 blizzard.  In January of 1979, a massive blizzard hit Chicago. While only 2 to 4 inches of snow were expected, the city was actually hit with approximately 21 inches. The snow remained on the ground until the beginning of March, which became a political issue … Continue reading

  • A Brief History of 1/2″ Video Tape and Why It Needs to be Preserved

    A Brief History of 1/2″ Video Tape and Why It Needs to be Preserved

    By the mid-1960s, broadcast television had firmly cemented its place as the most powerful medium of mass communication in history. Then, in 1965, the Sony Portapak 1⁄2” video camera was released. Since the Portapak was affordable, portable, and easy to use, it was quickly seized upon by artists and activists as a revolutionary tool for communication that had the potential to decentralize television production and distribution; ordinary people could tell their own stories. The vision fit perfectly with the social … Continue reading

  • We Can Make It Work

    We Can Make It Work

    00:00 Video opens with announcement from the Caribbean Council for the Blind and title image: We Can Make it Work. 00:27 Camera opens on the back of a man who is feeding chickens. A woman narrator speaks about the importance of access to the world of work to be able to meet the basic needs of living and contribute to community, while the camera shows community members completing various jobs. 00:50 Narrator speaks about the success of blind and visually … Continue reading

  • Remembering Chicago Video Artist, Arturo Cubacub

    Remembering Chicago Video Artist, Arturo Cubacub

    Influential video artist, director, and editor Arturo Cubacub passed away on December 28. The award-winning filmmaker was the president of I-Cubed Productions and was an innovator for new technologies and techniques in filmmaking. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois, Cubacub was an instructor at The Chicago Editing Center. From there, Cubacub worked at various editing houses, working in graphics, post production, and effects editing. Cubacub then moved into directing, creating works such as his … Continue reading