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  • Oct 15: Logan Square Lost & Found

    Oct 15: Logan Square Lost & Found

    October 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Logan Square Centennial Monument, built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Illinois statehood. This event will commemorate this crossing into a new century by looking back at forgotten histories of Logan Square and opening discussion about the next 100 years of the neighborhood. A special part of the night will be the presentation of excerpts from August Nights (1980) and Back Porch (1980) by Chuck Kleinhans (1942-2017). These will be introduced by Kartemquin … Continue reading

  • Pop up Studs Terkel exhibit at Media Burn October 12

    Pop up Studs Terkel exhibit at Media Burn October 12

    Every October, Media Burn participates in Chicago Open Archives, an event that gives attendees a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at collections and spaces not normally open to the public. This year, we’re adding something special as part of the tour. We will be converting our back office into “Studs’ Place,” an exhibit that will display tapes, letters, books, and other items we received from Terkel’s home. None of these objects are usually accessible to the public. Whether you’re … Continue reading


New Videos

  • BOSTON is coming to Chicago September 21-22!

    BOSTON is coming to Chicago September 21-22!

    Don’t miss this chance to get energized for the upcoming Bank of America Chicago Marathon and see the film on the big screen at the beautiful Showplace Icon Cinema! The film was produced by Jon Dunham, Eleanor Bingham Miller, and Megan Williams in 2017. The feature length movie is the fast paced history of the oldest US marathon (first race was in 1896). It is a wonderful experience for runners and non-runners alike. Jeff Beal’s soaring soundtrack, recorded by the … Continue reading

  • Rare memorabilia and experiences in the MB auction!

    Rare memorabilia and experiences in the MB auction!

    Auction ends Sunday, September 16, at 5:00pm central time. Bid now!  

  • August 1968: The Whole World Was Watching

    August 1968: The Whole World Was Watching

    In case you’ve missed the hubbub of commemorations this week that marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, we want to add our archival gem. It’s about six minutes. The video is from the two-and-a-half-hour special broadcast on WTTW / Channel 11 on the tenth anniversary of the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902-1976).  It was produced by Media Burn founder Tom Weinberg and hosted by legendary Chicago journalist John Callaway (1936-2009). The segment … Continue reading

  • Pop Video Test: Chicago Video Art, part 1

    “The Pop Video Test” was a joint effort between Scott Jacobs and Tom Weinberg of the Chicago Editing Center, and the Video Group of the Bell and Howell Corporation. This cooperative effort between the independent video community and a corporate video distributor was intended to test the viability of the home video market. The videomakers assembled ten hours of video pieces meant as an alternative to available pre-recorded programming (ie Hollywood movies). Fifty VCR owners in the Chicago area agreed to examine and review the tapes. Test viewers then received the programming two hours at a time, in groupings labeled Video Art, Documentary, Entertainment, and Potpourri. Continue reading

  • [Quentin Young tape #3]

    Dr. Quentin Young at the house Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived in Chicago in the 1960s, as well as Cook County Hospital. Continue reading

  • [Quentin Young tape #2]

  • [Quentin Young tape #1]

    Dr. Quentin Young at Grant Park, Federal Building, Daley Plaza, and Bughouse Square. Continue reading

  • [Aaron Hilkevitch interview]

    Aaron Hilkevitch (1912-2008) was a Chicago-area psychiatrist and the last surviving member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade that fought in the Spanish Civil War. Continue reading