A Look Back At A Special 2014

2014 Video Ball

Dear Friends:

With your help, we’ve come a long way in our first decade.

From a storefront full of tapes and a core group of early believers, Media Burn has become an internationally respected leader in the moving image archiving community.

Our videos have been viewed more than 12 million times around the world.

2014 was our best year ever. (See below for details).

We’ve been able to thrive due the generous support of funders like the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Archives/NHPRC, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus foundation, and others, BUT…

We couldn’t have survived and been able to continue our critical work of saving the videotapes of independent producers without YOU!

We still need your help. Please commit today to being part of our future by making a tax-deductible donation.

Thanks, as always.

Tom Sara



 Media Burn Independent Video Archive

2014 Highlights

* We settled in to a beautiful new loft space in River West in Chicago.

* With more than 150 of you, we celebrated with a Video Ball on the roof.

* We partnered with Kartemquin Films to restore 20 of their oldest and most fragile reel-to-reel videotapes.

* We’ve expanded our sources of earned income by offering professional videotape digitization services to broadcast, corporate, and individual clients.

* We presented dozens of insightful and timely video blogs that provided a historical perspective on current events, such as the demonstrations in Ferguson, MO and the death of former Mayor Jane Byrne.

* We helped produce “Let’s Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel” at the University of Chicago. It was a full weekend celebrating Studs’ life and legacy, attended by more than 1,000 people.

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