FOUR ways to entertain yourself with Media Burn

Dear Media Burn friends,

Have you missed us as much as we’ve missed you while our virtual event series has been on break for the past few weeks? We’re excited to announce a portion of our upcoming winter slate of events, starting on January 5th!

Plus, other options for experiencing Media Burn stuff, whether you’re a movie buff, an art lover, or a book worm.

If you have already donated to our end of year campaign, THANK YOU!!!
If not, please take a moment to express your support by making a tax-deductible contribution today.

Read on for information about all four things you can do:

Our Virtual Talks with Video Activists event series resumes on Jan 5!
We kick off with activist documentarian Eddie Becker and his filming of the Jan 6, 2021 riots. This winter, we’re also featuring two sneak previews of work-in-progress films that you can’t see anywhere else: one about the struggles of Chicago’s southeast side after the closure of the steel mills, and another about the legendary TV Lab at WNET/Channel 13 where artists pushed the boundaries of television. Another event will feature a screening/discussion of Jill Godmilow’s film For Teachers and Students–Notes and Images from the Viet Nam War. And that’s not all! More events announced soon!

Never tried one of our events? Take it from a satisfied viewer: “I really like your events, and it’s always fun getting a Zoom glance or 2 at Sara Chapman’s fine cat.”


Media Burn footage is featured in Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras’ highly acclaimed new film, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed.
The documentary, which was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is about artist Nan Goldin and her crusade against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. It is currently being distributed theatrically by Neon and will be available for streaming and television through HBO Documentary Films. Media Burn contributed never-aired footage of the 1989 Art Emergency protest in Tribeca shot by Skip Blumberg for The 90’s TV show.

Artist Nan Goldin and friends picnic on the Esplanade in Boston in 1973. Photo: Nan Goldin/HBO

Media Burn footage is currently on exhibition at the 58th Carnegie International. 
Is it morning for you yet? is on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art through April 2, 2023. Organized by Sohrab Mohebbi, the exhibition traces the geopolitical imprint of the United States since 1945 to situate the “international” within a local context. Media Burn’s contribution included an episode of Message to the Grassroots, the 1990s cable access show produced by former Black Panther Michael Zinzun.


We were regognized in Newcity’s Film 50 2022.
“The work of running a nonprofit arts organization is one where you wear every kind of hat imaginable,” says Sara Chapman, executive director of the Media Burn Archive, founded in 2003 by local video pioneer Tom Weinberg. “The guiding force is a desire to find cool stuff and get to show it to people.”

Sara Chapman. Photo: Sally Blood (Sandy Morris)

PS Anyone who contributes will be entered into a drawing to win one of three great prizes: a dual membership to the Gene Siskel Film Center, two tickets to a performance at Steep Theatre, or two tickets to a performance at Raven Theatre.



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