Media Burn Screening This Saturday!

First off, thanks to everyone who attended our screening on the Chicago City Council last Saturday! It was great to see some familiar faces. We really appreciate your support!

Secondly, we’re proud to say that we’re having another screening this Saturday!

As part of the “50 Alderman/50 Artists” project, Media Burn is presenting a screening of rare archival video paired with our always insightful commentary. The art show features photographs, paintings and posters of all 50 current aldermen (with substitutes for the two vacant seats), paired with biographical information. It’s a fascinating look at the politics of this city, and you shouldn’t miss it! The exhibition and the screening will take place at Johalla Gallery, 1561 N. Milwaukee. Admission is free, so please come out and join us.

Saturday, March 27 at 2pm.

Screening: VITO by Tom Weinberg, 1978, 60 minutes.

Nobody exemplified the old-style machine politics of the Richard J. Daley era better than Alderman Vito Marzullo, who ruled the West Side 25th Ward virtually unchallenged from 1953 to 1985. This documentary classic reveals how the business of Chicago politics was conducted in that era, with an inside view of the legendary alderman fielding requests for jobs and street cleaning in his ward office, doing tit-for-tat deals with his fellow aldermen on the floor of the City Council, and revealing his personal life in his modest home with his wife of 65 years, Letizia.

Director Tom Weinberg will be present to talk about what went on behind the scenes of the 25th ward and the making of this remarkable video portrait.

Here are some links to articles about the event:

50 Aldermen/50 Artists Blog

Rick Kogan’s Feature on the project

Chicago Tribune Article and Photo Spread

Huffington Post Blog and Photos

New York Times Article and Photos



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