Next week at Media Burn… plus tigers!

It’s going to be a busy week at Media Burn!

We are honored and pleased to be participating for our fourth year in the University of Michigan School of Information’s Alternative Spring Break Program. UMSI’s accomplished students volunteer for spring break internships at nonprofit and government institutions in Chicago, Detroit, New York and Washington, D.C. Five graduate students will be spending next week at Media Burn, lending us their technical expertise, creativity, and energy to improve our ability to serve our audience. They are studying Archives and Records Management, Human Computer Interaction, Information Economics for Management, and Social Computing, and also have backgrounds in education and video production. The previous three years have been incredible experiences for us. Watch for exciting changes to, particularly in the Educators section!

Here’s what some of our previous ASB students had to say about their time at Media Burn:

“Breaks from work were filled with stimulating conversations on how people’s access of information and film has changed over the past thirty years. What Media Burn lacked in grand financial and infrastructure resources, they made up for with inherent virtues (dedicated staff, incredible videos, unique purpose, strong connection to the history of Chicago and its citizens). I am amazed at how quickly I was able to adapt to the challenges I found there. What a great feeling to work in a friendly and welcoming place that makes you part of a community.”

On Saturday March 9th, we’ll head down to the Drake Hotel for a workshop at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2013 conference called “To Preserve Disorder: Moving Image Archiving and Preservation in Chicago.” It was organized by Northwestern University’s Jacqueline Stewart, and we’ll be joined by our colleagues Tom Colley (Video Data Bank), Carolyn Faber (Kartemquin Films), and Nancy Watrous (Chicago Film Archives). Sara will be presenting a case study of the preservation of our 1992 election Hi-8mm collection, a project supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Save America’s Treasures program and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

Oh, and this! March 9th, 8-11pm, SCMS Screen Test at Gallery 400 at UIC, 400 S. Peoria Street.
Live the Warholian Experience at a Multiple-Projection Event: Fifteen minutes of fame. Local film and video institutions will screen samples that showcase Chicago’s diverse moving image landscape, including Chicago Film Archives, Video Data Bank, Chicago Filmmakers, The Nightingale Theatre, South Side Projections, Media Burn Archive, Fire Escape Films, and more. Enjoy free food, a cash bar, a DJ, an art installation. And star in your own “screen test” as legendary Chicago filmmaker Judy Hoffman documents our “auditions” for the ages. Hoffman, Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, has worked with Jean Rouch, Albert Maysles,among many others, and was a founding member of Kartemquin Films. Are you the next Candy Darling or Joe Dallesandro? Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

As if that wasn’t enough… tigers, leopards and panthers!

Shot by Patrick Creadon for Chicago Slices in 1993. You can also watch his entire trip to the Brookfield Zoo.



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