Ringing In the New Year with Image Union

Ring in 2019 with Image Union’s 10th anniversary special and New Year’s celebration. In this special, host and Chicago performer Donna Blue Lachman counted down some of Image Union’s best videos, from comedy sketches to animation. Besides celebrating a new year, the special reinforced the importance of experimental filmmaking and why it needs to be preserved. In the video below, Lachman introduces the special and how the countdown is structured. She’s joined by Image Union’s own Bob, who is featured prominently throughout the program. 

What Is Behind Bob?

Bob, the mascot for Image Union and created by animator Jane Aaron, is interviewed by John Callaway on a very special Chicago Tonight entitled “What is behind Bob?”

“I Remember Riverview” by Phil Ranstrom

A 1983 retrospective on the former Chicago amusement park complete with a ride on one of its most famous roller coasters! This was part of the Chicago Characters category in the Image Union countdown. 

Studs Terkel and Bob

Chicago legend Studs Terkel gives his two cents on Bob. While Bob may be made of cardboard, he “assumes flesh and blood characteristics, much like Image Union.”

“Machine Song” by Chel White

Made in 1983, “Machine Song” explores the mass production of both items and humans. This was shown as part of the countdown’s animation category.

“To Be Announced” by Nate Herman

In this parody, a news announcer, played by Marty Robinson, pleads for funds in order to keep public television afloat in a telethon with only one phone. The kicker: the studio is being demolished around him. This film was made in 1979 and was part of Image Union’s comedy category. 

Want to watch the whole special on your New Year’s Eve? You can check it out on Media Burn.



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