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  • “We need to understand how the media and politicians divide us all…”

    “We need to understand how the media and politicians divide us all…”

    Democracies around the globe are in peril as systematic disinformation campaigns divide well-meaning communities and wear away public trust.  Widespread protests around the world have led to state crackdowns on free expression.   Here’s how Media Burn is fighting back. We have been creating international partnerships of journalists, media makers, students, and teachers to investigate and speak out about media distortion and how it damages democracy in all countries. We started this alliance between concerned colleagues in St. Petersburg, Russia … Continue reading

  • Chicago Lost and Found: Public Housing edition

    Chicago Lost and Found: Public Housing edition

    Thursday, October 10, 6-8:30pm Jane Addams Homes, 1322 W Taylorfree! dinner provided! Join Media Burn and the National Public Housing Museum for a truly special evening of cinema under the stars. As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, NPHM has activated the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes by inviting South African artist Malose Malahlela, along with Jim Duignan and Jeff Kowalkowski of Chicago’s Stockyard Institute, to create the installation Listed, which considers themes of place and loss … Continue reading

  • In 1976, TVTV Tapped Into a World Obsessed With Violence

    In 1976, TVTV Tapped Into a World Obsessed With Violence

    In 1976, pioneering video collective TVTV created a mini series called Super Vision. Each of the ten episodes took a satirical poke at the cultural impact of television. “Shoot-Out!,” one of the short videos in the series, was (unfortunately) prescient. It’s about our addiction to TV, even when two armed invaders are holding you hostage in your living room. It rings true to today, 43 years later when TV news every day is inextricably bound to gun violence, with mass shootings almost … Continue reading

  • Saturday: Wind Down the Summer in Humboldt Park

    Saturday: Wind Down the Summer in Humboldt Park

    At Home In HumboldtSaturday, August 31, 9:30pm east side of Humboldt Parkon the lawn near the boat housefree! Join Media Burn, Chicago Film Archives, Chicago Film Society, and the Chicago Park District for a special evening celebrating Humboldt Park history. Curated by Dalina A. Perdomo Álvarez and Raul Benitez, this collection of archival, found, and home movie footage explores the neighborhood and highlights the people, places, and events that have shaped Humboldt Park through the years. Bring your blankets and … Continue reading

  • You’re invited to the Ghosts in the Machine Chicago premiere

    You’re invited to the Ghosts in the Machine Chicago premiere

    Filmmakers in person! Intimate advance screeningThursday, August 22, 2019 8:00-10:00pm Uncommon Ground Edgewater 1401 W Devon Ave $8, food/drink service available Seats are very limited. We strongly recommend reserving in advance. Main eventSaturday, August 24, 2019 6:00-8:00pm Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago 1104 S Wabash Ave Free and open to the public, RSVP here. Can you trust what you see on TV? On Facebook? Ghosts in the Machine is new work by American and Russian filmmakers that questions our … Continue reading

  • Remembering the Radical and Comedic Abbie Hoffman

    Remembering the Radical and Comedic Abbie Hoffman

    To commemorate Hoffman, we went into the archive and pulled some of our best clips that illustrate Hoffman’s sense of humor, creativity, and dedication to the fight for human rights.  Continue reading

  • Remembering Counterculture Icon Paul Krassner

    Remembering Counterculture Icon Paul Krassner

    On July 21 in Desert Hot Springs, California, our dear friend Paul Krassner drew his last breath. There was nobody like him. He was hilarious, gentle and brilliant. He was an author, comedian, TV writer, concert violinist, and founder/editor of The Realist. He co-founded theYouth International Party (YIPPIE) in 1967 along with Abbie and Anita Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Phil Ochs, Ed Sanders, Bob Fass, Stewart Albert, Nancy Kurshan, and Keith Lampe. He wrote countless controversial articles about issues such as abortion, race, religion, and homosexuality. YIPPIE Aron … Continue reading

  • Media Burn in St. Petersburg!

    Media Burn in St. Petersburg!

    We just returned from our absolutely incredible trip to St. Petersburg where we premiered our new film, Ghosts in the Machine, which was a collaboration between two American and two Russian filmmakers. The film and the trip were made possible through the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The filmmakers worked primarily with Media Burn’s collection to create films that reflect on media manipulation and the U.S.-Russia relationship. It is composed of four 15-minute chapters: “Deceive … Continue reading