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  • 80 years of Tom Weinberg!!!

    80 years of Tom Weinberg!!!

    Today is a very special day for Media Burn. It’s the 80th birthday of our founder and chair, Tom Weinberg. Tom’s life has been marked by an endless curiosity. His partner, Eleanor, aptly described the way Tom lives his life: “At 80, Tom still wakes up every day as if he’s a newborn child, as if everything around him is worth exploring. At the same time, he also treats every day as if it’s his last and doesn’t want to […]

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    Freedom Center: The end of an era in Chicago newspaper publishing

    June marked the closure of the Freedom Center, the plant that printed almost every newspaper in Chicago, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and even the local edition of the New York Times.

  • Schedule: Guerrilla Television: The Revolutions of Early Independent Video

    Schedule: Guerrilla Television: The Revolutions of Early Independent Video

    A symposium presented by Media Burn, the University of Chicago’s Cinema and Media Studies Department, and the School of the Art Institute’s Video Data Bank.  April 19-21 at the University of Chicago’s Cobb Hall 307 (5811 S. Ellis Ave) When video cameras first became widely available in the late 1960s, a global network of artists, activists, and documentarians quickly had the same realization: video is not merely a new format; video will change EVERYTHING about moving image media. Over the […]

  • Bios: Guerrilla Television: The Revolutions of Early Independent Video

    Bios: Guerrilla Television: The Revolutions of Early Independent Video

    Bios for participants in the Guerrilla Television Symposium.

  • 4/19/24-4/21/24: Guerrilla Television: The Revolutions of Early Independent Video

    4/19/24-4/21/24: Guerrilla Television: The Revolutions of Early Independent Video

    A symposium presented by Media Burn, the University of Chicago’s Cinema and Media Studies Department, and the School of the Art Institute’s Video Data Bank.  April 19-21 at the University of Chicago’s Cobb Hall 307 (5811 S. Ellis Ave), in the Film Studies Center. Entrances to Cobb can be found:– On the east side of the building in the campus’s Main Quadrangle (inner courtyard), with elevators located up five steps through the doors facing the entrance– An accessible entrance with […]

  • CTVN’s “Cabrini Dreams”

    CTVN’s “Cabrini Dreams”

    A look at the student documentary that provides a touching, honest portrait of life in Chicago’s Cabrini Green.

  • Looking back at Lanesville TV

    Looking back at Lanesville TV

    Dubbed “probably America’s smallest TV station”, we’re taking a look at Lanesville TV. When the Videofreex formed, independent video was still in its infancy and it would still be a couple of years before the term “Guerrilla Television” would be coined. The desire was, however, to overthrow the mainstream media by creating a grassroots, bottom-up form of TV that was about, for, and by the people – a participatory form of television that reflected the cultures and cultures of local […]

  • All Eyes on New Hampshire

    All Eyes on New Hampshire

    Tuesday, January 23 is New Hampshire’s presidential primary. Because of its historical influence on the trajectory of candidates, it’s seen as one of the most important primaries. We’re comparing this year’s primary with those of the past in an effort to make connections in historical patterns. In 1992, Ralph Nader was a write-in for both the Democrat and Republican primaries in New Hampshire. This was not the first time Nader flirted with running for president — in 1972, he had […]

 
 
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