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  • High Schoolers: apply now for a paid summer job at Media Burn

    Learn more about our first year’s cohort and watch their videos: https://mediaburn.org/blog/party-time-premiere-of-student-covid-docs-on-monday/ Fill out my Wufoo form!

  • Job Posting: Project Curator for Guerrilla Television Project

    Project Curator, Resurrecting the 1970s Guerrilla Television Movement Term: 2 year contract, 6/1/22-5/31/24 Remote work is possible, but candidates who are able to work onsite in Chicago at least part time will be given preference.  HOW TO APPLY Applications will be accepted until 5/15/22, with interviews scheduled between 5/16-5/20/22. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to info@mediaburn.org. OVERVIEW Resurrecting the 1970s Guerrilla Television Movement is a 3-year project led by Media Burn Archive and the University of Chicago, … Continue reading

  • Richard Stamz, Pervis Spann, and Carl Wright: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Any More.

    Richard Stamz, Pervis Spann, and Carl Wright: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Any More.

    Blues & More was a local Chicago talk show on cable channel 25 during the 1980s and 1990s. It combined host and entertainment entrepreneur Pervis Spann’s offbeat sense of humor with music videos from R & B and blues artists. In this 1994 episode of Blues & More, Spann talks with movie actor and performer Carl Wright and longtime Chicago radio personality Richard Stamz, about Stamz’s career across a changing entertainment industry. Carl Wright was 59 at the time of … Continue reading

  • Reflecting on Media Burn’s Past and Future

    Reflecting on Media Burn’s Past and Future

    By Sara Chapman, executive director If you value the work that Media Burn does to save and create access to history and culture, please consider a year-end donation by clicking HERE.We are deeply grateful for the hundreds of people like you who contribute to help make this work possible. Friends, As we close out 2021, I wanted to thank you for being part of Media Burn’s journey. During my winter break from college in 2003, I first visited the storefront … Continue reading

  • Newly uncovered 1940s footage of Harold Washington

    Newly uncovered 1940s footage of Harold Washington

    How I met Harold Washington By Jeff Spitz, independent filmmaker When I moved from LA to Chicago in 1983 my goal was to meet Mayor Harold Washington. I had to figure out how to get into City Hall so I could make a documentary film showing the mayor’s remarkable back story which few people knew. I learned that he was a student at Roosevelt College (now Roosevelt University) in the 1940s. I found a 16mm can of film in the … Continue reading

  • In Memory of Roland Hemond (October 26, 1929 – December 12, 2021)

    In Memory of Roland Hemond (October 26, 1929 – December 12, 2021)

    He actually WAS one of the truly nice guys, in baseball or anywhere else.  Continue reading

  • A Video Celebration of Black Chicago

    A Video Celebration of Black Chicago

    This video showcases Media Burn’s videos documenting Black life in Chicago. It includes everything from neighborhood cultural festivals to jazz and blues legends to trailblazing politicians. Follow the links to watch the full programs from which these excerpts were taken. 0:09 Journalist Vernon Jarrett (1918-2004) describes the intersection of 47th and Martin Luther King Drive in Bronzeville as the “terminal point of the great dream that so many Black people [from the South] envisioned,” from Omnibus: Studs Terkel’s Chicago (1985, … Continue reading

  • In Memory of Scott Jacobs (March 27, 1950 – October 21, 2021)

    In Memory of Scott Jacobs (March 27, 1950 – October 21, 2021)

    He was hooked on video journalism until Thursday, October 21, 2021. Continue reading

 
 
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