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  • 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

  • June 19/21/22: Russian premiere of our new film, Ghosts in the Machine

    June 19/21/22: Russian premiere of our new film, Ghosts in the Machine

    We are so excited about the first public screenings of this project we’ve been working on for the past year! In 2018, Media Burn was awarded a prestigious International Connections Fund grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This grant enabled us to select four filmmakers–two American and two Russian–who collaborated to create a found footage film. The films draw from Media Burn’s collection to create works that reflect on historical truths and media manipulation. The 60-minute … Continue reading

  • Rare Footage of the Legendary Dr. John Performing at a Private Party in 1976

    Rare Footage of the Legendary Dr. John Performing at a Private Party in 1976

    On June 6, 2019, the legendary musician Dr. John passed away. His music combined jazz, rock n’ roll, boogie woogie, pop, and blues in a way that changed the New Orleans music tradition. In a career that spanned over 60 years, he helped morph the sound of the Big Easy. As Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote in his tribute, Dr. John “wasn’t interested in merely keeping the old ways alive, he wanted them to grow and expand.” He also drew from New … Continue reading

  • 30 Years After Tiananmen Square

    30 Years After Tiananmen Square

    Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, China. It’s estimated that between 500,000 and 1.5 million people gathered on June 4, 1989 as part of the student-led protest against the government. They called for democracy and freedom of speech. However, actions from the Chinese military led to hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. American Pat Keeton was in the crowd and managed to make a VHS tape of her experience. She followed literature professor … Continue reading