Earlier this month, we got a nod from the Dallas Morning News for our recent digitization and ongoing preservation of “Hate Mail,” a 1992 documentary on racism produced by Mark Birnbaum and Bart Weiss that has been unavailable to the wider public for most of its life. The documentary gets its name from the spiteful missive sent to Bob Ray Sanders, a black talk radio host on an otherwise predominantly white radio station in Dallas, TX. Birnbaum and Weiss interviewed … Continue reading
In memory of Andrew Jones, who died five years ago, we would like to share with you this tribute from Tom Weinberg, as well as a piece Andrew shot about the first day when blacks were allowed to vote in South Africa. In fact, Andrew’s interest into the politics of South Africa were deep, ranging from his 1986 proposal for Boston’s African-American communities to form their own city named “Mandela,” to his emigration to South Africa in 1995, where he … Continue reading
We’ve been telling you a lot about why we think Media Burn is special. But don’t just take our word for it: today, you can hear from two of our favorite people. Patrick Creadon is an accomplished documentary director. He is best known today for his critically-acclaimed films Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A., but his first job out of college was for the FITV-produced series The 90’s, which he credits as helping to shape his career. Tom Palazzolo has been making offbeat … Continue reading
For nearly ten years, you have been able to depend on Media Burn to give you free online access to Chicago’s history and people. By now, you know there’s no other way to watch larger-than-life figures like Studs Terkel, Vito Marzullo, Dan Rostenkowski, Bill Veeck, and Mike Royko. In fact, we now have more than 6000 videos produced outside of traditional television which we have saved for posterity, and each and every one of them will only become more valuable … Continue reading
Another fun classic from our friend Tom Palazzolo, Ricky and Rocky, which documents a 1972 Italian-American and Polish-American backyard wedding shower in suburban Chicago. As always, you can watch about a dozen more of Tom’s quirky and original films at Media Burn.
Our friend Tom Palazzolo came by the other day to talk about his wonderful 1976 film, Jerry’s Deli. From the lush Media Burn outdoor recording studio, Tom shared stories about Jerry Meyer, the larger than life proprietor of this Grand Avenue institution. Enjoy! As always, you can watch about a dozen more of Tom’s quirky and original films at Media Burn.
Sara Chapman introduces a rare and revealing tape of Chicago Mayor Jane Bryne’s brief stint living at Cabrini Green in 1981. Bryne’s attempt at a lighthearted Easter egg hunt and sing-along quickly brings social unrest as residents protest the absurdity of her presence. To watch the full 20 minute video at Media Burn, click here. For more inside views of Chicago politics you can’t see anywhere else, go to our website!
People and places that aren’t around any more are an important part of our historic video archive. Take a look at this piece shot at O’Rourke’s Public House in Old Town; another at McCuddy’s Bar across the street from the old Comiskey Park; and a conversation about neighborhood taverns between author/interviewer Studs Terkel and his pal, columnist Mike Royko.