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  • [Interview with Judy Hoffman about Guerrilla Television, tape 1]

    [Interview with Judy Hoffman about Guerrilla Television, tape 1]

    Interview with guerrilla television pioneer Judy Hoffman about her career and the alternative video scene in Chicago in the 1970s. Shot for a University of Chicago BA thesis project called “Alternative Television: A Short History of Video Activism in Chicago.” Continue reading

  • What Trees Do They Plant?

    What Trees Do They Plant?

  • [The Roosevelt Experiment demo]

    [The Roosevelt Experiment demo]

  • The Roosevelt Experiment

    The Roosevelt Experiment

    Why and how did an integrated college in a segregated city start in downtown Chicago just as World War II was ending? In 1984 an independent documentary filmmaker, Jeff Spitz, found old pictures and film footage about Roosevelt University including a magazine article that referred to the school as “The Roosevelt Experiment.”

    Tapping the memories of former students who crossed the color line, particularly Blacks and Jews, the film blends archival images and interviews into an exploration of race, racial quotas and democratic ideals. Former students recall being questioned during an anti-communist investigation that targeted their school.

    Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, a former student council president, shares poignant memories of getting into political
    arguments in the cafeteria. He called it an “insane but interesting place.”

    Shortly after the film’s release Spitz returned to City Hall to interview Mayor Washington about fairness, diversity and clashing visions of government. Mayor Washington’s additional commentary appears at the end of the video. 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

  • Organization of the Northeast (O.N.E.) Community Meeting with Terry Gabinski

    Organization of the Northeast (O.N.E.) Community Meeting with Terry Gabinski

    This video was recorded in Uptown, Chicago. It was a victory for the O.N.E’s Community Task Force to have the District Police Commander Terry Gabinski, come to a community meeting. Everyone from the community had an opportunity to voice their concerns on empty lots, vacant burnt-out buildings and crime in their neighbourhood. Continue reading

  • Chicago Area Project  (C.A.P.) Gathering  in Woodstock, Illinois

    Chicago Area Project (C.A.P.) Gathering in Woodstock, Illinois

    This video is one of three and was recorded during a retreat in Woodstock, Illinois where the Chicago Area Project (C.A.P.), organised a weekend gathering to reflect on their past accomplishments and plan for the next year. Continue reading

  • Paper Press

    Paper Press

    Documents the activities of a Chicago artist-run, non-profit organization fostering experimental hand papermaking and artists’ collaborations. Shows the process of making paper by hand. Includes interviews with co-directors Marilyn Sward, Linda Sorkin-Eisenberg and other artists. The videowas made in three versions: English, Spanish and American Sign Language. (note: Paper Press served as the proto-type for the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book &
    Paper Arts, established in 1993 with Marilyn Sward as its Director)
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