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  • [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #1]

    [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #1]

    00:00 Bars and background noise. 01:07 Video opens with b-roll footage of traffic in Angola. 03:17 A sign for “Captains Cabin: Unexcelled Dining Overlooking Beautiful Crooked Lake” 04:20 Footage of swimmers in the lake. 06:13 In a Jungle Jim’s Saloon, talking with former Chicago White Sox outfielder Jim Rivera. He talks about sliding headfirst, and Rogers Hornsby. 08:26 Why don’t baseball players play all-out? He blames the contracts. Players don’t need to earn the big payout. 10:56 Rivera talks about … Continue reading

  • [Bughouse Square debates]

    [Bughouse Square debates]

    CAN-TV coverage of the Bughouse Square Debates at Washington Square Park in Chicago in July 2001. The event, a free speech forum, traces its history to the early twentieth century when soapbox orators, beatnik poets and radicals gathered at the park to rant and rave. Generally, the video is a static shot of the podium with occasional cutaways to the crowd. Continue reading

  • The Defense of Lolita Lebron: An Interview With Conrad Lynn

    The Defense of Lolita Lebron: An Interview With Conrad Lynn

    Lolita Lebron was arrested in 1954 for carrying out an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives with fellow Puerto Rican Nationalists Andres Cordero, Rafael Cancel Miranda, and Irving Flores. Lebron was a strong symbol in the Puerto Rican Nationalist movement for being a female who insisted on taking full blame for orchestrating the action, rather than getting a lighter sentence as a mere participant. Most of the tape is made up of an interview with Lebron’s attorney Conrad Lynn, who goes into depth about the trial, his defense of Lebron, the Puerto Rican Nationalist movement, and Lebron’s personal life. Continue reading

  • L.A. Riots

    L.A. Riots

    Andrew Jones goes to Los Angeles in the aftermath of the riots of 1992. He speaks with many people about the racial issues that sparked this uprising–the feeling that blacks and Latinos had been systematically discriminated against in their own neighborhoods for years. The main complaint is that stores in their neighborhoods were owned by whites and Koreans and they were overcharged for all services and products. Much of the tension appears to be between the blacks/Latinos and the Korean shop owners. Another interesting feature of the tape is the discussion of the differing motives between rioters and looters and between the actions in different parts of the city. For example, in some areas, only specific businesses, those that were seen as longtime oppressors, were targeted. A man shows footage from his camcorder of the looting, and notes that all of the looters were white, and all were smiling. Clearly, the situation in Los Angeles was far from simple. This tape is a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of the time period. Continue reading

  • [Weekend TV 2-hour special]

    [Weekend TV 2-hour special]

    0:38 Weekend TV opening. People tell what they want to see on TV. Continue reading

  • [10 PM TV News]

    [10 PM TV News]

    This is a tape of the 10 o’clock news on June 6, 1978. The tape switches between channels several times at the beginning to show some segments on each of Channels 2, 5, and 7. Many of the news segments cover the first anniversary of the riots in Humboldt Park, and give a report on the Humboldt Park community one year following the riots. These are followed by part of “Inside Spring Training” with the 1978 White Sox. Following this is part of “Overnight Man,” a candid documentary about WBBM radio journalist Joe Cummings. Cummings is interviewed, as well as many of his colleagues, who comment on his work and his personality as a “character.” Continue reading

  • Slices of Chicago

    Slices of Chicago

    Compilation tape highlighting the work of the members of the Chicago Area Videomakers Coalition. The group was formed in 1977 to formally bring together Chicago’s independent videomakers to create a higher profile and bring their work to the public. This tape was first broadcast on Channel 44 on June 18, 1977, based on a commitment from general manager Ed Morris. The production of this tape made it apparent that the most pressing need in the videomaking community was editing facilities. In 1978, aided by the visibility produced by the sampler tape, the Coalition opened the Chicago Editing Center, which provided low-cost editing facilities to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0214: International Women’s Day

    Image Union, episode 0214: International Women’s Day

    This episode of Image Union is in honor of International Women’s Day. Works include “Festival De Mujeres” by Eleanor Boyer and Karen Peugh and “La Llaronda” by Nancy de los Santos, Librado Martinez III, Eugene Lisansky, and Jeff Chown. Continue reading