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  • 1/14/20: Home for the holidays? Dig out those old tapes!

    1/14/20: Home for the holidays? Dig out those old tapes!

    Hanging out at home for the holidays? Why not rummage around in the attic or basement to find your old video tapes and bring them to Home Video Day! Attendees are invited to bring a tape to be projected for the audience, or to simply show up and enjoy what’s on the screen. Videos will run the gamut from birthdays, parties, pageants, weddings, sports, movie re-enactments, to who knows what! We invite you to laugh and cry at the touching … Continue reading

  • 10/10/19: Chicago Lost and Found: Public Housing edition

    10/10/19: Chicago Lost and Found: Public Housing edition

    Thursday, October 10, 6-8:30pm Jane Addams Homes, 1322 W Taylorfree! dinner provided! Join Media Burn and the National Public Housing Museum for a truly special evening of cinema under the stars. As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, NPHM has activated the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes by inviting South African artist Malose Malahlela, along with Jim Duignan and Jeff Kowalkowski of Chicago’s Stockyard Institute, to create the installation Listed, which considers themes of place and loss … Continue reading

  • 8/31/19: Wind Down the Summer in Humboldt Park

    8/31/19: 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

  • 8/24/19: You’re invited to the Ghosts in the Machine Chicago premiere

    8/24/19: 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

  • 6/19/19: Russian premiere of our new film, Ghosts in the Machine

    6/19/19: 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

  • 5/25/19: Chicago Home Video Day is this Saturday!

    5/25/19: Chicago Home Video Day is this Saturday!

    Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave, in the CommonsWhen: Saturday, May 25th, noon to 4pm, drop by any time Admission: Programs in the Commons are always free! Museum admission is required for gallery access.How: The rules are simple – bring your VHS, VHS-C, Hi-8, Video 8 or Mini-DV cassette to the team of inspectors, who will make whatever repairs are necessary to ensure the tape is playable, and can answer your questions about videotape care and … Continue reading

  • 5/18/19: Kids event: make a video time capsule!

    5/18/19: Kids event: make a video time capsule!

    Media Burn Archive works to preserve important videos so they’ll be able to be watched far into the future. At the Video Time Capsule Workshop, families will be able to preserve their own memories and create a special message for their future selves! You’ll work together to write and produce video time capsules, explore kids videos from different eras, learn about the ways videos used to be made, and showcase your creativity with a Polaroid craft. The Video Time Capsule … Continue reading

  • 4/27/19: Back By Popular Demand: Erwin Helfer and Mama Yancey Screening at Old Town School of Folk Music

    4/27/19: Back By Popular Demand: Erwin Helfer and Mama Yancey Screening at Old Town School of Folk Music

    After a sold out event in January, Media Burn presents a second showing of archival video featuring legendary pianist Erwin Helfer and the late blues singer Estelle “Mama” Yancey on Saturday, April 27, as part of a celebratory evening of live gospel and blues music at Old Town School of Folk Music in Ravenswood.  In 1982, future Chicago Blues Festival Coordinator Barry Dolins filmed an intimate performance and conversation between Erwin Helfer and an 86 year-old Mama Yancey at the … Continue reading

 
 
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