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  • [Teen Street Performance #F4]

    [Teen Street Performance #F4]

  • [Teen Street: Ron v.o.]

    [Teen Street: Ron v.o.]

    0:00 Ron Bieganski’s voice repeats a few explanatory phrases for the videographers. He explains that they will audition teenagers, take them on tour in Germany, and then talks about some of the techniques that will shape the project. Camera is static on a table. He continues to repeat sentences while the videographer gives him direction on his tone and voice.  15:01 Tape ends.

  • Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries

    Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries

    A documentary produced by Kartemquin Films made to accompany the Spertus Institute of Judaica’s 1994 exhibition in which six African-American artists and six Jewish-American artists collaborated on a group show. This is the most recent version of the documentary centering on the artists and their ideas about the exhibition’s theme, which centers on the relationships between black and Jewish people in America. Continue reading

  • [Unknown performance]

    [Unknown performance]

    Fragments from what appears to be some sort of staged performance. The footage is sparse and cuts in and out, sometimes with loud feedback noises. Continue reading

  • A Gary Tape

    A Gary Tape

    An organizing workshop led by activist Staughton Lynd at Indiana University Northwest on 9-16-71 to discuss organizing around tax policy and investigating grocery pricing in Illinois and Indiana. A month earlier, President Richard Nixon had issued an executive order freezing wages for 90 days. In response, supermarkets were pressured to suspend price increases, although this group felt they were not adhering to this promise. Continue reading

  • The Mother #1

    The Mother #1

    Footage from a performance of an English-language version of the Bertolt Brecht play “The Mother.” This performance appears to be at a smaller theatre, with very minimal set and prop design—many of the setting details are conveyed by the chorus saying the scene’s expository text out loud in unison. This tape contains the first four of the play’s fourteen scenes. Continue reading

  • Dave Meggysey, tape 2

    Dave Meggysey, tape 2

    A talk entitled “The Radical Transformation of Sport in America” by Dave Meggyesy. It took place at a Rising Up Angry outreach program called Friends of Angry held at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church at 2747 N. Wilton Ave in Chicago. Rising Up Angry was a youth revolutionary activist group in the 1960s and 1970s. Meggysey was an American football player turned union organizer and author of Out Of Their League, an autobiographical look at football that was critical of the sport’s dehumanizing aspects and pro-capitalist values. In this tape, Meggyesy gives specific examples of the ways in which he feels organized sports in America dehumanize people, and also answers some questions from the audience. Continue reading

  • Salt of the Earth vs Chambers

    Salt of the Earth vs Chambers

    This video documents a post-screening discussion with Virginia Jencks about the 1954 film “Salt of the Earth.” Jencks was a labor leader who played herself in the film. It portrays a real-life strike that occurred at Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico and most of the roles in the film were played by the real life miners and union organizers. The film was directed by Herbert Biberman, who was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and it was not shown for many years after its completion. Continue reading