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  • Resurrecting Guerrilla Television: Henry Kissinger and Rosalynn Carter

    Resurrecting Guerrilla Television: Henry Kissinger and Rosalynn Carter

    An ongoing series reflecting on our favorite videos from the Resurrecting Guerrilla Television project. In 2021, Media Burn, along with the University of Chicago and other partners, began the “Resurrecting the 1970s Guerrilla Television Movement” project, which is funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources. That grant has funded the digitization, cataloging, and sharing of hundreds of essential tapes from the early history of video, with hundreds more to come. This is “the people’s television” – a version […]

  • TVTV, a group shot at the pool in collective house, 1972. L to R: Curtis Schreier, Michael Couzens, Jody Siebert, Mickey Shamberg, Megan Williams, Allen Rucker, Anda Korsts, Tom Weinberg. Steve Christiansen, Wendy Appel, T.L. Morey, Hudson Marquez, Maureen Orth, Martha Coolidge, Skip Blumberg, Chip Lord, Nancy Cain (on raft.) Photo by Doug Michels.

    Golden Anniversary of Guerrilla Television!

    Video art and video documentary began in the mid-1960s, but the first shots of the TV/Video revolution can be traced back to 1972. The summer of 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of TVTV and the Guerrilla Television movement. It was the start of a radical, exciting new form of documentary that critiqued and questioned mainstream television. Seen by a small number of viewers all over America, it invented new ways to make television and changed what television could look like. […]

  • Royko At His Best

    Royko At His Best

    Some of the newspaper columns written by Mike Royko are reenacted, parodied, and read live on stage!

  • TVTV Super Vision

    TVTV Super Vision

    TVTV’s satirical Super Vision recreates pivitol moments in the history of television, and stars comedy legends Harold Ramis and John Belushi very early in their careers.

  • Welfare TV

    Welfare TV

    00:02 Color bars.  00:57 A clip from the TV show Dragnet, from the 1967 episode “The Prophet.” Sgt. Joe Friday delivers a lengthy monologue to a suspect about the use of drugs and about the naiveté and laziness of youth. An argument about conformity between Friday and the suspect. “They’re not asking to be left alone. They’re asking for a handout! If they really believe what you say they believe, they’d do something about it besides panhandle in the streets and […]

  • Free Lunch

    Free Lunch

    TVTV demo for a show where they take high profile guests out for lunch.

  • [Joe Cruz tennis shop]

    [Joe Cruz tennis shop]

    Exterior TVTV headquarters (aka Joe Cruz tennis shop), San Francisco.

  • TVTV: Diary of the Video Guerrillas

    TVTV: Diary of the Video Guerrillas

    00:00 Countdown.  Short clips from several TVTV programs, including “Four More Years,” “Lord of the Universe,” “Adland,” “The Iranian Embassy,” “The Good Times are Killing Me,” “Superbowl,” “TVTV looks at the Oscars,” “Hard Rain,” “Super Vision,” and “The TVTV Show.” 2:02 Charles Allen, the Senior Vice President at KCET talks about the history and effects of television. He introduces the group, True Value Television (TVTV) and six team members that they will be speaking with during this program. “TVTV: Diary […]

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