4/19/24-4/21/24: Guerrilla Television: The Revolutions of Early Independent Video


A symposium presented by Media Burn, the University of Chicago’s Cinema and Media Studies Department, and the School of the Art Institute’s Video Data Bank. 

April 19-21 at the University of Chicago’s Cobb Hall 307 (5811 S. Ellis Ave), in the Film Studies Center.

Entrances to Cobb can be found:
– On the east side of the building in the campus’s Main Quadrangle (inner courtyard), with elevators located up five steps through the doors facing the entrance
– An accessible entrance with downward ramp located on the West (street) side of the building, on Ellis, in the lower level,. Elevators are located to the right of the entrance.
– Street parking is available throughout campus and on the Midway Plaisance for free. A paid lot is located at 55th and Ellis. A lot at Drexel and 60th is free on evenings and weekends. 

When video cameras first became widely available in the late 1960s, a global network of artists, activists, and documentarians quickly had the same realization: video is not merely a new format; video will change EVERYTHING about moving image media. Over the next decade-plus, idealistic videomakers fought to overturn the top-down hierarchies of the film and TV industries to create a true “people’s television” that encouraged participation, feedback, and contributions from its audience. The proponents of Guerrilla Television threw out the rules of media, filming ordinary people in their own communities, and the revolution quickly spread. The result was a remarkably democratic movement, one in which communities that rarely appeared on network television – women, poor people, people of color, political radicals, queer people – told their own stories. This symposium – and a series of related screenings and discussions – brings together artists, scholars, and archivists to discuss the legacies of this crucial but underappreciated era of independent media, starting with a screening on Friday, April 19 of key works of Guerrilla Television, introduced by the videomakers.

Participants include Angela J. Aguayo, Eddie Becker, Skip Blumberg, Eleanor BoyerDeirdre Boyle, Nick DeMartino, Ariel Dougherty, Tracy Fitz, Gene Fredericks, Davidson Gigliotti, Julie Gustafson, DeeDee Halleck, Judy Hoffman, Caullen HudsonBarbara JabailyMona Jimenez, Pat LehmanJoan Logue, Judith McCray, Susan Milano, Raphael NashTara Merenda Nelson, Tom Poole, Mirko Popadic, Gordon QuinnDan Sandin, Steve Seid, Helena Shaskevich, Barbara Sykes, Steven Walsh, Tom Weinberg, and Denise Zaccardi.

More details and registration at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guerrilla-television-the-revolutions-of-early-independent-video-symposium-tickets-852499638367?aff=oddtdtcreator

Browse the full schedule of screenings and panels HERE.

Read speaker bios HERE.




Affiliated screenings and other events

Please join Media Burn and its partners for the following events, part of a larger celebration of Guerrilla Television:

February 22: Modern Farm and Magic: Bonnie Ora Sherk and 1970s San Francisco, a virtual event with curators Tanya Zimbardo and Steve Seid

March 7: International Videoletters, a virtual event with videomaker Ariel Dougherty and scholar Lexington Davis

March 14: Drag History Movie NightFirst Impressions (Pat Lehman, 1977) and Beautiful by Night (James Hosking, 2014), screening and discussion at the Leather Archives & Museum (6418 N. Greenview Ave), with artist/filmmaker James Hosking, curator and co-chair of the Gerber/Hart Library & Archives James Conley, and drag performers Kinley Preston and Irregular Girl

March 22: South Side Seventies, screening and discussion with the University of Chicago Arts + Public Life program at the Green Line Performing Arts Center (329 E. Garfield Blvd) with activist Anton Seals of Grow Greater Englewood, videomaker and educator Denise Zaccardi of Community TV Network, and Assistant Professor AE Stevenson of the University of Chicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies

April 5: Four More Years (TVTV, 1972), screening and discussion at Block Cinema (40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston) with Professor Heather Hendershot of Northwestern University’s School of Communication and Medill School of Journalism and videomaker Tom Weinberg


More to come!!!



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