7/23/20: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Tom Weinberg

Join Media Burn's founder, Tom Weinberg, for the third in our series of events focused on video pioneers.

A replay of our event with Media Burn founder Tom Weinberg.

We’re thrilled to be hosting Media Burn founder Tom Weinberg in the third of our screenings and discussions with impactful videomakers. Weinberg has been a force in video making for over 50 years, and Media Burn is just one of his many notable projects. For those who are less familiar with Weinberg’s biography (or just want a refresher), feel free to read on. You can sign up for his event, which will include a screening of selected works and a Q&A discussion, at the link above.


Tom Weinberg, lower center, with the Media Burn Archive team in 2006.

Tom Weinberg’s career began in print journalism, before he went on to become a pioneering TV documentary and nonfiction producer. He has achieved national acclaim for the more than 500 programs he has produced. That includes five Chicago-Midwest Emmys for those programs and series.

Weinberg was a pioneer in independent video in the 1970s with TVTV. He further pioneered the use of archival materials in education, teaching video and documentary courses at Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University Chicago. He graduated from the University of Michigan and has a master’s from NYU.

In 1978, Weinberg created and began producing the independent film and video showcase Image Union. He went on to found Fund for Innovative TV (FITV). It was through FITV that Weinberg created and executive produced The 90’s, a breakthrough independently-produced series that aired nationally on PBS.


The title card for Weinberg’s The 90’s. The show ran from 1989 to 1992, consisting of 52 total hours of video. It was a groundbreaking independent project and was televised nationally on PBS. Tom Weinberg worked to create and executive produce the show alongside Joel Cohen.

In 2003, Weinberg founded Media Burn Archive Independent Video Archive as another project of FITV. Today the Archive holds more than 8000 documentary and nonfiction videos, with over 4000 available to watch free online. In total, the site has garnered more than 20 million page views.

Outside of film, Weinberg also authored Chasing the Lost City: Chronicles of Discovery in Honduras. The nonfiction book describes his voyage through the Honduran jungles in search of, as the title suggests, a city lost to history. The journey ends in historical and archeological breakthrough, and the book relies on Weinberg’s own journal entries in addition to hundreds of photos.

Weinberg’s awards include a shared duPont-Columbia award for documentary; Chicago Producer of the Year; Silver Circle award from TV Academy; and the Studs Terkel Community Media award. Weinberg has worked with MTV, WGN-TV, NBA on CBS, and Tokyo Broadcasting. His work has been exhibited in museums in Tokyo, London, Paris, Rio, and New York.

Weinberg is a fourth-generation Chicagoan with lots of kids and grandchildren. Nearly all of his documentaries are online on mediaburn.org.



You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


Copyright © 2020 Media Burn Archive.
Media Burn Archive | 935 W Chestnut St Suite 405 Chicago IL 60642
(312) 964-5020 | info@mediaburn.org