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  • [Satori Shakoor]

    [Satori Shakoor]

    This video consists of two parts. The first is an interview with Satori Shakoor, a performer in the Los Angeles area with her own one-woman show. The second is said show, although unfortunately the recording of the show is not complete.

  • The Eighties in Retrospect: A Documentary

    The Eighties in Retrospect: A Documentary

    “The 80s in Retrospect” is a mockumentary produced in 1979. The documentary “begins” in the middle of the footage (10:06), and features a series of mock commercials, scenes from a New Year party, a scene within a restaurant, and a soliloquy in a train station. The tone of the “documentary” shifts between comedic irreverence and earnest social criticism. The beginning of the footage (before 10:06) establishes the basic premise that polluted radio and television waves sent from Earth are being re-broadcast to Earth from a “space” Haight-Ashbury. The “documentary” footage, then, shows the “polluted” nature of television and radio media. Produced by The Anybody You Choose Video Group at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

  • Burned out in Carbondale

    Burned out in Carbondale

    Tongue-in-cheek polemic against a 1979 Chicago Magazine article about the failures and debaucheries of Southern Illinois University–Carbondale (“Burned Out in Carbondale”). The video takes the form of a 60 Minutes-esque investigation. It has several humorous segments and parodies, including rounds in a dilapidated library, an academic adviser who is actually a magician/diviner, and a woman who passes through a neighborhood bar (PK’s) selling test answers.

  • Reverend Billy’s Peace Revival

    Reverend Billy’s Peace Revival

    Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping stage a lengthy peace revival filled with song, dance, and sermons raging against American consumerism.

  • Media Burn by Ant Farm, 2003 edit

    Media Burn by Ant Farm, 2003 edit

    A recent edit (2003) of Ant Farm’s classic video art piece examining and satirizing the media, particularly the impact of television. On July 4, Independence Day, 1975, what a TV newscaster described as a “media circus” assembles at San Francisco’s Cow Palace Stadium. A pyramid of television sets are stacked, doused with kerosene, and set ablaze. Then a modified 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz, piloted by two drivers who are guided only by a video monitor between their bucket seats, smashes through the pyramid destroying the TV sets.

    Preceding the event are clips from various TV news broadcasts that covered it (many of the TV reporters make the comment that they “didn’t get it”). The tape includes interviews with invited guests, a speech given by Doug Hall as President John F. Kennedy explaining the message of Media Burn, the dramatic unveiling of the Phantom Dream Car, several sequences of the car smashing through the TV sets, and its triumphant return from the end of the Cow Palace parking lot.

  • [The 90’s raw: Gross National Product Comedy]

    [The 90’s raw: Gross National Product Comedy]

    This tape features on-the-street footage of comedians from members of Gross National Product Comedy, featuring multiple takes of routines based on Washington politics by Wes Johnson and GNP founder John Simmons.

  • [Steve Dahl at Chicagofest Tape 2]

    [Steve Dahl at Chicagofest Tape 2]

    Footage from radio personality Steve Dahl’s performance of several parodies of well-known rock songs in “Rock on the Roof” during Chicagofest in 1981.

  • [The 90’s Election Specials raw: First Lady debate & Perot event]

    [The 90’s Election Specials raw: First Lady debate & Perot event]

    Layoff of raw footage for The 90’s Election Specials. This tape features a taping of Beth Lapides’ comedy act about the first ladies and a rally for Ross Perot (1930-), including an appearance by his Vice Presidential running mate, Vice Admiral James Stockdale (1923-2005).

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