George McGovern (1922-2012) and TVTV on Thursday

This weekend marked the passing of the George McGovern, the former senator and 1972 candidate for president. A fiery and passionate champion of liberal causes, he was a formidable political presence even well into his 80s.

Below, you’ll see him in 1971 talking about what it took to stand up against Vietnam in 1963.

The clip is from TVTV’s landmark 1972 work of guerrilla television, “World’s Largest TV Studio.” Coincidentally, this week you have the opportunity to see two founding members of TVTV, Allen Rucker and Tom Weinberg, present a screening of TVTV’s 1972 convention coverage. If you’re in Chicago, you’d be crazy to miss this opportunity to see it in person.


Thursday, October 25, 6 p.m. | Gene Siskel Film Center | 164 N. State St. 
Allen Rucker and Tom Weinberg in person!

Video collective TVTV defined the radical video documentary movement of the 1970s. Four More Years (1972) is an iconoclastic view of the American electoral process, captured through TVTV’s irreverent, candid coverage of Richard Nixon’s 1972 presidential campaign and the Republican Convention in Miami. While network cameras focused on the orchestrated re-nomination of Richard Nixon, TVTV turned their lightweight, portable cameras on the cocktail parties, anti-war demonstrations, hype and hoopla that accompanied the show. TVTV co-founder Allen Rucker introduces this classic work of guerrilla television and is joined afterward by co-founder Tom Weinberg for an audience Q&A.

TVTV (Top Value Television) formed in 1972 by Michael Shamberg, Megan Williams, Tom Weinberg, and Allen Rucker, and enlisted the support of media collectives including Raindance, Ant Farm, and the Videofreex to provide alternative coverage of the 1972 Presidential nominating conventions. The Democratic tape, The World’s Largest TV Studio (1972), and its Republican companion piece, Four More Years (1972) were among the first video documentaries to be broadcast on national TV. The convention tapes provided candid interviews with delegates and protestors alike, while exposing the foibles of the media, showing viewers “the underbelly of broadcast TV.” TVTV subverted conventions of television news and documentary reportage with its alternative journalistic techniques, countercultural principles and pioneering use of portable, low-tech video equipment. TVTV disbanded in 1979.



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