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  • Dying of Red Tape: AIDS and the Fight for Lives Worth Saving

    Dying of Red Tape: AIDS and the Fight for Lives Worth Saving

    Last November, we shared a slice of media history with you: The AIDS Connection, an all-night special broadcast intended to address misinformation surrounding the AIDS virus in 1987. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was a featured panelist. Now, we’re sharing another historic example of the fight against AIDS – venturing outside the experts on television to protestors in the streets. ACT UP and other activist groups called on Dr. Fauci to provide equal access […]

  • [Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 86; Student Mural Interviews on Michigan Ave]

    [Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 86; Student Mural Interviews on Michigan Ave]

    “Man on the street” style interviews of people passing by the mural that was created in conjunction with the Spertus Museum of Judaica’s 1992 exhibition “Bridges and Boundaries.” In this tape, they interview a Jewish woman who works for the American Jewish Congress, a black man who works for the African American AIDS Network, and a homeless black man.

  • [The 90’s raw: ACT-UP rally in San Francisco]

    [The 90’s raw: ACT-UP rally in San Francisco]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s. At a unity rally for ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), an AIDS activist group, during the 6th Annual International AIDS Conference.

  • [The 90’s raw: rape protest, AIDS march, Tigray intro]

    [The 90’s raw: rape protest, AIDS march, Tigray intro]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s. Tape from an anti-rape demonstration outside a sports players bar, from an AIDS demonstration against the National Institute of Health, and videomaker Eddie Becker talking about Tigray.

  • [The 90’s raw: John Parker]

    [The 90’s raw: John Parker]

    Raw footage for the award-winning TV series “The 90’s.” In New Haven, Connecticut, ex-addict John Parker of the National AIDS Brigade illegally distributes clean needles to intravenous drug users to prevent the spread of AIDS. Parker is in thousands of dollars of debt, paying for the program entirely himself. He feels that his program empowers people to feel like they can make a difference in their own lives, which is the first step towards treatment. On the day when videomaker Skip Blumberg is shooting, Parker is also being interviewed by an ABC news crew. Blumberg’s shooting style contrasts greatly with that of the ABC crew, who prefer to set up artificial situations rather than shoot events as they unfold. After they leave the park where he is distributing the needles, they go to the “shooting gallery” where IV drug addicts inject themselves. We learn that the health department has cut off his support and Parker has competition from gay organizations.

  • The AIDS Connection: Hour V

    The AIDS Connection: Hour V

    This tape is a broadcast from hour 5 of an historic live, all night, talk show that addressed various issues surrounding the AIDS crisis. It was a breakthrough for live TV via satellite as it had never been attempted to connect five locations via satellite, with live feeds to and from the CONUS/Hubbard Broadcasting studio in Minneapolis. No nationally televised long-form program about the AIDS epidemic had been on the air when this was produced. It was seen on more than 120 stations around the country and brought together top experts in the field in the early days of public awareness of AIDS.

    Each hour featured a panel of guests taking questions from the hosts, the studio audience members, and the audience members and panelists participating via satellite. This hour is split into two half-hour segments. The first segment focuses on the global AIDS crisis and AIDS outside of the U.S. The second segment focuses on AIDS and religion (mainly AIDS and Christianity). Each segment features a call-in survey related to the segment topic. Several public service announcements, usually featuring celebrities, were shown in each half hour.

  • Watch It!, episode 103-3

    Watch It!, episode 103-3

    A “video scrapbook” featuring camcorder footage from people around the world.

  • Image Union, episode 1101

    Image Union, episode 1101

    This episode of Image Union features winners of the 1987 Mobius Awards for international commercials. Includes commercials from Vimto, Missouri Repertory Theater, Truckee Meadows Hospital, Lincoln Park Zoo, Fresh Mint, Golden Cob, Donate a Book, PSA for AIDS, K-Mart, Danskin, Genesee Cream Ale, Avia Fitness Shoes, Rapid Grow, Miller, Alka Seltzer, Australia, Wendy’s, 4C, Good Sense Plastic Plates and Cups, Grundig, Changing Times, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Eckerd Pharmacy, Miller Lite Beer, Yoplait, Twisties, Durex Condoms, Burger King, Fuji, Good Sense Bags, The AA, Telecom Eireann, and California Fresh Eggs.

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