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Tom Weinberg is a Chicago native filmmaker, independent documentary producer, and television producer. From an early age, he held an interest in television and media. He founded the independent video archive Media Burn in 2003, and currently sits on the board of directors as president. As a producer, he focused on guerrilla television and revolutionizing ways in which the public could have access to news other than what was displayed within the mainstream media. Some of his notable works include The 90s, the Emmy Award-winning Image Union, and the TVTV video collective.
A major advocate for independent film producers, Weinberg formed the Media Burn Independent Archive as a way to archive and digitize independent film and documentaries.This archive has received recognition by the National Archives as well as Save America's Treasures due to its distinctive collection of private works that are essential to the history of the relationship between Chicago's film, media, and politics.
His presence was and still remains an influential role in Chicago's media and television.
In 1947, the Weinberg family purchased their first television set, which was the beginning of Tom Weinberg's fascination with television media. He earned his MBA from New York University in 1968, then continued to work for his father's business at the Py-O My Baking Mix Company. After his father died and the business was sold, Weinberg pursued a career in television.
Weinberg was first employed at the Channel 26 television station in Chicago as a stock market reporter. Eventually, as a producer, he created the show "A Black's View of the News," which was a news show featuring black anchors addressing topics regarding black culture and events, aimed at a black audience.At Channel 26, he did extensive news coverage on cases such as the Chicago Seven trial.
Weinberg co-founded the TVTV video collective in 1972 along with Allen Rucker, Michael Shamberg, Hudson Marquez, and Megan Williams. Its purpose was to provide the public with important news coverage that was not broadcast on mainstream media.The World's Largest TV Show and Four More Years were two documentaries produced by this collective.
In 1975, Weinberg was part of producing Chicago's first independent series on television, It's a Living, which was also featured on Chicago's WTTW channel.The show was meant to capture the everyday lives of working-class people and for those individuals to give their own stories. The idea of this show was based on Studs Terkel's book Working. It's a Living was aired from 1975 to 1976, which included a one-hour episode and six half-hours. Weinberg also collaborated with other Chicago video pioneers Anda Korsts and Jim Wiseman on this groundbreaking project.
After a meeting with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1976, Weinberg produced the television series Image Union, which showcased the raw works of independent filmmakers.With the advances made in guerrilla television, this show served as a way for the public to access the footage of independent filmmakers in the Chicago area. In 1978, the show was first aired by the WTTW station (PBS in Chicago) on Saturday night. By the 80s, as many as 150,000 people tuned in for the hour-long episodes. Due to its popularity, Image Union expanded to other cities across the country and later received four Emmy awards. Although Image Union still airs on television, Weinberg later left the show to pursue other projects. The first decade's worth of episodes can be found at the Media Burn Archive.
Weinberg, along with fellow producer Joel Cohen, created the television series The 90s as a way to change broadcasting and the way that the general public could access mainstream media and news coverage.Documentary footage was often used, and the show included politics, talk segments, and interviews. Because of the advances in portable camera technology, The 90s and other forms of "alternative television" were able to be created. The show generated an audience of 25 million while PBS aired it on 25 stations.
In 2003, Tom Weinberg founded the Media Burn Independent Video Archive in Chicago, Illinois.Before this, there was not an archive for any of the surviving works done by Chicago and global independent documentary filmmakers, especially those filmed during the guerrilla television era that had stemmed from the civil unrest of the 1960s. Media Burn has received notability and recognition from the National Archives and Save America's Treasures. This archive holds more than 8000 videos, and in recent years, upwards of 18 million views on the internet at mediaburn.org, YouTube and social media.
WTTW, virtual channel 11, is the primary Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States. Owned by not-for-profit broadcasting entity Window to the World Communications, Inc., it is a sister station to First Nations Experience (FNX) affiliate WYCC and commercial classical music radio station WFMT. The three stations share studios in the Renée Crown Public Media Center, located at 5400 North Saint Louis Avenue in the city's North Park neighborhood; WTTW and WYCC share transmitter facilities atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop. WTTW also owns and operates The Chicago Production Center, a video production and editing facility that is operated alongside the three stations.
The Ken Burns effect is a type of panning and zooming effect used in video production from still imagery. The name derives from extensive use of the technique by American documentarian Ken Burns. The technique, previously known as "animatics", predates his use of it, but his name has become associated with the effect in much the same way as Alfred Hitchcock is associated with the dolly zoom.
The 1972 National Convention of the Republican Party of the United States was held from August 21 to August 23, 1972, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida. It nominated President Richard M. Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for reelection. The convention was chaired by then-U.S. House Minority Leader and future Nixon successor Gerald Ford of Michigan. It was the fifth time Nixon had been nominated on the Republican ticket for vice president or president. Hence, Nixon's five appearances on his party's ticket matched the major-party American standard of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat who had been nominated for vice president once and president four times.
Michael Shamberg is an American film producer and former Time–Life correspondent.
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TVTV was a San Francisco-based video collective that produced documentary video works using guerrilla art techniques.
Patrick Creadon is an American filmmaker primarily known for his work in documentaries. His first film, Wordplay, profiled New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz and premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film screened in over 500 theatres nationwide and became the second-highest grossing documentary of that year. His second film, I.O.U.S.A., is a non-partisan examination of America's national debt problem and forecast the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. I.O.U.S.A. premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was later named one of the Top 5 Documentaries of the Year by film critic Roger Ebert.
Thomas Allen Harris is a critically acclaimed, interdisciplinary artist who explores family, identity, and spirituality in a participatory practice. Since 1990, Harris has remixed archives from multiple origins throughout his work, challenging hierarchy within historical narratives through the use of pioneering documentary and research methodologies that center vernacular image and collaboration. He is currently working on a new television show, Family Pictures USA, which takes a radical look at neighborhoods and cities of the United States through the lens of family photographs, collaborative performances, and personal testimony sourced from their communities..
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Skip Blumberg is one of the original camcorder-for-broadcast TV producers, and among the first wave of video artists in the 1970s. His early work reflects the era's emphasis on guerrilla tactics and medium-specific graphics, but his more recent work takes on more global issues. His work has screened widely on television and at museums. His video Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show (1981) is considered a classic documentary video and was included in the Museum of Television and Radio's exhibition TV Critics' All-time Favorite Shows. His cultural documentaries and performance videos have been broadcast on PBS, National Geographic TV, Showtime, Bravo, Nickelodeon, among others.
The Media Burn Independent Video Archive preserves the work of early independent videotape and television production. Media Burn holds the largest collection of Louis 'Studs' Terkel video in the world and their 1992 presidential election collection has been deemed an American Treasure. Media Burn digitizes their videos for free online streaming. 1,500 of 6,000 videos are online, and topics range from Chicago history, American politics, mass media, and urban life. Media Burn is located in the River West neighborhood of Chicago, IL.
TV Lab was a program founded at Thirteen/WNET public television station in 1972 by David Loxton with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts. The program provided artists with advanced video making equipment through an artist-in-residence program. Between 1975 and 1977, the Video Tape Review series was established and broadcast through TV Lab. David Loxton created TV Lab's Independent Documentary Fund in 1977, aiming to provide funding for the creation of independent documentaries. Unable to match funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the IDF and TV Lab lost support, eventually ending in 1984.
Maggie Renzi is an American film producer and actress.
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Judy Hoffman is an American filmmaker and arts activist based in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University with a MFA and currently holds a faculty position at the University of Chicago. Hoffman has played a major role in the development of Kartemquin Films, a documentary filmmaking company founded in Chicago in 1966. Hoffman has worked with extensively with Kwakwaka’wakw, a First Nation in British Columbia, to produce films. Hoffman has brought activism to her films, and continues to show different facets of the city of Chicago.
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