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  Brain Box Television-

Politics, performance, and documentary from around the world.


Brain Box TV is a production of the Institute for Thought, made entirely by volunteers. It makes a point. Each skit, besides being funny, has something to say. We wanted to get people thinking about, and laughing about, the important social issues of oday. We are seen every Friday at 10pm and every Saturday at 11pm on MCM, Milwaukee Community Media, Cable Channel 96 in Milwaukee. 

The show is a mix of cutting-edge political skits, performances from top poets and musicians, interviews with influential people around the world, and  documentary segments from places like Prague, Cannes, Barcelona, London, Paris, and the Burning Man Festival.

We inform our viewers about different cultures, ideas, and perspectives from around the world. In a media world increasingly dominated by a few large corporate voices, we are one of the few alternatives on TV . We bring you information you can't get anywhere else.

some awards we have WON

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National awards:
National First Place
(Hometown USA Award) for International Programming in 2000 
Second Place for Entertainment Programming in 1999 
National Finalists
in Innovative Programming in 1998 and 
National Finalists
in Entertainment Series, Entertainment Single Program, and Making a Difference categories in 1997. 
Awards conferred by the Alliance for Community Media, New York

Local awards: 
Outstanding Community Programming (Philo Award) 1999 
Best Entertainment Series, Best Entertainment Program, Best Documentary Event, Best Program of the Year, and Viewer’s Choice 1998 
Best Innovative Program 1997 and 
Best Entertainment, Best Innovative, and Best First Program 1996, 
awards conferred by the Milwaukee Access Telecommunications Authority.

Letters of Commendation:
US Senator Russel Feingold, 
Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, 
Milwaukee Access Telecommunications Authority.

some events we have DOCUMENTED:

Burning Man Festival, Gerlach, Nevada, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997. World's largest festival of experimental arts and culture.
Roy Mack Tour, Route 66 from Chicago to LA, 2002. Roy Mack is UK Entertainer of the Year 1996.
Computers in Art and Design Education
(CADE) conference, Glasgow, 2001.
MIPTV international television conference, Cannes, 2001. 
Belgian International Festival of Fantasy Films, Brussels, 2001. 
Festival of Diversity, Mallorca, Spain, 2000
Festival of Fallas
, Valencia, Spain, 2000
Disseny Primavera
, Barcelona, Spain, 1999. Accredited to document "Futur Compost", an exhibition of advanced design ideas.
Venice, Italy
, 1999. Commentary during the peak of the Kosovo bombing campaign.
Europe 1998: Nine-Country European Busking Tour
, 1998.
World Neo-Humanist Convention
, Willow Creek, Missouri, 1996.
Feminists for Fornication Decadence Ball, 1996

some people we have INTERVIEWED:


Interview, Supermodel Patricia Velaquez
Interview, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood
Interview, Model/ Movie Actress Victoria Silvstead
Interview, UK Entertainer of the Year 1996 Roy Mack
Interview, Director of Catalan Film and TV Jordi Penas
Interview, Australian Television star Kate Ashfield
Interview, Ten Franks Agency representative Daniel Ziva
Interview, Asst. Director, Elissava College of Design, Barcelona Sr. Alex Blanche  
Interview, Burning Man Festival founder Larry Harvey
Interview, Sex Columnist Dan Savage
Interview, Author Daniel Pinchbeck

some performers we have FEATURED:

national producer SPOT:
Voot Warnings:
recording artist Les Lokey:
poet Desmond Bone:
musical group The Immortal Plants:
theatre director John Schneider:
singer/songwriter Rachel Raven:
recording artist Amy Rohan:
poet Charles L. Phillips:
poet and vocalist Sheila Spargur:
performer Jeanne Spicuzza:
poet Dana Hansen:
poet/musician Niacin:
performance artist Theresa Columbus:
poet/musician Askew:
poet Jennifer Wolters
poet and singer Joanne Chang
Musical group Blue Valentine
Musical group Edgar Allen Cash

about the show's PRODUCERS

Eric Schon has been a multi-media producer and performer for over 10 years. Beginning as a sound engineer, he fronted the band ‘Nervis Virgins’ for four years, spent seven years in the ‘Joy Farm’ video troupe as actor, writer and segment producer before founding Brain Box TV in 1996.
He has written and appeared in over 60 original teleplays and has performed his poetry and music in dozens of venues including a busking tour of Europe.
A former Senior Research and Design Engineer for a medical informatics company, he currently studies advanced philosophy at UW-Milwaukee, and serves as a design consultant to various firms.

Russian Wulfgar has been involved with video since 1989 when she first joined the cast of "Joy Farm," an access-TV comedy troupe. After that she joined the cast of a soap opera, "True To Desire." This then led to her joining with "Brain Box,", where she has remained since 1996. Wulfgar is involved in the Milwaukee Film Corps and helped produce their First and second Annual Film Festival. Wulfgar is employed at Channel One, Inc., a corporate video production company where she is the Production Assistant and House Librarian.


Brain Box Television

2578 N. Weil Street Milwaukee Wisconsin 53212 USA

Phone:       (414) 562-3740

e-mail:        BrainBox@clevian.com