The Texas Archive of the Moving Image

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The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2002 by film archivist and University of Texas at Austin professor Caroline Frick, PhD.[1] TAMI's mission is to preserve, study, and exhibit Texas film heritage. The organization has three main projects: the TAMI Online Collection, the Texas Film Round-Up, and Teach Texas. Its offices are located in Austin, Texas.[2]

Online collection

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image website is a streaming video website that includes a variety of Texas-related films such as home movies, industrial films, local television, and orphan film materials as well as TAMI-curated online exhibits. The TAMI website was launched in 2008 using Glifos Social Media and the MediaWiki platform. The oldest films in the archive are a collection of Edison Studios films from the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. The TAMI site includes several curated collections with topics that include President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family, Texas during the Vietnam War years, life across Texas during the 1930s and 1940s, and itinerant films.[3] TAMI also contains some unusual material produced by Texas television stations in the latter half of the 20th century.[4][5] TAMI streams multiple versions of "The Kidnappers Foil," a film added to the National Film Registry in 2012, on its website.[6] The organization also administers a sister website, www.meltonbarker.org, devoted to the topic of "The Kidnappers Foil" and the itinerant Texas filmmaker Melton Barker.[7]

Online exhibitions

TAMI curates online exhibitions featuring materials from their holdings. Exhibitions include "When Texas Saw Red," an exhibit dedicated to the post World War II and Cold War era and how it affected Texas life; "Starring the Lone Star State," which explores the history of the film industry in Texas; "A Journey to the Moon through Texas," an award-winning exhibit that documents the Apollo Program; and "La Frontera Fluida," exploring the Texas-Mexico border.[8]

Texas Film Round-Up

The Texas Film Round-Up, also known as the Texas Moving Image Archive Program, is a partnership between TAMI and the Office of the Governor’s Texas Film Commission.[9] Via the Round-Up, TAMI provides free digitization for Texas-related films and videos in exchange for the donation of a digital copy of the material to the TAMI Video Library.[10] Film screenings and educational exhibits about Texas media history are often part of the Round-Up activities. The Film Round-up has visited the Fort Worth, Galveston, San Angelo, Amarillo, Beaumont, Rio Grande Valley, Tyler, Lubbock, Dallas, Abilene, Longview, El Paso, Houston, Austin, and many other Texas cities since its inception in 2008.[11][12][13][14][15]

Teach Texas

Teach Texas is a resource kit for educators that includes lesson plans and other materials that enable teachers to use films from the TAMI Video Library in the K-12 classroom. The resources in the Teach Texas program are coordinated with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards.[16]

Awards

The Texas Film Round-Up received two awards from the American Association for State and Local History in 2010: the Leadership in History Award of Merit, and the WOW Award.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Reclaiming Texas History, One Home Movie at a Time: The Missionary Zeal of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image" by Josh Rosenblatt, The Austin Chronicle, February 27, 2009
  2. ^ "Texas Film Commission, Office of the Governor Rick Perry - Resources - Moving Image Archive". Governor.state.tx.us. July 1, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Case Study in a Regional Media Archive: Texas Archive of the Moving Image," by Alisa Perren, Media Commons, a Digital Scholarly Network, October 18–22, 2010.
  4. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (September 16, 2010). "Holy Gestalt: The Stars of 'Batman,' Out of Bat Context". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "Texas Archive of the Moving Image Flashback: ‘Target Austin’".
  6. ^ Ealy, Charles (December 20, 2012). "'Kidnappers Foil' added to registry for preservation". Austin-American Statesman. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (February 9, 2013). "The Legacy of a Camera-Toting Huckster". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Web Exhibits". Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Texas Film Commission, Office of the Governor Rick Perry - Resources - Moving Image Archive". Governor.state.tx.us. July 1, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Rosenblatt, Josh (November 28, 2008), "Out of the Dustbin, Onto the Web: TAMI launches a new film-preservation initiative", The Austin Chronicle
  11. ^ "Update. The best stuff to do this week", The McAllen Monitor, May 15, 2009.
  12. ^ "Preservationist Group Brings Historic Visuals to Tyler", by Steward Smith, The Tyler Morning Telegraph, April 16, 2010.
  13. ^ "Texas Film Round-Up: Moving image archives searching for Lubbock-area home movies", by Toshia Humphries, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, July 31, 2009.
  14. ^ "El Paso’s Home Movies!: Statewide project uncovers historic and personal gems", by Doug Pullen, El Paso Times, October 24, 2010.
  15. ^ Rosenblatt, Josh (February 27, 2009). "Reclaiming Texas History, One Home Movie at a Time: The Missionary Zeal of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Teach Texas - TAMI". Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  17. ^ "See Awards Banquet Program" (PDF). AASLH. pp. 4, 6, 11.

External links

  • Official website of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image

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