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 Page, PhD.[1] TAMI's mission is to preserve, study, and exhibit Texas film heritage. The organization has three main projects: the TAMI Video Library, the Texas Film Round-Up, and Teach Texas. Its offices are located in Austin, Texas.[2]

Video Library[edit]

The TAMI Video Library is a streaming video website that includes a variety of Texas-related films such as home movies, industrial films, local television, and other orphan film materials. The TAMI Video Library 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 Library 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] The Library 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 itinerent Texas filmmaker Melton Barker. [7]

Texas Film Round-Up[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9] Film screenings and educational exhibits about Texas media history are often part of the Round-Up activities. The Film Round-up has visited the Rio Grande Valley, Tyler, Lubbock, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and Austin since its inception in 2008.[10][11][12][13][14]

Teach Texas[edit]

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.[15]

Awards[edit]

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.[16]

References[edit]

  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. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  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. http://www.mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/
  4. ^ “Holy Gestalt: The Stars of ‘Batman,’ Out of Bat Context” by Dave Itzkoff at http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/holy-gestalt-the-stars-of-batman-out-of-bat-context/
  5. ^ “Texas Archive of the Moving Image Flashback: ‘Target Austin’" at http://www.slackerwood.com/node/2019.
  6. ^ "‘Kidnappers Foil’ added to registry for preservation" by Charles Ealy, The Austin-American Statesman, December 20, 1012 at http://www.statesman.com/news/entertainment/movies/kidnappers-foil-added-to-registry-for-preservation/nTZ9y/
  7. ^ "The Legacy of a Camera-Toting Huckster" by Amanda Petrusich, The New York Times, February 9, 2013 at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/movies/the-kidnappers-foil-a-local-talent-national-treasure.html?_r=0
  8. ^ "Texas Film Commission, Office of the Governor Rick Perry - Resources - Moving Image Archive". Governor.state.tx.us. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  9. ^ “Out of the Dustbin, Onto the Web: TAMI launches a new film-preservation initiative” by Josh Rosenblatt, The Austin Chronicle, November 28, 2008.
  10. ^ “Update. The best stuff to do this week”, The McAllen Monitor, May 15, 2009
  11. ^ “Preservationist Group Brings Historic Visuals to Tyler”, by Steward Smith, The Tyler Morning Telegraph, April 16, 2010
  12. ^ “Texas Film Round-Up: Moving image archives searching for Lubbock-area home movies”, by Toshia Humphries, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, July 31, 2009
  13. ^ “El Paso’s Home Movies!: Statewide project uncovers historic and personal gems”, by Doug Pullen, El Paso Times, October 24, 2010
  14. ^ “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
  15. ^ "Teach Texas - TAMI". Texasarchive.org. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  16. ^ See Awards Banquet Program, pgs. 4, 6, 11, at http://aaslh.org/documents/OKBanquetProgram-4web.pdf

External links[edit]

Official website of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image