Texas Film Commission, Texas Archive of the Moving Image Launch Online Exhibit ‘Parks Under the Lone Star’
AUSTIN - The Texas Film Commission and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) today announced the launch of Parks Under the Lone Star, the newest online exhibit from TAMI. Parks Under the Lone Star features more than 60 videos collected as a part of the Texas Film Round-Up and takes users on a visual journey through the state and national parks of Texas. The Texas Film Round-Up, is an award-winning program that discovers, preserves, and shares the stories of Texans by digitizing and providing access to their obsolete media.
"Trips to Texas parks are understandably one of the most common home movie subjects in the Texas Archive of the Moving Image collection,” said TAMI Curator Katharine Austin. “One could assume that camping at Big Bend or splashing in the Frio River at Garner was a Texan rite of passage. But parks are far more than pieces of land. They tell a complex story about Texas that dates to the age of the dinosaurs. A story that will continue and grow as long as we prioritize park protection and conservation."
The exhibit includes an interactive map featuring videos of more than 50 Texas parks as well as shorter clips related to park administration and management and a compilation reel of home movies taken by Texans exploring the parks through the years. The moving images featured in the exhibit are the result of the Texas Film Round-Up, TAMI’s partnership with the TFC to digitize and provide access to films and videotapes documenting Texas.
Additionally, a curated collection of more than 5,000 videos is available at texasarchive.org. This online video-sharing platform welcomes the public to watch, explore, and learn about Texas history and culture. It also includes free lesson plans to assist educators in using the videos as primary and secondary source materials for teaching Texas and U.S. history.
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is an independent non-profit organization founded in 2002 to discover, preserve, make accessible, and serve community interest in Texas’ moving image heritage. Additional support for TAMI comes from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the federal CARES Act.
The Texas Film Commission in the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division helps to grow local jobs and local economies by promoting the Lone Star State as the premier destination for film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects, and video game production.