Moving Image Archive
The Texas Film Commission's Moving Image Archive Program celebrates the history of Texas and its film production heritage by preserving Texas-related moving images and making them available to the public via the Internet. Working in conjunction with Texas-based non-profit Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), the program consists of four components:
- free digitization for Texas-related films and videos
- a streaming video library of submitted material
- a film "round-up" tour
- educator resources
The program, popularly known as the Texas Film Round-Up, was awarded the American Association for State and Local History’s Leadership in History Award of Merit and the prestigious WOW! Award in 2010.
Individuals and institutions with Texas-related films and videos can receive free digital copies of their materials in exchange for the donation of an electronic copy to the program. Original materials are returned after digitization is complete, and a selection of digital files are featured in the Archive Program Collection of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Contributions to the Archive Program must be free from copyright, or the donor must be willing to grant TAMI and the TFC a license for use. Since its inception in 2008, the Archive Program has resulted in the digitization of more than 10,000 moving images of the state including home movies, commercials, local television programs and industrial films. The Texas Film Commission reserves the right to review content before any film's inclusion in the Moving Image Archive Program's collection.
More than 1,000 films from the Moving Image Archive Program can be viewed at the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. This ever-growing online showcase features projects that represent the breadth of Texas' cultural history and its century of motion picture production. The collection is available free of charge or at no cost to students, teachers, researchers, and the general public in Texas and around the world.
TAMI and the Texas Film Commission host Film Round-Ups across the state, giving Texans an opportunity to submit their films for the free digitization program and learn about Texas media history and preservation. In addition to the free digitization drop-off, events can include screenings of Texas films, the “Preserving Memories” traveling exhibit, and preservation workshops and demonstrations. The Film Round-Up has visited communities with the seven regions of Texas and continues to target new communities with programs.
Illustrating the value of film preservation in education is also an important part of the Archive Program. In conjunction with the Archive Program Collection, a series of educator resources are available via Teach Texas. Lesson plans for grades K through 12 feature footage from the Archive Program that address Texas topics including politics, industry, geography and culture. The resources also address Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in social studies, language arts, and career and technology education.
Contact Texas Archive of the Moving Image
To inquire about hosting a Round-Up in your community or to see if your films and videos qualify for digitization, you may contact the TAMI at the following: