Archives for June 2009

“Juneteenth A Celebration of Freedom”

On June 19, 1865, at Galveston, Texas, General Gordon Granger of the Union Army announced that the Civil War had ended and all slaves in the former Confederate states were now free. This was two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1979, Juneteenth was made and official state holiday in Texas. This inspiring documentary captures the spirit of the Juneteenth experience and explains the origin and evolution of this important date in Texas history. History experts relate personal recollections of Juneteenth and provide insightful perspective about the significance of a day that is often misunderstood and often overlooked. The film premiered on HoustonPBS in June 2009. Produced by Sunset Productions Director of Photography: Mark … [Read more...]

Montrose, Texas: The Transformation of a Neighborhood

Produced for the Montrose Counseling Center, this 28-minute documentary explores the history, culture and essence of Montrose, one of Texas’ most colorful and legendary neighborhoods. Developed in the early 1900s as a neighborhood for Houston's well-to-do, the area saw change in the 1960s as free-thinking, hippies and artists discovered the area. In the 1970s Montrose became the gay mecca of Texas. Having become rundown and seedy, the area entered a time of renewall as gay men and women saw the potential of the neighborhood and began to buy property and restore the rundown homes and buildings. The film provides an interesting, captivating look at the history of a unique niehgborhood, its transformation into an upscale community, and the societal issues it faces. The film premiered on … [Read more...]