Friends of the Texas Room launches YouTube Channel

The Friends of the Texas Room launched a new YouTube channel this week. Kicking off the launch are clips from the PBS documentary "In Search of Houston's History". Watch it here: … [Read more...]

Asia Society Documentary Premieres March 21 on HoustonPBS

Asia Society Documentary Premieres March 21 on HoustonPBS HD ch. 8, 7:30p.m The third episode of Texas Foundation for the Arts’ Telly Award-winning series Houston Arts Television, produced in collaboration with HoustonPBS, explores how famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District. The filmmakers take a look at the history of the organization, the design and construction of the building, the grand opening festivities, and the many exhibitions and programs that will be presented in the 300-seat theatre, art exhibition space, and conference facilities. … [Read more...]

Courthouse Documentary Receives Good Brick Award

Preservation Houston honors Texas Foundation for the Arts with a Good Brick award for the documentary "The 1910 Harris County Courthouse." Executive Producers: Kim Lykins and James Bailey Production: FastCutFilms Director of Photography & Editor: Mark Susman Preservation Houston promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston's architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action, thereby creating economic value and developing a stronger sense of community. For information: … [Read more...]


HOUSTON ARTS TELEVISION: VOL. I Awards: 2010 WorldFest Remi 2010 AMA Crystal Award   Producer: Mark Susman Editor: Mike Snow Director of Photography: Mark Susman Executive Producers: Kim Bjork Lykins and Jim Bailey Written by Kim Bjork Lykins and Jim Bailey Graphics and art direction: Chris Doray, Floodlite Multimedia ________________________________________­_______ Houston Arts Television showcases Houston's arts scene in a magazine-style format. The first episode features The Menil Collection; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The City of Houston art collection administered by Houston Arts Alliance's Civic Art + Design; Houston Children's Chorus and student who attends Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. … [Read more...]


BRUSHSTROKES OF SOUTH TEXAS The Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas is located in Sarita, approximately 60 miles south of Corpus Christi along the South Texas coastal bend. Master painter Daniel Lechon was commissioned to paint, one brushstroke at a time, the 500-year history of the area on huge, 9-foot by 30-foot murals adorning the three rooms of the Kenedy Ranch Museum. "Brushstrokes of South Texas" details the creative process through to the opening of the museum. Client: Texas Foundation for the Arts Written and Produced by Jim Bailey / Sunset Productions Editor: Mike Snow Post Production at Fast Cut Films 2005 Communicator Awards Award of Distinction Broadcast TV/Documentary Film Category … [Read more...]


GOLDEN AGE OF TEXAS COURTHOUSES A video clip featuring the Wharton County Texas Courthouse. Producer: Jim Bailey Production: Fast Cut Films Client: Texas Foundation for the Arts … [Read more...]


WHERE LIGHTNIN' STRIKES - BLUES LEGEND SAM LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS (IN PRODUCTION) Houston-based Fast Cut Films, in association with Sunset Productions, is working on a documentary feature film, "Where Lightnin' Strikes," about the life and times of Houston blues legend Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912-1982). His music inspired generations around the world from the Texas Gulf Coast, Mississippi delta to the British invasion. The enduring musical journey of Sam Lightnin' Hopkins began on a cotton farm in Centerville,Texas in 1912. He was drawn to the music he heard played by an older brother. After meeting up with Dallas bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sam left the hardscrabble life of the Texas cotton fields, determined to play his way to better circumstances. Possessing a sharp wit and a … [Read more...]


LEON JAWORSKI BIOGRAPHY - UNCOMMON LAW Leon Jaworski found himself at the forefront of the major social and political issues of 20th century America. "Uncommon Law" details his extraordinary life, from his humble beginnings in Waco, Texas to his service as special prosecutor for the Watergate hearings in 1974. … [Read more...]


THE HEARTBREAK TURTLE TODAY - CONTINUATION OF THE KEMPS RIDLEY STORY "The Heartbreak Turtle Today" tells the story of the Kemp's ridley sea turtle rise from near extinction but still remains critically endangered. Commercial shrimping and fishing continues to impact the turtles' survival. The film also examines the impact of the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill and long term consequences on the species. Thirty years ago, a film called "The Heartbreak Turtle" alerted the world that the smallest sea turtle species would soon be extinct if drastic measures weren't taken. The number of Kemp's Ridley nesters was less than 800. Poaching at nesting beaches and drowning in shrimp trawls had taken a terrible toll on this sea turtle that nests only on Gulf of Mexico beaches. In 1978, the United … [Read more...]


JUNETEENTH - A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM Looking for the DVD? Please contact: Texas Institute for the Preservation of History & Culture Prairie View A&M University, School of Architecture Phone: 936-261-9836  "Juneteenth - A Celebration of Freedom" is an inspiring, historical documentary that captures the spirit of the Juneteenth experience and explains the origin and evolution of this important date in the history of our country. The documentary provides an insightful perspective about this significant day in American history that is often misunderstood and overlooked. This is a compelling program that all viewers will find interesting and informative. History experts including Dr. Maceo Dailey, Rep. Al Edwards, Dr. Roland Hays, Frank Jackson, Karen Riles, Eleanor Davis … [Read more...]