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...]

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...]

Golden Age of Texas Courthouses Available at Amazon

With clock towers, turrets, domes and stained glass, Texas county courthouses are some of the most spectacular displays of Victorian architecture found anywhere in the United States. With most of them being built between 1881 and 1990, many were the first permanent structures in some counties in the Lone Star state, and remain lasting symbols of the regional rivalries that helped shape Texas. Visit these beautiful buildings and hear the stories behind them in Texas Courthouses: The Golden Age, a three-part documentary that previously aired on public television. See the Goliad County Courthouse and its hanging tree, the courthouse in Shelby County modeled after Irish castles and the Parker County Courthouse underneath which a secret tunnel was discovered during restoration. Visit some of … [Read more...]

“Galveston Island” wins 2012 Bronze Telly Award

The 33rd Annual Telly Awards named Texas Foundation for the Arts a bronze winner in the documentary film category for its program titled Galveston Island.  Executive Producers James Bailey and Kim Lykins. Post Production by Fast Cut Films. This is the second national award for the 60-minute documentary program, which has also been honored with a Gold AVA Award. Galveston Island premiered on HoustonPBS and has subsequently been broadcast on PBS stations throughout Texas. Production began just weeks before Hurricane Ike devastated the island. In the aftermath of the storm, the filmmakers captured the resiliency of the islanders during their struggle to rebuild, a scenario that mirrored the determination of the island residents after the devastating storm that struck the island in 1900. … [Read more...]

Houston: Art of Architecture DVD available soon!

The Art of Architecture documentary program takes you on a journey through the extraordinary history, art and architecture of Houston's stunning skyline and surrounding neighborhoods. The second in Texas Foundation for the Arts' award-winning Houston Arts Television series, the program premiered on HoustonPBS on Monday, April 23, 2012. Executive producers James Bailey and Kim Lykins; Director of Photography, Mark Susman;  Editing by Mark Susman; Post Production at FastCutFilms. Please check with for rebroadcast dates and check back with Fast Cut Films or with Texas Foundation for the Arts, for DVD availability. … [Read more...]

Art of Architecture Premieres April 23, 2012 on Houston PBS

Tune in to HoustonPBS Ch. 8 this coming MONDAY, APRIL 23 at 9:00 p.m. for the premiere of our new program, The Art of Architecture: Houston. Thank you to W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation, ArchCenter Houston Foundation, Gensler, Hines, and Houston Arts Alliance for funding the program. … [Read more...]

Heartbreak Turtle Today airs on PBS affiliates across the U.S.

Good news for sea turtles! Fast Cut Films has learned our documentary "The Heartbreak Turtle Today" was shown on Denver, Colorado PBS Station KBDI on August 25; seen August 2 on KQED for Northern California; New Hampshire NHPTV two showings on August 24 and once on August 25; Idaho PTV on August 27; and scheduled for WQPT Quad Cities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois; KPTS 8.1, Wichita, Kansas; MPTV, Milwaukee; and KCET, Los Angeles. Executive Producer: Carole Allen Produced by: Jim Bailey, Sunset Productions Production by: Fast Cut Films, Mark Susman Edited by: Mike Snow at Fast Cut Films   … [Read more...]

Restored 1910 Harris County Courthouse Rededication

On August 23, 2011, Fast Cut Films was in attendance with Harris County officials, historians, downtown office workers and local citizens for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the grand re-opening of the historic 1910 Harris County Courthouse in downtown Houston. This short clip highlights a few the unique features of the restored building. The clip also features scenes from footage we shot in 2004 prior to the demolition and remodel. Camera placement was carefully matched to help illustrate the profound changes.   Stay tuned for the rest of the story. Texas Foundation for the Arts, in association with Sunset Productions and Fast Cut Films, is producing a PBS television documentary about the history and the restoration of the 1910 Harris County Courthouse. For more information and … [Read more...]

Galveston Island to air March 2, 2011 on HoustonPBS

"Galveston Island" will air March 2, 2011 on HoustonPBS, Channel 8 at 9:30 p.m.                 … [Read more...]

Lightnin’ Hopkins Historical Marker Dedication

Fast Cut Films producers, Mark Susman and Mike Snow, were present Saturday morning, November 13, 2010 in Houston’s historic Third Ward, to witness the dedication of a state historical marker honoring Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, the legendary bluesman who lived in the Third Ward from the late 1940s until his death in January 1982. Susman and Snow, co-producers of the in-production documentary film, “Where Lightnin' Strikes,” were on hand to film the dedication ceremony that was the culmination of fifteen months of work by fellow Houstonian and blues fan, R. Eric Davis. Davis began his quest to honor Hopkins after discovering that Houston's only public memorial to Hopkins is his meager gravestone in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. “We’re getting some nice footage, said Snow. “We’ve … [Read more...]