Art of Architecture rebroadcast Ch. 8 HoustonPBS June 18, 2012 at 10:00pm

Set your DVR for the rebroadcast of "Art of Architecture" on HoustonPBS, Ch. 8.  A program of Texas Foundation for the Arts. Executive Producers Kim Lykins and James Bailey. Production and post production at Fast Cut Films. Mark Susman, director of photography. For more information please contact … [Read more...]

Fast Cut Films Begins Production on Asia Society Texas Center Documentary

Fast Cut Films started production on the third episode of Houston Arts Television featuring the new Asia Society Texas Center building designed by renowned Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi.  The film will give the viewer a behind the scene view of the beauty,  planning and meticulous design of the building. A program of  Texas Foundation for the Arts, Executive producers James Bailey and Kim Lykins.  The film is slated to air later this year. Please check back for updates and announcements. … [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...]

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...]

The Art of Architecture

Fast Cut Films is currently in production on the second episode of Houston Arts Television series titled "The Art of Architecture."  In this installment of the TV series, the artistry and enduring legacy of Houston’s architectural treasures come to life as we shine a camera lens on both the aesthetics and the historical, geographical, political, religious, economic forces that shaped them. A project of Texas Foundation for the Arts. Underwriters include Architecture Center Houston, AIA Houston, Houston Arts Alliance. For more information please contact Kim Lykins, Executive Director, Texas Foundation for the Arts.           … [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...]

Galveston Island Documentary to air in Dallas and San Antonio

(From Texas Foundation for the Arts ) KERA-TV in Dallas will broadcast “Galveston Island” this Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m., and KLRN-TV in San Antonio will broadcast the program at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28.  We hope you will tune in to see our Ava award-winning program that has also been broadcast in Houston and Austin this month. Texas Foundation for the Arts’ “Galveston Island” provides a compelling glimpse into the rich history and culture of one of Texas’ oldest and most treasured cities. Known as the “City of Firsts,” Galveston was the first city in Texas to have electric lighting, the first telephone, and one of the state’s first newspapers.  Also known as “Sin City of the Gulf” the 1930s and 40s ushered in popular nightclubs, such as the renowned … [Read more...]


HOUSTON, October 11, 2010-Texas Foundation for the Arts’ newest documentary film, “Galveston Island” will premiere on HoustonPBS Ch. 8 on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. In production since mid-2008, the 55-minute program delves into the rich history and essence of the island, and the rebuilding and resiliency of the islanders post-Hurricane Ike. KPRC-TV’s Frank Billingsley narrated the program, which was edited at Fast Cut Films in Houston. “When we started the project, our working title was ‘What I Like About Galveston,’” said producer Kim Lykins. “We began filming two weeks prior to Hurricane Ike. After Ike hit, we shifted our focus so we could chronicle the herculean task of rebuilding the island. ‘Galveston Island’ captures the history of the island as well, back to its … [Read more...]

Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins “Where Lightnin’ Strikes”

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).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. Years of playing everywhere and anywhere he could, from the woods of East Texas to the barrelhouses of Galveston, and everywhere in between, led to Sam's first recordings  in 1946. From his first hit, "Katie Mae" in which he sings, … [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...]