“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...]

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...]

“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...]