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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, www.texarts.org. 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...]

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...]

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. www.texarts.org           … [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  www.texarts.org ) 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 Arts Television – Episode 1”

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. Executive Producers: Kim Bjork Lykins and Jim Bailey Producer: Mark Susman Editor: Mike Snow … [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...]

“In Search of Houston’s History”

Produced in cooperation with the Houston Public Library, this 60 minute documentary takes the viewer on an exploration of the invaluable archival collections of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center found in the Julia Ideson Building. The history of Houston is revealed through the use of old photographs, vintage maps, historic documents and personal recollection. Viewers learn about Houston's African American and Latin American communities, the city's architecture, old movie palaces and historic landmarks, and much more. Excerpt from the documentary "In Search of Houston's History" The film premiered on HoustonPBS on Oct. 18, 2008 Produced by Jim Bailey, Sunset Productions Post Production Fast Cut Films Creative Director: Mark Susman Editor: Mike Snow … [Read more...]

“Sleeping with the Elephants”

This documentary follows the 22 month long pregnancy of one of the elephants at the Houston Zoo. Viewers are taken along for a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day care of the expectant mother; from dietary needs, exercise, and baths, to check-ups and final preparations for the birth of a baby. Tensions grow high as the pregnancy goes longer than expected. The film premiered on HoustonPBS in 2007. Produced by Sunset Productions Written by James Bailey Creative Director: Mark Susman Editor: Mike Snow … [Read more...]