Texas Film Commission Announces First Ever Digital Film Round-Up
16 Mar 2021
The Texas Film Commission (TFC) and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) announced the first ever Texas Film Round-Up focused on digital video, and asked Texans to rediscover and share their favorite Texas-related videos from their smartphones, computers, and hard drives for preservation in TAMI’s archival library.
During the month of March, Texans are asked to answer the call to “Show Us Your Texas” by visiting TexasArchive.org/Digital to contribute a digital video file telling the story of themselves, their family, or their community. The Texas Film Round-Up, which has focused on physical film and videotape in past years, is shifting its focus to digital video during this special event aimed at capturing more recent moving images that document or demonstrate places, traditions, events, or other Texas topics. From the contributions, materials will be incorporated into TAMI’s collection in a number of ways: video posts, edited videos, educational resources, and more.
Over the last 12 years, the Round-Up has focused on quickly obsolescing film and videotape formats, resulting in the conversion of more than 50,000 films and videotape to digital video files. A curated collection of more than 5,000 of those videos is available to watch at TexasArchive.org, but less than 200 of those date from the last 20 years. With the Digital Round-Up, the organization hopes to increase its coverage of the last 20 years while opening the program up to a more diverse audience.