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Fatal Car Wreck I (2013)

Scott Christopherson

Sound | 2013

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  •  The scene of the car crash 
  •  The narrator reflects on regrets and random memories 
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This student film, made by Hunter Rowe, uses archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image to tell the story of a man reflecting on his death and life after a fatal car crash. The film uses picturesque home movie scenes as the narrator speaks about his life--what he did and what he did not do, who he loved and who he never had the chance to love, and the places he went and the places he did not get to go. Footage in this film comes from the Gordon Wilkison, Horak Family, and A.M. Harper collections.

The films in this collection are a result of a partnership between St. Edward’s University and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image to produce documentary student films. Students in Scott Christopherson’s Documentary Production class were  assigned to create a 3-5 minute film using archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) website with an emphasis on creating story arcs. Using four films from TAMI, the students could choose to narrate the clips using a personal story or memory from childhood; explore what it means to be a Texan or living in Texas (focusing on one or two aspects of Texas Culture); interpret the footage using a series of audio interviews that somehow correlate to the images; explore what is means to be Latino or Chicano in Texas; or create sound effects, narration, and a story for the images.

The filmmaker, Hunter Rowe, describes his process in making this film:

The inspiration for this film was conceived during my initial search for images on the TAMI website.  I discovered the images of a fatal car crash from many years ago.  I thought about how many times I’ve passed a car accident, seen the wreckage, and failed to think about the person who was affected.  The clip I discovered was titled Fatal Car Wreck I—but obviously, this is more than just a generic and nameless car crash.  Someone died in this crash: someone with a story, a family, and all of the other things that make us human.

From this point on, I began compiling other images in an attempt to provide a voice to the nameless person who died many years ago.