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Tales of a Bahr (2013)

Scott Christopherson

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  •  The Bahrs describe their home and land 
  •  The Bahrs describe summers with their kids 
  •  Sharon's love of sports as a child 
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This student film, made by Sharon Bahr, uses archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, paired with an audio interview, to document her parents’ memories of her childhood. Her parents lovingly recount their home, their summers, and Sharon’s many interests as a child. Footage in this film comes from the Society of Folk Dance Historians, Walter Lengel, Baylor Family, and Burwell 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, Sharon Bahr, describes her experience making this film:

‘Tales of a Bahr’ is a short documentary reflecting on my childhood and experiences growing up in Texas as told through the memories of my parents. From running around and playing in the woods to living around different animals, these parts of my childhood were large influences in my upbringing and the person I have become.

Though never realizing it while growing up, I had a childhood that was uniquely Texan. Living on a large amount of open space with nature and wildlife is not something that many people can say was a part of their childhood. When watching archived footage of other Texans it helped me remember on my own experiences and urged me to tell my story of growing up through their images.