Now Showing: Starring the Lone Star State


The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is excited to release our latest web exhibit, “Starring the Lone Star State.” For over a century, Texas has served as a location for thousands of film productions, from independent features to Hollywood blockbusters. The state has also been home to some of cinema’s most influential players both in front of and behind the camera:  Joan Crawford, Debbie Reynolds, Matthew McConaughey, and Robert Rodriguez, to name only a few. Texas’ prominent role in the industry began with the very dawn of American cinema at the turn of the 20th century. In “Starring the Lone Star State,” TAMI leads viewers through highlighted films in our collection to explore the history of moviemaking in the state. Join us — it’s time for Texas’ close-up!

“This is the most exciting exhibit we have produced yet,” says Madeline Moya, TAMI’s curator. “We are featuring videos from our collection that have never been seen that film fans will get a big kick out of. There are outtakes, behind the scenes footage, unedited interviews, and much more. My favorite is footage of Ben Stiller and Winona Ryder during the production of Reality Bites, which was filmed in Houston.” There is also footage of Dean Martin and Jimmy Stewart behind the scenes of Bandolero! (1968) in Alamo Village and a Spencer Williams “Race” film from 1941, so the broad reach of the exhibit appeals to all film audiences.

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The Texas Archive of the Moving Image, a non-profit organization, discovers preserves, makes accessible, and serves community interest in Texas film heritage. By partnering with institutions and individuals across the state, TAMI digitizes and provides web access to thousands of moving images that offer insight to Texas history and culture.  Almost three thousand of these films are available to view on the TAMI website,