TAMI Presents: When Texas Saw Red


“When Texas Saw Red” Explores Cold War Culture in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, January 5, 2015/Texas Archive of the Moving Image/ - In November 2014, the world celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Only weeks later, the United States and Cuba announced that the two countries would normalize diplomatic relations after more than fifty years, suggesting that one of the last chapters of the Cold War may be closing. With the passing of these two events, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) selected highlights from its collection through which to explore the intricate, complicated history of this post-WWII period.  In "When Texas Saw Red,” TAMI explores the ways Cold War culture permeated Texas news, politics, home life, schools, careers, and entertainment. Join us for a peek behind the “curtain” to see uniquely Texan experiences of the national and international political context of the mid-to late twentieth century.

“Films from the nuclear age are fascinating today - for those who never lived through the threat of a nuclear bomb and also for those people who remember the era and the atmosphere of fear that was pervasive during that time,” said exhibit curator Madeline Moya. “With the recent anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the groundbreaking diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, this material is very relevant to our foreign relations today.”

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.  Over two thousand of these films are available to view on the TAMI website,