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‘Texas Film Round-Up’ begins at LU

film stackTexas Film Round-Up, October 21-23. On those days, TAMI staff will be present at LU’s Mary and John Gray Library to collect films and videotapes from the public for free digitalization.

A free public screening will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 4 p.m. on the 6th floor of the library featuring historic footage of the Golden Triangle and Mid County, including home movies believed to be the oldest existing footage of Beaumont.

TAMI discovered that film from the Gulf Coast area is especially susceptible to decomposition and many valuable collections have been lost to natural disasters. The organization promotes the Texas Film Round-Up as an opportunity to preserve materials before they are lost.

Individuals from Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange and all the areas nearby are encouraged to bring family collections of 16mm and 8mm film reels or VHS tapes to the library for free digitization. Staff will accept collections at the Library on October 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and October 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To qualify for free digitization, films must be Texas related, and participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of the film to TAMI’s archive found at TAMI is a non-profit organization that, in partnership with the Texas Film Commission, works to discover, preserve, educate and provide access to, and educate communities about Texas’s film heritage by partnering with institutions and individuals across the state.

For more information, visit where more than 4,000 of the more than 35,000 films collected since 2008 can be viewed online.