The Judy B. McDonald Public Library brings the Texas Film Round-Up to Nacogdoches, TX, to provide residents with free digitization services for their Texas-related films and videos. Residents may drop off materials at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library between April 26 through May 3. A collaboration between the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) and the Texas Film Commission (TFC), the Film Round-Up accepts home movies, educational films, advertisements, local television and other films in the hopes of preserving Texas’ media history.
To qualify for free digitization, participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to Texas Archive of the Moving Image, a digital collection of Texas streaming video at www.texasarchive.org. Original films and videos will be returned to contributors after digitization— along with two DVD copies (or digital files) and information about safe media storage. Loan and Use Agreements can be filled out on-site at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library.
Winner of the 2010 American Association of State and Local History’s Leadership in History Award of Merit and WOW Award, the Texas Film Round-Up has provided for the free digitization of more than 7,000 films in the last three years. A selection of those films is available for free viewing at www.texasarchive.org.
“We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the community, from Nacogdoches to all of the surrounding East Texas area, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s films,” said Crystal Hicks, assistant library director. “We encourage everyone to visit the digital collection online and to contact us or the TAMI if there are any questions about the process.”
TAMI is an independent non-profit organization founded in 2002 to discover, preserve and provide access to and educate the community about Texas’ film heritage. More information on the TAMI can be found at www.texasfilmroundup.org or by contacting (512) 485-3073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.