“Messin’ All Over Texas: PR!MO Docudramatainment Show For Television,” is a spoof of a theatrical trailer made by Houston filmmaker Alex “PR!MO” Luster for TAMI’s Mess With Texas program. Combining grand scenes from archival films with a dramatic voiceover and humorous intertitles, the trailer promises an “epic saga of an adventure of a lifetime with a cast of thousands!”
This video was produced as part of the 2012 Mess With Texas program, commissioned for the exhibition Perspectives 178: CINEPLEX at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, in partnership with Aurora Picture Show and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Texas-based film/video artists Kelly Sears, Mark and Angela Walley, Scott Stark, Alec Jhangiani, and Alex Luster delved into the vast collection of movies, newsreels, and homemade films in the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and created entirely new works from the footage. These new reworkings are creative intersections of past and present, bringing new life to cinematic memory.
For a list of the original films used to create the Mess With Texas shorts, click here.
Alex “PR!MO” Luster is a documentary filmmaker, Emmy-award winning television producer/editor and the creator/director for digital media projects. Hailing from Houston, Alex’s creative projects highlight everything from sub-culture movements to mainstream arts. Like many of his generation, Alex grew up in front of the television. As a teenager, he interviewed six times with the local Telemundo news station. His determination paid off when he finally landed an internship. At age 14, Alex juggled high school classes while working 30 to 50 hours a week assisting photographers in the field. Within a few months, he was shooting stories for the nightly news. Alex went on to work at Houston’s top television stations in the news, promotions and programming departments while he worked on his own short documentaries and music variety programs under his pseudonym, Primo. Alex recently shot, edited, produced and directed his first full-length documentary, Stick ‘Em Up!, which gives an in-depth look into Houston’s illegal street art movement. (from the filmmaker’s website.)