New Releases: February 2013



New additions to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image in February include amateur films and home movies from the Burwell Collection videos about San Antonio’s tourism and film industries in the Kathryn L. Rhoads Collection, and home movies documenting the Texas Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s-70s from the Avena-Wilson Collection.

The home movies of Houston filmmaker Charles Burwell document the city of Houston in the 1960s and 70s, as well as America’s counterculture during those decades. In this video see footage of the Apollo XI astronauts in a Houston parade upon the return of the moon landing mission. Burwell’s special effect techniques are on display in this short narrative, Aladdin’s Camera,  in which a young man discovers a Genie in his film camera and spends a romantic afternoon with her in Houston’s Hermann Park. See scenes of 1970s counterculture in this footage of the first concert at Gatlin Creek in 1972. Scenes of concert-goers in their vans, camping, playing with their dogs, and sitting around fires are included among concert footage of the Bob Seger System.

Videos from the Kathryn L. Rhoads Collection include promotional films for the city of San Antonio and television programs, news broadcasts, and city council meetings discussing achievements of the San Antonio film industry. Learn the history of the San Antonio film industry in Lights, Camera, Action, San Antonio!, and be sure to catch Texan George Strait singing “Christmastime in Texas” as part of Perry Como’s 1986 Christmas special filmed in San Antonio.  Included in episodes of Manager’s Report and Mayor’s Forum from San Antonio’s public access channel are many PSAs from the 1990s. A favorite is the Latina Just Vote PSA in this episode of Mayor's Forum where you can catch Latina actresses such as Raquel Welch and Jennifer Lopez promoting Latina participation in the electoral process. If you recognize more these prominent Latinas, please let us know!

The home movie collection of Linda Wilson and Richard Avena, a former member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, reflects the couple’s participation in the civil rights movement, particularly in South Texas. In this home movie from 1969, watch scenes of United States Senators Ralph Yarborough and Walter Mondale conducting a senate committee hearing in Edinburg, Texas that became heated as protestors from Migrants In Action demanded solutions to the extreme poverty in which many migrant laborers lived. Following the hearing are scenes of labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez in the Avena family’s home. In the Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 11 – MAYO March for Alfonso Flores, watch scenes of the march that took place in Pharr, Texas in the aftermath of the Pharr Police Riot of 1971. Activists march in honor of Flores and in protest to police brutality and discrimination against Mexican-Americans in Texas. On a lighter note, check out this home movie from a 1968 presidential campaign rally for Hubert Humphrey in San Antonio where celebrities Rafer Johnson, Lee Majors, Chubby Checker, and Sonny Bono endorsed Humphrey alongside Texas politicians Henry B. Gonzalez and Ben Barnes.

Enjoy and check back next month for more new releases!