Independent and entrepreneurial filmmakers have always played an important role in the larger American motion picture heritage. Unfortunately, many of their films remain unknown and undiscovered. Not included in corporate or state archival collections, they are often forgotten or lost in private homes and abandoned warehouses. The films of Shadrack (Shad) Graham serve as excellent examples of these independent, entrepreneurial films. A former Hollywood director, Graham produced documentary films about daily life in small towns across the United States throughout the Depression years. After filming an award-winning documentary about the disastrous Texas City explosion in 1947, Graham relocated to Missouri City, TX, and focused on his "Our Home Town" series -- films that encouraged commerce and civic activity in rural communities. Although many of the films produced by his company, Texas News Trailers, from this period are missing, this clip from still existent, "Our Home Town: San Marcos", illustrates Graham's work well.