Texas Film Round-Up

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image will partner with Lamar University to bring the Texas Film Round-Up to Beaumont  October 21-23 at the Mary and John Gray Library on the Lamar University campus. TAMI staff will be on-site to collect films and videotapes from the public for FREE digitization, and an exhibition on film history and preservation will be on display for public viewing as well as a reel of Beaumont area footage. TAMI encourages citizens of Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange, and all of the cities in between to bring their family collections to the library on Friday from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, and Sunday from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. There will be free parking in any lot on campus!

TAMI will also host a free public screening on Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 in the library’s Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement on the 6th floor. Come see historic footage of the Golden Triangle and Mid County, including parades, industry, campaign ads, and 1920s home movies that are believed to be the oldest existing footage of Beaumont! Author Greg Riley will also speak at the event. Mr. Riley discovered the 1920s Yount-Manion Films while researching his 2005 book, Black Gold to Bluegrass: From the Oil Fields of Texas to Spindletop Farm of Kentucky.

The Texas Film Round-Up provides FREE digitization for Texas-related films and videos in exchange for the donation of a digital copy of the materials to www.texasarchive.org. Since 2008, the program has provided new access to more than 30,000 films and videos and served hundreds of individuals and institutions.  The program is open to home movies, advertisements, local television, community films, and more. Your films and videotapes are valuable records of Texas history and culture, and with your help, Texas’ media heritage will be available for future generations to appreciate.  We encourage all of you to dig up your family films and videos out of closets, sheds, or drawers and bring them to the Texas Film Round-Up. To qualify for free digitization, participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to TAMI’s archive, a digital collection at texasarchive.org. We also collect copies of Texas-related films that have already been digitized. A list of accepted formats for the program is below.
In the free digitization program, TAMI will inventory your films and videotapes, provide minor cleaning and repairs if necessary, and digitize the materials.  We will then return your originals, along with the digitized files, either transferred to a portable drive that you provide or as DVDs. Due to high demand, this entire process can take up to five months.  
To qualify:   
  • Films or videos must be Texas-related (i.e. shot in Texas, shot by a Texan, or be about Texas) 
  • The owner must be willing and able to contribute a digital copy of the materials to the archive ( i.e. you are or you represent the copyright holder)  
  • No more than 50 items, a combination of films and/or videotapes, may be contributed per household.  However, the maximum number of videotapes per collection is 10, and the maximum feet of film per collection is 3,500.  Don’t hesitate to bring all your films and videotapes! TAMI professionals will be on-site to help you determine if your collection exceeds TAMI’s size limits.  Contact us at  info@texasarchive.org  or (512) 485-3073 for more information.
Accepted formats:
  • Film:  16mm, 8mm, Super 8
  • Video :  VHS, VHS-C, Betacam SP, Betamax, ¾”/U-Matic, 8mm/Hi8/Video8/Digital8
Please inquire about additional formats.


Offered in partnership with the  Texas Film Commission.


The Texas Film Round-Up is the Winner of the  2010 AASLH Leadership in History Award of Merit and Wow Award .