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Texas Film Commission 25th Anniversary (1996)

Texas Film Commission

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  •  Reporters Stephanie Rochon and Dick Ellis trace the origins of the Texas film industry back to James T. “Happy” Shahan 
  •  Lisa Leigh speaks with Texas-born actor and writer Turk Pipkin 
  •  Actor and comedian Pauly Shore wishes the Texas Film Commission happy birthday 
  •  Musician Joe Ely, born in Amarillo and raised in Lubbock, performs 
  •  A look at the many Texas-born Hollywood stars 
  •  The filmmaking benefits of Texas’s diverse terrain 
  •  Austin-based band Rainravens performs 
  •  Producer Lynda Obst discusses why she likes setting projects in Texas 
  •  Austin-based band Storyville performs 
  •  Storyville performs another song 
  •  Actor Chuck Norris discusses his motivation for doing Walker Texas Ranger 
  •  Then Governor George W. Bush explains why he wants Texas to become the home for film 
  •  Joe Ely performs another song 
  •  Rochon and Ellis list some of the many films made in Texas, including Wings (1927), which won the first Academy Award for Best Picture 
  •  Joe Ely closes the program 
 
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This video footage documents the Texas Film Commission’s 25th Anniversary celebration in Austin, Texas. The hosts give a brief history of the Texas film industry and trivia about Texas films throughout the program as Texas artists Joe Ely, Rainravens, and Storyville perform at the party. Celebrities such as comedian Pauly Shore, director Frank Q. Dobbs, and actor Tom Arnold speak on filmmaking in Texas and wish the Texas Film Commission a happy anniversary. Also included is a prerecorded segment of then Governor George W. Bush speaking about the Texas Film Commission’s work and the Texas film industry.
The Texas Film Commission (TFC) was created in 1971 by Texas Governor Preston Smith, who found that it was “in the social, economic and educational interest of Texas to encourage the development of the film-communication industry,” and that “Texas has a uniquely vast array of resources, natural, human and economic, which lend themselves to the firm and orderly development of a healthy film production industry.” Since then, the TFC has expanded to include the film, television, commercial, video game and animation industries. Over the years, the TFC has been the link between industry professionals spread across the State, creating a community interested in expanding the local media environment. (From the TFC website.)