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The Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection, no. 2 - Student Film of Stockman Settlement (1976)

Ouida Whitaker Dean

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  •  A narrated view of some of the land of Shelby County 
  •  Elmer Hancock tells stories of his grandfather and other early settlers of East Texas 
  •  Heber Williams relates his grandparents’ move from Florida to Texas in the 19th century 
  •  Burton and Troy Franks give an account of the brief history of the cotton industry in East Texas 
  •  Hancock recalls story of how his grandfather ended up in Stockman 
  •  A deed of land from 1856, signed by Sam Houston 
  •  Hancock reflects on the hardships of his grandparents and their old way of life 
  •  Memories of the cotton industry 
  •  Williams on the history of the rocks and timberland of his property 
 
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This student film from 1976 brings together interviews with four men who were descended from some of the original families to settle the Stockman area of Shelby County, Texas. They discuss the lives of their grandparents, the cotton industry that used to exist in East Texas, and the rocks and woods of the land.
A self-taught photographer, Ouida Whitaker Dean decided to learn filmmaking in her late thirties so that she could bring moving image production into her Shelby County high school classroom. After attending a seminar at the Rice Media Center, she launched an “Artists in Schools” media program, a joint effort of Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. With two school-bought cameras and her own camera, Dean and her students shot silent footage around the town of Timpson. She participated in the production of the films both on and off screen, personally editing the films at home.
 
Created just a year after the integration of the local public schools, many of the films eloquently capture the shifting socio-cultural, ethnic, and economic realities of East Texas in the 1970s. Dean also aspired to capture the area’s experience of the women’s rights movement, pitching her idea for Women in Agriculture (1976) to her students during the second year of the program. Perhaps her most compelling work, the film features candid interviews with community women discussing their roles on family farms. Dean, however, was dismissed from her teaching position not long after the film was completed, and Women in Agriculture was never publicly shown. Although she won a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school board, Dean never returned to teaching, choosing instead to continue her work in journalism, regional history, and photography.
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