This student film, made by Jonathan Lopez, uses archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, paired with narration from the filmmaker's father, Jesse Lopez, to chronicle the life of Jesse's sister, Janie, who was killed by her husband at a very young age in San Antonio. Jesse describes her many qualities and tells the harrowing story of the day she was murdered. The filmmaker uses intertitles with selected quotations from the narration and a Charles Bukowski poem to emphasize the emotion of Janie's death. Footage in this film comes from the Stack Family Films, The Peggy Shiman Collection, The Ludeke Family Collection, and the National Archives and Records Administration.
The films in this collection are a result of a partnership between St. Edward's University and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image to produce documentary student films. Students in Scott Christopherson's Documentary Production class were assigned to create a 3-5 minute film using archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) website with an emphasis on creating story arcs. Using four films from TAMI, the students could choose to narrate the clips using a personal story or memory from childhood; explore what it means to be a Texan or living in Texas (focusing on one or two aspects of Texas Culture); interpret the footage using a series of audio interviews that somehow correlate to the images; explore what is means to be Latino or Chicano in Texas; or create sound effects, narration, and a story for the images.