This student film, made by Elizabeth Alvarado-McVey, uses archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, paired with narration from the filmmaker, to tell the story of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and life for the residents of Galveston that live with major hurricanes on a regular basis. Alvarado-McVey and her family are from Galveston, and she discusses her family's decision to remain in Galveston, despite the consistent storms. Footage in this film comes from the Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center and Richard Eisenhour collections.
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.