Instead of asking you to search your attic or closets for films and videotapes, TAMI is asking you to look through your smartphone, computer and hard drives for digital videos to share during our first Digital Round-Up. Starting March 1, Texans and others with Texas-related videos can answer the call to “Show Us Your Texas” by visiting TexasArchive.org/Digital to contribute a digital video file telling the story of themselves, their family or their community.
The Texas Film Round-Up, which has focused on physical film and videotape in past years, is shifting its focus to digital video with the hope of capturing more recent moving images that document or demonstrate places, traditions, events, or other Texas topics. With approximately 96 percent of Americans owning smartphones, TAMI also hopes that the Digital Round-Up will reach Texans who may not have had access to camcorders, Super 8 cameras, or other film or videotape cameras.
So pull out your phone or sit down at your computer and take a few minutes to find the one video you think most speaks to the Texas experience. Then, upload it at TexasArchive.org/Digital. Materials can be contributed through April 5. Contributed videos will be incorporated into TAMI’s collection in a number of ways: video posts, edited videos, educational resources, and more.