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Archive Dive Follows Two Texans From High School To Hollywood

Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is excited to announce a very special Archive Dive coming August 30. Two former Texans explore how their careers launched from high school student productions to hit television shows.

Viet Nguyen grew up in Austin and attended Austin’s Reagan High School (now Northeast Early College High School). Nguyen and his classmates made a television show as a part of their studies. Videos of the show Scope, was digitized as part of our Texas Film Round-Up ProgramScope was part of a class taught by Rob Thomas, creator of cult Hollywood shows Veronica Mars and Party Down. Thomas went to San Marcos High School and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Nguyen is now an editor and director, including for Thomas' television series iZombie. The pair will join us to look back at these student media productions and discuss their current careers.

"TAMI does not often get the chance to feature the student films and other student-made media in its collection, and these films are among the most unique and entertaining of what we've seen," said TAMI Curator Katharine Austin. "It is a special treat to look back at the Austin roots of a student and teacher who went on to such success in the film and television industry." 

Tune in on Facebook, YouTube Live, or Twitch on Tuesday, August 30 at 6 PM Central Time. Archive Dive is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Texas Film Round-Up provides FREE digitization for Texas-related films and videotapes in exchange for the donation of a digital copy of the materials to the Archive for future generations to appreciate. Since 2008, TAMI has partnered with the Office of the Governor’s Texas Film Commission (TFC) to administer the Texas Moving Image Archive Program, providing new access to more than 50,000 films and videotapes as well as educational resources exploring Texas media history. To learn more about the Texas Moving Image Archive Program click HERE.

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is an independent non-profit organization founded in 2002 to discover, preserve, make accessible and serve community interest in Texas’ moving image heritage. To learn more about the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, visit 


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