The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) brings its new statewide traveling educational program, the Texas Film Round-Up, to the Cine El Ray in McAllen on Friday, May 15 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Historic Brownsville Museum in Brownsville on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and to the Rialto Theatre in Harlingen on Sunday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Working to preserve Texas-related film and video, TAMI will be on-site at all locations to offer free film and video digitization, to screen unique footage of the Rio Grande Valley, and to display their traveling exhibit, Preserving Memories: Texas’ Moving Image Legacy.

The cornerstone of the Texas Film Round-Up is TAMI’s free digitization program, which is available to anyone with Texas-related film or video who is willing to contribute an electronic copy of their materials to TAMI’s online library: Donors can drop off their film and video at each Round-Up location. After digitization is complete, TAMI will return the originals to contributors, along with two DVD copies of their materials and information on how to keep those materials safe. TAMI will bring their digitization equipment to all locations to demonstrate the process.

The Texas Film Round-Up kicks off on Friday night in McAllen with a screening at the Cine El Ray theater. The evening will feature a series of border-themed films including shorts from the archive of the CineSol Film Festival, and highlights from TAMI’s archival collection. Screening starts at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Round-Up travels to Brownsville for the debut screening of the Historic Brownsville Museum’s “Snake King of Brownsville” footage at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The turn-of-the-century footage comes from a newsreel on Brownsville snake farmer W.A. King. The film suffered significant deterioration due to the unstable nature of nitrate film, but TAMI, the Library of Congress and the Historic Brownsville Museum have worked together to preserve the remaining film via digitization.

On Sunday, the Round-Up at Harlingen’s Rialto Theater will include screenings of footage from several area archives. The screenings will be offered in partnership with the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum.

The weekend’s programming will also include additional screenings and a family-friendly, interactive exhibit. Newsreels, home movies, educational films and other materials from the TAMI collection relating to the Lower Rio Grande Valley will be screened throughout all three days. Participants will learn about Texas’ unique media history, the need for film and video preservation, and how to take care of media via TAMI’s Preserving Memories exhibit. The exhibit also features several interactive components and a guide for children.

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is an independent non-profit organization founded in 2002 to discover, preserve and make accessible Texas film heritage. The Texas Film Round-up is offered in partnership with the Office of the Governor’s Texas Film Commission and will travel to Lubbock in July. The Valley Film Round-Up is also offered in partnership with the Harlingen Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, the CineSol Film Festival, the Cine El Ray Theater, the Historic Brownsville Museum, the Agrasanchez Film Archive, the McAllen Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Rialto Theater.

More information on the Texas Film Round-Up can be found at or by contacting TAMI at (512) 485-3073 or

May 15, 2009

Cine El Ray

311 South 17th St., McAllen, TX 78501

6 p.m to 11 p.m.

8 p.m. — Featured Screening

May 16, 2009

The Historic Brownsville Museum

641 E. Madison St., Brownsville, TX 78520

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2 p.m. - Debut screening of the “Snake King of Brownsville” footage

May 17, 2009

The Rialto Theatre

103 W. Jackson St., Harlingen, TX 78520

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2 p.m. — Special screening