Texas Film Roundup wants your old home movies for archives

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ENTRE Film Center 2022 Home Movie Day (Courtesy: Cielo Zuniga)

Those untouched home videos and film reels hidden away in closets across the Rio Grande Valley — there are gems inside.

The Texas Film Roundup looks to discover the community’s untold stories by collecting and digitizing Texas-related films and videotapes, including home movies. ENTRÉ Film Center, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Texas Film Commission are collaborating on the project.

The program, running today through Oct. 8, invites community members to drop off their home movies at one of 12 locations in Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy counties. Services are offered in exchange for the donation of a digital copy to the archive program.

The project places a focus on gathering Valley residents’ more intimate moments, while creating a visual collection to add to the region’s oral histories.

“We feel like it’s really important to our cultural heritage,” said C. Diaz, co-founder of ENTRE, an artist-run community film center and regional archive based in Harlingen. “We’re not a monolith. (The films) give broader insight into the experience here. It’s more than the stereotypical narrative, and allows us to celebrate different ways of living.”

“We often hear, ‘You don’t really want my home movies and videos,’” said Texas Archive of the Moving Image managing director Elizabeth Hansen. “These are dead artifacts, and we’re trying to bring these back to life.”

“A lot of people don’t think they’re home movies are important,” Diaz added. “We can learn from and preserve them for future generations to come.”

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is a nonprofit organization working to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas’ film heritage. Much of its collection is available to view at www.texasarchive.org.

ENTRE Film Center 2022 Home Movie Day (Courtesy: Cielo Zuniga)

The award-winning public history program has resulted in the preservation of more than 45,000 films and videotapes. Participants will also be able to share a copy of their materials with ENTRE, in support of their activities to preserve and share stories of the RGV.

In celebration of Home Movie Day, a globally recognized event marked annually in October, a weekend of events will honor RGV culture and history. In addition, home movies will be accepted for digitization during these events.

>> From 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, the city of Port Isabel and the Texas Historical Commission alongside TAMI and ENTRE will be hosting a screening of “Misterio en las Bermudas,” directed by Gilberto Martínez Solares, at the Port Isabel Lighthouse, 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd. The film was released in 1979 and shot at South Padre Island.

>> From 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, ENTRE Film Center will host Home Movie Day at 415 W. Jackson Ave. in Harlingen. Community members may bring their home movies to be inspected (and sometimes screened) while learning how to care for these precious memories.

>> From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, the Texas Film Roundup continues at the Museum of South Texas History, 200 N. Closner Blvd. in Edinburg.

Texas Film Round-Up
Texas Film Round-Up locations

Bring your home movies (film and video) to one of the drop-off sites listed below between Sept. 25 and Oct. 4 during hours of operation.


>> Roma Public Library, 1705 N. Athens St., Roma

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

>> Rio Grande City Public Library, 591 E. 3rd St., Rio Grande City

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday


>> Speer Memorial Library, 801 E. 12th St., Mission

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

>> McAllen Heritage Center, 301 S. Main St., McAllen

1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday

>> Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Memorial Library, 416 N. Tower Road, Alamo

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

>> Mayor Joe V. Sánchez Public Library, 525 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


>> San Benito Library, 101 W. Rose St., San Benito

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

>> Ethel Whipple Memorial Library, 402 W. Ocean Blvd., Los Fresnos

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

>> Brownsville Public Library (Main Branch), 2600 Central Blvd., Brownsville

>> Brownsville Public Library (Southmost Branch), 4320 Southmost Road, Brownsville

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday

>> Port Isabel Public Library, 213 N. Yturria St., Port Isabel

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday


>> Reber Memorial Library, 193 N. 4th St., Raymondville

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday