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Post Oak Boulevard:  A Texas Legacy

 

The "backbone" of the Uptown Houston/Galleria area, Post Oak Boulevard is rich in Texas history and lore, as well as many high end retailers, commercial buildings, historic homes and residential high rise towers. (Premiered on Houston Public Media TV 8/PBS on June 27, 2016)

 

  

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 Houston Ship Channel:  Deep Water Centennial

This hour long program (2014) explores the rich 100-year history and present-day operations of the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, now the busiest port in the United States.

 The documentary tells the story of the visionaries who worked to transform Buffalo Bayou into the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel a century ago.  This fast-paced film includes interviews with men and women, often multi-generational, who work the Ship Channel and Port of Houston, as well as dramatic scenes of Houston harbor pilots, who board the moving ships at sea and guide them expertly through the ship channel to the docks.  

2015 Bronze Telly Award, documentary film category.

 

 

 

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Asia Society Texas Center: Building Bridges of Understanding  

The third episode of Houston Arts Television, this half-hour long program features a gleaming architectural masterpiece, Asia Society Texas Center, designed by famed architect Yoshio Taniguchi.  The program highlights the growing Asian presence in Texas and how ASTC is fast becoming a major business, arts and cultural exchange forum for Texas.  There are three Asia Society buildings in the world:  Hong Kong, New York and Houston.  The program premiered on Houston Pubic Media TV 8/PBS on April 21, 2013; broadcast on KLRU in Austin and KERA in Dallas, KEDT in Corpus, and KNCT in Killeen.

 

Famed architect Yoshio Taniguchi in his office while mist forms on Asia Society Houston's second floor

 

The Art of Architecture: Houston (26-minutes) 2012.  Winner of a 2012 Bronze Telly Award, the second episode of Houston Arts Television is a celebration of Houston’s stunning architecture.  Takes viewers on a compelling tour of downtown skyscrapers, residential areas and the city’s quirky buildings.  Includes entertaining comments from architectural experts. Premiered on HoustonPBS on April 23, 2012, and was broadcast on KLRU and KEDT in Corpus.

Houston Arts Television (26-minutes) 2009.   The premiere episode of our ongoing series offers a glimpse into the private storage rooms at the Menil Collection; artists working in their studios at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Houston Children’s Chorus; a student from the High School for the Performing Arts; and a tour of the city’s impressive civic art collection.  

AMA 2010 Crystal Award for Excellence/Feature Documentary;

Silver REMI Award, WorldFest Houston 2009

 

 

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TEXAS OUR LAND (6)

 

 

 

 

 

The 1910 Harris County Courthouse (26-minutes).  Documentary about the history and restoration of this grand 100-year-old courthouse that, over the past century, was thoughtlessly and drastically altered due to the needs of the county government at the time.  With its newly restored exterior and interior rotunda, featuring a spectacular leaded glass dome, the building may lead the way for the preservation of other historic Houston landmarks Program ran on KLRU in Austin and KERA in Dallas Nov. 2012.

Preservation Houston 2013 Good Brick Award winner

 

 

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Producer Jim Bailey and DP Mark Susman filming in Galveston in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike

  • Galveston Island (56-minutes) 2010.  A look at the history and charm of this famous Gulf Coast playground with its beaches and historic buildings.  Story explores the history of gambling casinos and other forbidden pleasures that attracted thousands of tourists to the island.  Describes the devastation of Hurricane Ike and how the Islanders responded. 

Winner of a Bronze 2012 Telly Award

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2010 Gold Ava Award

 

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  • Uncommon Law:  The Life of Leon Jaworski  (26-minutes) 2007.  A biography of the legendary Texas attorney who sprang from humble beginnings and went on to play an important role in international events such as the Nuremberg trials and the Watergate hearings, and, closer to home, the growth and expansion of the Texas Medical Center.

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  • Sleeping with the Elephants (56-minutes) 2007.  Film documenting the birth of Mac, the baby elephant at the Houston Zoo.  Touching story as elephant keepers are not sure whether the mother will accept the new baby or reject it.  Camera crew spent extensive time with the elephants and their keepers before and after the birth.  Excellent fit with a nature series.

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  • The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses – Volume 3 (56-minutes) 2006. Third in the series about the varied collection of Texas’ county courthouses.   Story revolves around the restoration of the beautiful 1880s Wharton County Courthouse and how the community rallied to save the historic building.  Texans have a strong love affair with their county courthouses and television programming about the courthouses has strong appeal.

 

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  • Brushstrokes of South Texas:  The Murals of Daniel Lechón (26-minutes) 2005.  Story of the Mexican-born artist who created a series of murals in his Houston studio about the history of South Texas.  The story follows him as he installs his murals in the Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas History in Sarita, Texas.  Explores early ranch life in South Texas. Communicator Award of Distinction 2005.

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  • Student Athletes (26-minutes) 2005.  Camera crews followed the lives of four student athletes at Rice University to show how they balance academics and athletics.  Honest look at two football players, a baseball player and women’s basketball player at an Ivy League-type university that stresses success in the classroom as well as the playing field.

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  • 125 Years of Sam Houston State University (26-minutes) 2004.  Celebrates the history of Texas’ most historic teachers’ college and its relationship to the town of Huntsville, home of Texas hero Sam Houston.  Provides a glimpse into the early days of education and college life in Texas.  Former CBS newsman Dan Rather talks about his college years at Sam Houston State.

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  • The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses – Volume 2 (56-minutes) 2004.  Second in the series featuring Texas’ unrivaled collection of historic county courthouses.  Highlights the Hill County Courthouse, a Victorian masterpiece destroyed by a fire and then fully restored.  The near-loss of this architectural icon began the movement to preserve Texas’ treasured courthouses, the largest collection of Victorian architecture in the United States.

 

  • The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses – Volume 1 (26-minutes) 2003.  First in the series of courthouse stories, it follows the restoration of the historic Goliad County Courthouse, as well as a dozen others across the state.  Communicator Award of Distinction 2004.

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  • The Prairie View A&M Story (56-minutes) 2002.  An in-depth history of the second oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas, and for nearly 75 years, the state’s only public college that would admit African American students.  A compelling story of racial injustice and discrimination, determination and the perseverance of black leaders for higher education, and finally acceptance and equality.  Videographer Award of Excellence 2003.

  

Additional Programs Produced in cooperation with Sunset Productions and

Texas Foundation for the Arts that premiered on Houston Public Media TV 8/PBS

 

 

  • The Heartbreak Turtle Today (26-minutes) 2011.  Camera crews captured the survival and restoration of the almost-extinct Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles along the Gulf Coast from Mexico to Galveston.  A follow-up to the KUHT documentary “The Heartbreak Turtle” (circa 1980)

 

  • Montrose TX:  The Transformation of a Neighborhood (26-minutes) 2010.  A nostalgic look at one of the most colorful and famous neighborhoods in all of Texas--Montrose.  Captivating recollection of its history, decline and rebirth, and its reputation as the “Gay Mecca” of Texas and Houston’s Greenwich Village.

 

  • In Search of Houston’s History (56-minutes) 2010.  A remarkable look at the history of many of Houston’s famous landmarks, legends and neighborhoods.  Explores how the city’s history is being archived at the Texas Room at the Spanish-style Julia Ideson Building, part of the Houston Public Library System.

 

  • Breaking Through (26-minutes) 2009.  Documentary about students from Houston’s inner city schools and how they “break through” educational and technical challenges to finish high school and go on to college.  Candid, frank overview of our education system provided by Dr. Steve Kleinberg.

 

  • Forever Free (26-minutes) 2008.  Overview of African Americans’ historic role in Texas politics and the State Legislature.  Features biographical information about Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland, two of Houston’s high-profile legislators who went on to serve in the U.S. Congress in the 70s and 80s.

 

  • Juneteenth:  A Celebration of Freedom (26-minutes) 2008.  History of the often misunderstood June holiday honoring the day when African Americans in Texas were finally informed of their emancipation from slavery, two years after the rest of the U.S.

 

  • High School Students Speak Out (26-minutes) 1999.  Documentary about a group of Houston-area high school students from different ethnic backgrounds who attend the annual “Teen Summit on Race Relations.”  They discover how the summit affects them and what they can take back to their schools and communities to improve race relations.

 

  • A Significant Journey (26-minutes) 1999.  The story of the MS 150 Bike Ride from Houston to Austin, the largest bike ride in the world.  More than 10,000 riders depart from Houston on a Saturday morning, spend the night at the fairgrounds in La Grange, and then ride on to Austin on Sunday.  Explains how the ride is organized and why riders participate.

 

 

Production photos:

 

Photo courtesy of Houston Ship Channel Pilot and photographer Lou Vest

 

Below, filming in the early morning light (or shadow) at Bayou Bend, Producer Kim Lykins and DP Mark Susman; from the 14th floor Alley Theatre balcony overlooking downtown and the Theatre District, Mark Susman, Lauren Pelletier from the Alley Theatre and Producer Jim Bailey; and an Alley Theatre mezzanine-level view some of the impressive buildings lining the skyline as seen from that unique vantage point.

        

    The first episode of Houston Arts Television featured artist Dixie Friend Gay's amazing "Houston Bayou" mosaic in Terminal B at Bush InterContinental Airport (seen below with Mike Snow behind the camera) and Margo Sawyer's "Synchronicity of Color" which leads the way to the parking garage at Discovery Green downtown.  Both are part of the City of Houston's public art program as administered by Houston Arts Alliance.

                 

Public Art:  "Houston Bayou" mural by mosaic artist Dixie Friend Gay in Terminal B at Bush InterContinental Airport, and "Synchronicity of Color" which designates the parking garage entrances at Discovery Green downtown.

 

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