The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is showcasing amateur films from across the Lone Star State.
Amateur cinema could be anything from a home movie to point-and-shoot piece to more intricate work. However, amateur films and the filmmakers behind the works in Texas aren't widely known, according to TAMI.
The selection runs the gamut.
"Some of the most creative works from our collection are featured in this exhibit, including experimental art films, community horror films, short regional documentaries, and humorous spoofs," exhibit curator Madeline Moya says in a press release. "It's important to remember that unlike today, when anyone with a mobile phone can be a 'filmmaker,' these 'amateurs' filmed, created special effects, spliced, and projected movies when the process was fare more arduous and expensive. They were forced to get creative to achieve the desired camerawork and effects in their films. The results are some really cool, sometimes ingenious, works of art."
We wonder how many people will watch the amateur films on a smartphone.
TAMI is a nonprofit that's interested in Texas film heritage. Visit its website for more information and for access to more than 3,000 films.