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TEXAS FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

Texas Foundation for the Arts Telly Awards - Bronze Winner

Texas Foundation for the Arts has stayed true to its mission of showcasing Texas arts, culture and history through the creation of award-winning documentary films and television programs since its founding in 2001

 

TFA's most recent documentary, Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy premiered on Houston Public Media TV 8/PBS and has been seen multiple times on Austin PBS/KLRU and KEDT in Corpus Christi.

 

The program highlights the rich history of the footprint of land that dates back to early Texas land grants in the 1800s, and now includes

The Galleria, Uptown Houston and numerous luxury high-rise residential and commercial buildings, juxtaposed with the serenity of Memorial Park. 

 

The program was awarded a Telly Award in the TV Shows/Historical category.

 

    

We were honored to receive the Friends of the Texas Room's Julia Ideson Award, named for the first librarian in the Houston Public Library (1885-1945), for our use of the extensive archives located at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center's (HMRC) during our research for the program.

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On set at Houston Public Media TV8/PBS

(Left to right) Houston Uptown District's Bob Ethington with Gerald Hines and co-executive producers Kim Lykins and Jim Bailey.

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Q&A session at Post Oak Boulevard film preview event

(Left to right) Giorgio Borlenghi, Dan Worrall, Gerald Hines, Robert Sakowitz and Raymond Brochstein.

Texas Foundation for the Arts is also involved in chronicling the life and times of American opera composer Carlisle Floyd, including Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of his final opera, Prince of Players

 

The program was then produced in New York to glowing reviews including this from the New York Times.

 

This captivating story takes place in Shakespearean times when women began to take the stage alongside men who traditionally played female roles. The documentary is being produced in association with Jane Floyd Matheny/INFINITE Communications.

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Houston Grand Opera Opening Night Curtain Call

(left to right)  Costume Designer Gregory Gale; Set Designer Shoko Kambara; Director Michael Gieleta; Maestro Floyd; Conductor Patrick Summers; and baritone Ben Edquist who performed as Kynestan

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston, our documentary, Houston Ship Channel:  Deep Water Centennial, highlights the grit and determination needed to dredge a meandering bayou into a mega 52-mile shipping lane from Galveston Bay to Houston, and how Houston's vast inland port is now called the "Irreplaceable Port" for the United States. 

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View of the Fred Hartman Bridge at night from the Ship Channel

Photo courtesy of Capt. Lou Vest

Houston Ship Channel:  Deep Water Centennial premiered on Houston Public Media TV 8 exactly 100 years to the day that President Woodrow Wilson opened the Ship Channel. 

 

WHAT WE DO

Texas Foundation for the Arts develops, secures program funding, and produces documentary films that shine a spotlight on Texas arts, history and culture. 

Our programs are provided free to PBS and nationally through NETA, as in the case of The Golden Age of Texas Courthouses. PBS stations often rebroadcast our programs.

 

As Texas Foundation for the Arts is a tax-exempt, non-profit

501(c)(3) organization, all contributions are tax-deductible.