Houston Arts and Media’s Documentary About City's Start Wins Platinum

Houston, TX – April 17, 2011 – Houston Arts and Media has received the Platinum Remi Award for Documentary at the 2011 WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival for their feature length documentary about the beginnings of the City of Houston. Titled Houston: A Nation's Capitol.  The movie will be part of a larger series called the Birth of Texas that covers history from Mexican Texas until statehood. Producer Mike Vance said, "We are very excited about this great recognition and hope it will be the first of many awards for this important history series."

The documentary covers the first hurly-burly years when the Bayou City was the capital of the Republic of Texas. As Sam Houston, Mirabeau Lamar and others squabbled over the direction in which they would lead the fledgling nation, scores of drunken, furloughed soldiers battled in makeshift saloons, on the town’s muddy streets and at the dueling grounds which was located south of Texas Avenue, and therefore away from the city limits. Noted author and historian, Stephen Hardin, leads a tour of locations that serves as the backbone of this documentary. Interviews with other scholars, snippets of contemporary journals, photographs, maps, music and graphics will make this an engaging way to learn about Houston’s beginnings.

The Birth of Texas Documentary Series is a multi-part series of feature length documentaries that chronicle the journey from Mexican Texas, along the road to Revolution, through the days of the Republic and on to statehood. The videos not only explore the complete stories of the famous military actions at the Alamo, Goliad and San Jacinto including recent breakthroughs in scholarship and archaeology, but also the roles played by Tejanos, American settlers, filibusterers, enslaved African-Americans, European immigrants and foreign governments in shaping the story of our state.

These documentaries educate adults and students about the early history of our great State of Texas. They also serve as a powerful vehicle for history tourism, motivating people to visit these hallowed locations for themselves.

In addition to Houston: A Nation's Capitol, other documentaries in the Birth of Texas Series will revolve around the Towns of Mexican Texas, San Felipe de Austin, Washington-on-the-Brazos, Goliad, the Alamo, San Jacinto and Austin. Each will follow the same pattern of telling not only the stories of what happened there, but exploring the broader themes that existed in Texas of the early nineteenth century and grounding them in solid and recognizable historical context.

Houston: A Nation's Capitol is available on DVD through HAM. Public viewings will continue to be scheduled. A screening will be held at 6pm tomorrow, Monday, April 18, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. More will follow.

Houston Arts and Media continues to work on several other projects such as the award-winning HAM Slices of History and videos featured on the city's website . They also continue with Neighborhood to Neighbor, an ongoing oral history gathering project that has already placed the stories of scores of Houstonians in the Houston Public Library’s Houston Metropolitan Research Center and Rice University’s Woodson Research Center. Material from these interviews will also enhance the first of HAM’s books, the two-volume Historic Schools of Harris County. Parties interested in supporting these efforts through donations or volunteerism should contact Houston Arts and Media via e-mail at

About Houston Arts and Media:
Houston Arts and Media’s purpose is to produce educational and historical film, video and books. The work will be done by members of Houston’s creative, educational, research and production communities. Houston Arts and Media is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.


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