B Movies and Bad History: TV Texas


December 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Hear behind-the-scenes stories and learn the facts and fiction portrayed on-screen in a selection of Texas TV clips.

Program Details

Texas and Texans have been fixtures on the big-screen since motion pictures were invented but, you might be surprised at just how often Texas has been featured on the small-screen. Through many eras and genres, what do these TV portrayals tell us about Texans and our history?

Round-up your posse, huddle up with the team or gather the feuding family members from your own personal "Southfork" and join us for an exploration of the best and worst of Texas on TV through clips and conversation.  

Educators: To receive CPE credit, email Education@TheStoryofTexas.com

About the Presenters

Tom Copeland is one of the state’s best-known and most-respected advocates for its film production industry. During his ten years as the Director of the Texas Film Commission, he was the state’s primary liaison and troubleshooter between Hollywood, state and local governments and the private sector. Copeland’s film career began in 1974, as a crew member on the first five seasons of Austin City Limits. That experience led to seven years as a freelance production assistant, location scout, location manager and production manager. In 1983, Copeland joined the Texas Film Commission, beginning as a location scout and retired 22 years later as its Director. Over those 22 years, 1,009 film and television projects were made in Texas.  From 2005 until 2018, Copeland was Professor of Film at Texas State University, where his classes brought hands-on production skills to his students, with frequent guest presentations from nationally-known film professionals.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.