Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Opening Keynote And Reception


Day/Time: Wednesday, January 16, 6–9 p.m.
Location: Captiol Ballroom
Speakers and Entertainment: Charles Ramirez Berg, The University of Texas at Austin; Texas Film Commission; Texas Archive of the Moving Image; and Eddy Hobizal Music

Registration Information
Free with conference registration
$50 without conference registration
$40 as guest of conference attendee

Some people around the world believe Texas is all cowboys and oil fields from watching popular Hollywood movies and TV shows, but the state’s diverse stories and iconic locations have inspired filmmakers to promote a wide variety of creative storytelling. Join UT Austin Professor Charles Ramirez Berg as he takes guests on a journey through the exciting history of filmmaking in the Lone Star State. Ramirez Berg will share his personal experience with the 1956 film “Giant” and its impact on Texas pop culture. During this evening of entertainment, cocktails, and hearty refreshments, meet with members of the Texas Film Commission and Texas Archive of the Moving Image, who will provide guests with resources from their organizations. Eddy Hobizal Music will perform songs from Texas films.

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission will present the Friends Alliance Awards during the reception.


Charles Ramirez Berg is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He has won every major teaching award at the university and was named one of its "Top Ten Great Professors" by the school's alumni magazine. He has authored several books and numerous articles on film history and Latinos in film. One of the founders of the Austin Film Society, Ramirez Berg is a charter member of its board of directors and served as its president from 2001–03. He has served on the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress since 2010, and is a former National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.


Since 1971, the Texas Film Commission has supported the state’s global position as a premier production destination across all media industries through a variety of programs including the Texas Film Trails and Film Friendly Texas programs. The Texas Film Trails recognize communities where popular film projects continue to attract tourists from across the world. Film Friendly Texas provides training and certification to communities in order to accommodate on-location filming activity and attract prospective productions.


The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) works to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate people about Texas’s film heritage. TAMI’s ever-growing online collection includes Texas-related home movies, advertisements, local television, and industrial and corporate productions. By partnering with institutions and individuals across the state, TAMI digitizes and provides web access to thousands of moving images that offer insight into Texas history and culture. TAMI’s educational programs promote the sharing of Texas moving images via screenings, demonstrations, and lectures at venues across the state.