The City of Austin, in partnership with Austin Parks & Recreation and noted scholars of Spanish Texas, present the World Premiere of the documentary directed and produced by Bill Millet, Texas Before The Alamo, on May 4, 2013 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. in Austin, Texas. The event is free and open to the public from 5:30 to 9:30pm until venue capacity is reached.
Filmed at actual historic sites in Texas and Mexico with actors, Texas before the Alamo is about the founding of Texas and the Spanish who established missions, presidios and trails now known as Goliad, the Alamo, San Antonio Missions and El Camino Real de los Tejas.
The film is dedicated to the research and tenacity of authors, archaeologists, historical organizations and researchers of Spanish Texas who have been consultants and producers for this project. Unrecognized and often criticized, they have labored for over a century in the Spanish Archives and at historic sites on the epic stories of the true pioneers of Texas.
Texas Before The Alamo tells the stories of Spanish soldiers and Franciscan priests in the struggle to keep France from settling Texas and reaching the source of Spain’s power; the silver mines of northern Mexico; and the sacred and sometimes profane nature of the Mission system, and its attempt to colonize Native Tribes of Texas along El Camino Real de las tierras afueras.
The rich Tejano culture of this State descended from Spanish Texas, and was manifested by the establishment and unveiling of the Tejano Monument on the grounds of the State Capital Building in 2012. This film is an outreach of that project and the efforts of Tejano activists like Adina de Zavala, whose struggles ensured that the Franciscan Missions in San Antonio, including The Alamo, would survive to be nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Scheduled to speak at the event is George Nelson (expert of the history of the Alamo complex, sculptor, author, historian in the photo above), along with Dr. Felix Almaraz Jr. (Professor Emeritus of Borderland Studies UTSA, author), Steven Gonzales (Executive Director, El Camino Real de los Tejas NHT), Chief Rufus Davis (Caddo & Adais Native Tribal leader), Dan Arellano (President, Battle of Medina Historical Society), Dr. Andres Tijerina (Author, Historian), Dr. Robert Shook (Phd. UVH Victoria, Texas, author, historian), John Gilley and Marc Fardet (Fort Saint Louis / La Belle / Presido La Bahia sites).
Texas Before the Alamo will be broadcast on public television stations starting Fall of 2013.
Source: Dan Arrellano, Texas Before the Alamo