Briscoe Center acquires the Paul Stekler Film Archive

The Briscoe Center has acquired the archive of award-winning filmmaker and UT professor Paul Stekler.

A promotional image for  "George Wallace"

A promotional image for
“George Wallace”

Stekler’s documentaries have been broadcast across PBS stations frequently over the last three decades. In celebration, the Briscoe Center, will host Reel Politics: Paul Stekler on his Films and Career, Oct. 15 on the UT campus.

Stekler’s work includes “George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire,” “Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style,” “Vote for Me: Politics in America,” two segments of the “Eyes on the Prize II” series and “Getting Back to Abnormal,” on New Orleans’s post–Hurricane Katrina recovery.

The archive includes raw footage and rough cuts from his documentary projects. Researchers can access transcripts of interviews, cue sheets, scripts and footage logs, as well as letters and project research materials like books and news clippings. Collection highlights include correspondence with Bill Moyers and Molly Ivins and interviews with Karl Rove.

Stekler’s films have won two George Foster Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Journalism Awards, three national Emmy Awards, and a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Stekler is a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the chair of the Radio-Television-Film department at UT Austin. He is also a member of the Austin Film Society’s advisory board.


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