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lee
02-22-2007, 10:20 AM
at this point Daniel we are self-funding this project.

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David Brown
02-22-2007, 05:04 PM
at this point Daniel we are self-funding this project.

But we wouldn't turn down any money!! :o

wfe
02-22-2007, 07:23 PM
Hmmm..... This group on TV?
Congrats guys, this is a wonderful project and I'm thrilled that it is getting some recognition.

Cheers,
Bill

Dave Wooten
02-22-2007, 07:28 PM
That is the coolest news....congrats...

Gay Larson
02-22-2007, 10:56 PM
I just loved the website. The photographs are wonderful. I particularly loved seeing the one's of the churches I got to visit. You all have done a wonderful job. It has turned into something very worthwhile. I can now say I know famous photographers!!!

Peter Williams
02-23-2007, 06:20 PM
Congrats guys. Having shot with them - I can say that they are all class acts.

Jeremy
03-04-2007, 01:07 PM
If anyone is interested in seeing some images from our first day of shooting on February 20th, I have them up on my blog (easier than trying to link them all over again here).

http://jeremydmoore.com/2007/03/04/texas-country-reporter/

Gay Larson
03-04-2007, 01:21 PM
Jeremy, what church were you in? This is so very cool. I hope to see the program although I know it won't be shown in Oklahoma.

David Brown
03-04-2007, 01:57 PM
... what church were you in? ...

I'll answer, in case Jeremy doesn't get back to the forum for a while. All the interiors and the shot of the group with the TV crew and their truck are at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Corn Hill, Texas. (And, yes, there is an Old Corn Hill!) The two of the cameras set up are at St. Pauls UCC near Marlin, Tx.

Alex Hawley
03-04-2007, 03:33 PM
A well-earned congratulations guys. I hope a DVD or video is produced so I can see the program.

David Brown
04-03-2007, 08:43 PM
Finally! An air date has been set.

In Texas, they are to air the segment the weekend of May 5, 2007. Check your local listings in Texas and/or check the website for specifics.

http://www.texascountryreporter.com/SubSites/show_time.htm

Nationally try the following cable & satellite providers:
DIRECTV channel #379
Mediacom channel #78
DISH Network channel #9409

Set those VCRs and DVRs! :)

David Brown
04-03-2007, 08:53 PM
Completely coincidentally, we have an exhibit scheduled for May ...

May 7 - 24! University of North Texas in Denton.

http://www.unt.edu/union/galleryexhibits.htm

http://www.unt.edu/union/artiststatements.htm

(scroll down to us on both pages.)

scootermm
04-03-2007, 10:57 PM
David is our marketing genius... and our wordsmithing genius .... and our model making genius .... and the rest of us just sit quietly and look pretty.

Alex Hawley
04-03-2007, 11:48 PM
Way to go guys! The Texas Church Gang is riding tall!

I'm hoping a DVD is published. :)

Monophoto
04-04-2007, 07:35 AM
David is our marketing genius... and our wordsmithing genius .... and our model making genius .... and the rest of us just sit quietly and look pretty.

After checking the group photo on your web site, the term "pretty" seems a bit of a stretch.

Shmoo
04-04-2007, 11:53 AM
Finally! An air date has been set.

In Texas, they are to air the segment the weekend of May 5, 2007. Check your local listings in Texas and/or check the website for specifics.

http://www.texascountryreporter.com/SubSites/show_time.htm

Nationally try the following cable & satellite providers:
DIRECTV channel #379
Mediacom channel #78
DISH Network channel #9409

Set those VCRs and DVRs! :)

DIRECTV...my old stomping grounds! That would give you national exposure! Congrats! Setting my TiVo as we speak...

:)

David Brown
04-28-2007, 02:55 PM
(Bump!) ;)

Just a reminder about the Texas Church Project and the two upcoming events:

First, The weekend of May 5-6 (next week :o ), there will be a segment on the project with all five of us on the TV show: "Texas Country Reporter". Check your local listings in Texas and/or check the website for specifics.

http://www.texascountryreporter.com/SubSites/show_time.htm

Nationally try the following cable & satellite providers:
DIRECTV channel #379
Mediacom channel #78
DISH Network channel #9409

Set those VCRs and DVRs!

And second, our first gallery exhibition opens at the University of North Texas in Denton the following Monday, May 7, with a reception on Tuesday, May 8. The exhibition will be up May 7 - 24!.

http://www.unt.edu/union/galleryexhibits.htm

http://www.unt.edu/union/artiststatements.htm

And, of course, our own website is: www.texaschurchproj.com (http://www.texaschurchproj.com). New stuff in the gallery!

Thanks to all the apuggers who've offered support and encouragement. This project may not have happened (at least as it has) if the 5 of us had not all met via APUG. :)

If you're in the DFW/Denton area, come on by!

roteague
04-28-2007, 10:53 PM
Thanks for the update David. I've watched your site for sometime now, your pictures bring back lots of memories when I visited Texas as a child. I haven't been there in many years, but always had a fondness for it.

kwmullet
05-06-2007, 12:54 PM
Dianna and I just watched it. I taped it too, but my tape has tracking problems. I think my vcr is about ready to (or has already) given up the ghost. I'll have to look at my tape on a good quality VCR and see if it can overcome the tracking problems so I can make a couple of copies.

Wonderful wonderful show. I would have liked to have seen the ten-part miniseries version!

Bob Phillips sure has a knack for drawing good talk out of people. That's just the kind of conversation I would like to have when we meet for our infrequent get togethers.

I especially liked the part during Lee's interview when he characterized digital photography as "The devil's work". We laughed and cheered so loud our five-year old didn't know what was the heck was going on.

The opening scene when the church doors open, sunlight pours in and Mike, Matthew, Lee, David and Jeremy walk in with cameras and tripods slung over their shoulders was something straight out of a spaghetti western.

Sure would be nice if apug could get licensed to show that segment online -- would answer so many "Why do you do that?" questions by newbies, or at least the "What do you get out of that?"

Personally, I guess I'd always thought "The Church Guys" shot churches because of their interesting architecture, but I was missing the point. Luckily, you guys poignantly spelled it all out, how the Czech, Norwegian, German and other surnames of the infants being baptized were the same as the parishioners who sat the pews, handmade the stained glass, and who continue to rest in the cemeteries. Generations of immigrants and decendants of immigrants have shared common threads of the cycle of life in these structures, and every square inch of these churches is charged with the experiences of countless families.

The way their work and this segment most personally connected with me was that I've got a particular fondness for trying to record disappearing worlds, and with more and more churches polarizing toward either the megala-Six-Flags-Over-Jesus model or, on the other end, the stripmall storefront church, the generational handcrafted place of worship seems to be slipping from our grasp.

It was a good-sized segment, too. Since Texas Country Reporter had three segments, and he crowded the first two into the first half of the show, so the Texas Church Project segment filled the last fifteen minutes or so. As the segment drew to a close, though, I was left wondering something.

Do you guys give prints to the communities whose churches you photograph, or maybe even duplicate prints so one could be stored with the church and one stored elsewhere in case something happens to the church?

I can envision some ten year old child seeing a high-quality hand-crafted photographic print for the first time and being influenced to spend her life behind the viewfinder, documenting the world around her.

The urgency of photographing the churches (not just be buildings, but the manifestations of their culture) before they fade away brings to mind a passage from the Nicene Creed I recited over and over again in parochial school as a child: "We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church". Through your images, these catholic (small "c", comprehensive, universal) churches will always have apostles to defend their memory.

-KwM-

lee
05-06-2007, 01:20 PM
thanks Kevin and Dianna,

you can go to Texas Country Reporter website

http://texascountryreporter-store.stores.yahoo.net/tecoreepindv.html

we are #1027 and you can order your own personal dvd which is what I am gonna do.

lee\c