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All Points Bulletin: Looking for Super 8’s

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Theatre Action Project needs your help. We are searching for donations of your old Super 8 movie camera. We’re gearing up for a fun Lights, Camera, Action TAP After School program at an area school and the equipment is perfect for teaching students about specific aspects of filmmaking.

In 1967, when my older brother graduated from high school, my parent’s gift to mark his achievement, was a sleek looking Super 8. And what’s a movie camera with a neato movie screen and projector too?

With that super cool camera my brother shot scenes of his night time graduation party held in our back yard. You can see family members and friends waving over at him as they dance away at the music that was playing.  The other big memory I have, is of my bro’s Super 8 film of First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, who came to Padre Island–we grew up in Corpus Christi–to dedicate Padre as a national seashore in 1968. Watching the film of her on our beach was so exciting. This officially made us a home movies family.

Lights, Camera, Action students directs a scene.

This week’s Lights, Camera, Action TAP summer camp is a testament to the inspiration TAVE gives students to be Creative Artists, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders when learning the craft of filmmaking.

Won’t you help TAP students hone their craft by donating your Super 8 camera?  Please contact us by calling 512-442-8773 or contacting, Cassie Swayze, email:

PS: Visit our website to learn more about TAP After School or about TAP Summer Camp.

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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