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November 26, 2007

Texas legend Sam Houston focus of new documentary

THE WOODLANDS — As filming takes place for the first-ever full-length documentary of Sam Houston, executive producer/director Denton Florian watches over taping as a father would watch over his child’s first steps.

Florian, Patrick Nolan, director of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, museum curator of collections Mac Woodward and two staff members of the San Jacinto Museum of History closely watched the filming of precious artifacts from both of the museums.

“These artifacts are priceless,” said Florian.

Scenes for the documentary about the life of Sam Houston were shot last week at Silver Rock Productions in The Woodlands. Artifacts from the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and the San Jacinto Museum of History traveled to the studio for filming.

Nolan and Woodward traveled to The Woodlands with Sam Houston’s dueling pistols, sword, and his cane.

“These are things they (production staff) thought would be better shot in the studio rather than bringing all the equipment to the museum and the lighting can be controlled here,” said Nolan.

Nolan said some of the filming has been shot at the museum with various artifacts. Several of the employees have been interviewed, and segments of the Gen. Sam Houston Folk festival were also filmed last year.

The documentary of Sam Houston is being filmed in high-definition on location in Texas, Tennessee and Virginia. The movie’s screenplay was written by James Haley, author of one of the most definitive biographies of Sam Houston. It is a largely untold story of not just the life of the only man to have ever been a governor of two states, a U.S. Senator, President of a Republic, resident of the Cherokee nation and leader of one of the most significant battles in history, but of this period in Texas history as well.

Florian and his wife Mary Lou have also put together a musical script based on the life of Sam Houston entitled “Raven’s Journey.” In May of 2007, Hailey Elementary in The Woodlands performed the piece for an audience of 600.

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