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Video of the Week: The Signs of San Antonio

A filmmaker with an appreciation of history gives us a glimpse of San Antonio's hand-crafted signage.

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This weeks’ video of the week features digital filmmaker and folklorist Christina Frasier from the University of Texas at San Antonio. With help from the school’s video production group, she documented some of the remarkable hand-crafted signage in that city, some current and some from times gone by.

After moving to San Antonio to study at the university, she quickly recognized the amount of hand-painted signage on the walls of the city, particularly in the Latino parts of town. Having graduated from a folklore program previously, this piqued Frasier’s interest and she came to understand these paintings as part commercial signage but also part artwork; they told a story-of a city, of a heritage, of a people.

By the way, this short 4-minute film was named “best” in the Research/Documentary category of the USTA’S inaugural Educational Experience Film Festival in 2014.

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