Tuesday, April 11, 2017

TV Family Streaming on Kanopy


TV Family is available for streaming on Kanopy, a subscription service for schools and libraries.

Visit this page on the Kanopy site to see if your institution is a subscriber.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TV Family DVDs available for Home Use

You can now purchase DVDs of TV Family for home use for just $19.95!

Find the DVD here at http://www.mediaed.org/tv-family-home-use-purchase/

They are available from the Media Education Foundation, who also makes the film available for institutional purchase.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

TV Family Available to All PBS Stations

The National Educational Telecommunications Association is distributing TV Family to PBS stations all over the country. Let your local PBS station know you want to see TV Family on TV!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 15, 5 pm, UT Austin



I am extremely honored that a screening of TV Family will be part of the opening night of the tenth anniversary Flow Conference on the UT Austin campus. I have attended every one of the Flow conferences, and choosing to go to the first one (even when I didn't have an official spot participating) was the single best decision I ever made in my career.

Screening details: Belo Media Center Auditorium, 5-7 pm, Thursday, September 15.

The screening will start with a couple short selections from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image prior to TV Family. After TV Family, there will be a short Q&A with myself and members of the Robertson family.

Screening event on Facebook here

Flow Conference web site here

Find the Belo Media Center here

Friday, July 8, 2016

Screening: Friday, July 15 at Amarillo Little Theatre

I am excited to be screening TV Family at the Amarillo Little Theatre as part of their annual film festival. I will be attending and so will a number of members of the Robertson family. This will be a homecoming for the film, since Amarillo was home to the Robertson family in 1960 when Story of a Family was made. Amarillo is something of a character in that documentary and it is in TV Family as well. It is also where we shot a number of interviews when we first started making TV Family. The screening and discussion will be moderated by Bryan Vizzini, an associate professor of history at West Texas A&M University.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Screening Friday April 29, Art Museum of South Texas

I am thrilled to be screening TV FAMILY at the Art Museum of South Texas this Friday. When I was growing up nearby in Port Aransas, the annual Christmas Tree Forest was held there. When I moved back to south Texas after graduate school (and after acquiring a healthy appreciation of modern architecture) I became a genuine fan of the building--especially once I learned that not only was it designed by Philip Johnson, but that Andy Warhol had shown up at the opening taking pictures of everyone with his Polaroid. I have enjoyed taking part in the filmmaker screenings there over the years, and am excited and humbled to now being showing my film in the auditorium. When I was in Athens, GA as a Peabody Fellow in fall 2015, I found a documentary on Philip Johnson in the archive. Best of all, there was a clip of the Art Museum of South Texas, circa 1976, in it. Here's that clip:

Friday, April 22, 2016

TV Family History Outtake: From the 60s to Today

In this sequence cut from the hour-long version of TV Family, we hear about changes in TV families in the sixties and seventies, including fantastic sitcoms and the documentary series An American Family, as well as changes in Amarillo and in the Robertson family.

Part One:


Big Change Outtake Part 1 from Ethan Thompson on Vimeo.

Part Two: In the second part, we here more about changes in the sixties and seventies, and continue on further into the dawn of the reality TV era and families on The Osbournes, Duck Dynasty, and shows like Survivor.

Big Change Outtake Part 2 from Ethan Thompson on Vimeo.