A Guide to the Kyle Henry Video Collection, 1997-2008
Kyle Henry is an independent filmmaker, editor, and educator. He obtained an undergraduate degree in art and art history from Rice University in 1994, and a master’s degree in film production from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. Henry teaches film production in Evanston, Illinois at Northwestern University while working on his own film projects. University Inc. is Henry’s feature-length documentary about the corporatization of higher education, partially in response to the closing of the Texas Union Film Program at UT. Upon its release in 1999, the documentary toured the nation with funding support from filmmakers Richard Linklater and Michael Moore. The Texas Union Theatre brought classic and foreign film programming to the University campus for 20 years before it was shut down by the administration in 1998 after several years of costing more money to maintain than it could bring in as revenue. The loss of the program was mourned by many students, faculty, and film fans, 200 of whom attended a January protest of the decision that took the form of a mock funeral procession.
In April 1998, the University Staff Association and the Texas State Employees Union co-sponsored the March for Fair Wages in response to reports regarding how little the majority of UT employees were paid. Over 1,200 workers and supporters marched from the tower to the state capitol building. The demonstrations prompted the University to raise its minimum wage.
“Kyle Henry.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Accessed October 30, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Henry
Cole, Walter. “The Last Picture Show: The Untimely Death of the Texas Union Film Program.” Austin Chronicle. January 23, 1998. Accessed October 30, 2013. http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/1998-01-23/519450/
“Time Line.” UT Watch. Accessed October 30, 2013. http://www.utwatch.org/timeline.html
The Kyle Henry Video Collection, 1997-2008, includes several examples from Henry’s filmography. University Inc. is particularly well documented. On DVD is the final 2008 mix of the feature, as well as the segment Orson Welles, Not Taco Bells produced for the IFC show Splitscreen that served as a precursor to the film, and a follow-up documentary entitled University Inc. - 10 Years Later featuring Richard Linklater, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Spencer Parsons, and producer John Pierson. Henry directed all three programs. An original stereo mix of University Inc. from 2000 is included on Beta-SP videotape. A film reel features footage from the protest that took place upon the closing of the Texas Union Film Program. Finally, three mini DVs document the 1998 March for Fair Wages and a 1997 rally on the West Mall of the UT campus.
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Kyle Henry Video Collection, 1997-2008, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Keelee James, October 2013.
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