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SFA alums to tell Texas stories in PBS series

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Husband and wife videographers based in Fort Worth, Carl and Betsy Crum, are producing a documentary series for Texas PBS stations. “One Square Mile: Texas" will focus on nine miles in Texas to reveal the state's diversity of people and landscapes through first-person stories. Betsy Crum said they’ll traverse the Lone Star State to uncover the stories for the first five episodes in the TV series.

"The goal of the series is to see what life is like from the perspective of people living in different square miles across Texas," Betsy Crum said. "Each episode will be explored through a theme."

The couple met in film class at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Their college documentary project was the inspiration for the "one square mile" concept. Carl Crum said they’ll begin shooting in February. He said he’s not looking to recount history or focus on stories that would be suitable for a travel promotion video.

"If we were doing a town like Nacogdoches, the fact that it's the oldest town in Texas is interesting, but not what our series would focus on," Carl Crum said. "It would focus on what it's like to live in that community today."

The Crums are seeking online submissions of stories and communities. The nomination deadline is Nov. 30 at osmtx.com. The series will air on Texas PBS stations next summer.