About this Digital Exhibition

"The Making of ... and the earth did not swallow him" goes behind the scenes to explore the making of the classic Chicano film, based on Tomás Rivera's novel, ...y no se lo tragó la tierra.

This unique web resource highlights the filmmaking process from beginning to finish, drawing from the extensive materials in the Severo Perez Papers at the Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, Texas State University.

This exhibit presents only a selection of the available materials. The complete archive for ... and the earth did not swallow him consists of 28 boxes and is available to researchers for more in-depth study.

This is a collaborative project from The Wittliff Collections and the Digital & Web Services Department of the Alkek Library at Texas State University, San Marcos, along with generous assistance from Mr. Perez.

     Project Team

     Steve Davis, Curator, Wittliff Collections

     Jason Long, Programmer Analyst

     Jeremy Moore, Digital Media Specialist

     Severo Perez, Writer/Director/Co-Producer, Wittliff Collections Donor

     Todd Peters, Head, Digital & Web Services

During the Fall 2015 semester, Severo Perez was an artist-in-residence at Texas State, sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Southwest and its director, Dr. Frank de la Teja. Severo Perez's presence on campus coincided with the university's 2015-2016 Common Experience theme: "Bridged Through Stories: Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, an Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera."

Mr. Perez spoke and participated in panels relating to the Common Experience. He also generously offered his time to go through his film's production archive with curator Steve Davis and to record an interview discussing the making of his film.

A special thanks to Dean Brennan,  Supervisor of Educational Technology at Texas State, and to David Keslick, Digital Video Specialist, for their work to create the video interview with Severo Perez.