Saludos Amigos!

1984, 21 min, color, sound

In this episode of The Live! Show, created in collaboration with Texas Tech University, "Dr. Videovich" goes to Texas. He takes the pulse of the public by asking the residents of the town of Lubbock for their opinions on art, television, and art-on-television. An affectionate portrait of a diverse community, Saludos Amigos! is also Davidovich's comedic masterpiece. In this satirical inquiry into American television viewing habits, Davidovich investigates the complicated dynamic that can exist between specific local histories and a more over-arching sense of national identity. The piece includes footage of Bob Hope fielding the artist's questions on the topic of video art at a press conference.

Conceived & Directed by Jamie Davidovich. Music: Dr. Fred Senatore. Narrator: Paul Hustoles. Production Unit Manager: Chuck Williams. Line Producer: Starr Sutherland. On-Line Editor: Rick McGee. Assistant Unit Manager: Jennifer Greer. Production Assistants: Nancy Williams, Clinton McLaughlin, John Steves, James Meek, Sharon Rupert, ANdrea Lamb, Nanette Griffin, Chuck Hill. Public Relations Director: Shelly Stribling. Special Thanks: C. B. Stubblefield, Stubbs Bar-B-Q, Sam Lewis, Morris Nunley, Shetland Hallmark Inc., KOSA-TV, Juan Gonzales, El Charro Restaurant, Dr. Steve Paxton & John Griffin, Texas Tech Music Department, C.M. McPherson, Laura Wimmer. Technical Assistants: Robert Fusco, Liz Johnson, Ron Young, Armando Rodriquez, Greg Blaise. Production Facilities: KTXT-TV Lubbock, Texas. Post Production: KOSA-TV Odessa, Texas. Produced by Electronic Arts Archives & Research Institute Texas Tech Univ. Executive Producers: Carl E. Loeffler, Kim Smith. Associate Producers: Mary Ella Marra, James Meek. Casting Director: Paul Hustoles. Sponsored by Texas Tech Univ. Department of Art, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Fine Arts Doctoral Committee, Educational Media Services. Additional Support: Lubbock Cultural Affairs Council, Texas Commission on the Arts. With Gratitude to the West Texas Community.