The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) promotes the creation and appreciation of film and new media as art forms of a diverse, multicultural community.


Incorporated as a non-profit media arts center in 1977, SWAMP promotes film and new media through education, information and presentation activities for all ages.


SWAMP is a Texas-based media arts center committed to the film and new media art of this region, the artists producing independent images, and to the cultivation of an engaged audience. It is vital to the intellectual and cultural development of any community to have the ability and resources to create its own artistic vision. In order to cultivate a climate for media representation of this region, SWAMP supports the tradition of artists who express their visions through film and new media. SWAMP encourages development of audiences who seek out artistic voices that reflect, celebrate, and examine the cultural, social, and political diversity of their localities.



Celebrates 39th Anniversary in 2016

In 1977, through the vision of the internationally acclaimed filmmaker and educator James Blue, with founding director Ed Hugetz and initial financial support of Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, SWAMP became the first Texas independent nonprofit organization for the “citizen filmmaker.” Over the course of its history, SWAMP recognized and supported the work of such noted filmmakers as Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, Jane Campion and Jason Mann, and helped Texas filmmakers receive over $2 million for their non-commercial films in the last 13 years alone.

Today SWAMP offers aspiring filmmakers of all ages professional development workshops, after-school programs, summer film classes, special screenings, fiscal sponsorship, THE TERRITORY (our Texas PBS broadcast series), collaborative events, and much more in our mission to promote the creation and appreciation of film and new media as art forms of our diverse, multicultural community.

SWAMP’s educational programs and screenings, directly benefit an average of some 2800 filmmakers and film-lovers annually. We depend on partial funding from The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Houston Film Commission, and we depend on individual donors just like YOU!

As we enter our 39th year of service to Texas filmmakers and film fans, your involvement and support will help SWAMP to fulfill our mission and shape the course of our future for the next 40 years.