“It’s really important to me that the people I know and love...are represented in the culture,” says playwright Lisa B. Thompson. She creates works from a wide range of genres that all have one thing in common: being unapologetically black. She balances her artistic life with her life as a professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas as well as her life as a mother.
Arts In Context is an arts documentary series exploring the process of creation through collaboration and the condition of living and working as an artist. By spotlighting visual arts, dance, music and culture, we hope to pique curiosity and inspire people to learn more about a subject, visit an exhibition, attend a performance, or create and share something beautiful of their own and facilitate the dialogue between artists and audiences.
Arts In Context is a production of KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.
Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mario Troncoso is the Producer and Director of the documentary series Arts In Context. Born in Madrid, Spain, he is now based in Austin where he works as a producer for KLRU-TV. He began his film career as a writer before moving to Houston in early 2000. There he joined a number of local artists and began producing videos. With extensive agency and production company experience, Mario has worked on productions across many formats over a period of 10 years ranging from advertising to documentaries and fiction. His latest film, Clowns Never Lie (2011) has screened at festivals and showcases across the U.S. and Europe and was picked up for international TV distribution at Festival de Cannes 2012. Mario’s first narrative feature, Bring Back the Guns, a surreal thriller set in El Paso, is currently in pre-production. Mario studied Film Production and Latino Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Having grown up in Chicago as a child of immigrants, Christopher Hwisu Kim loves nothing more than to shine the spotlight on communities that are overlooked. After graduating with a BA in Cinema and Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa, Kim found his way down to Austin, Texas, with a dream of making movies. Now as a producer for Arts in Context, Kim gets to follow his passion for telling stories from communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and passing the mic to people whose voices are generally ignored. He is currently in production on Black Cloud, a feature-length documentary about Austin-Travis County EMS and Scars, a podcast about how people got their scars.
Juan A. Izaguirre is an Austin-based filmmaker that works in both the narrative and documentary realms of filmmaking. He holds a BS from the University of Texas at Austin’s Radio-Television-Film department. Juan’s work as director and cinematographer focuses on identity and its intersections with ethnicity, sexuality, and gender norms within our communities.