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.
Mario Troncoso, Producer and Director
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. 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.
Chelsea Hernandez, Editor and Associate Producer
Chelsea Hernandez began her television career at the ripe age of nine years old as host of a children’s program for eight years on the Warner Bros. & NBC television affiliates in Austin, Texas. She embarked on an unexpectedly long journey to gain a college degree by first moving to New York City where she attended Adelphi University and Brooklyn College. There, she interned with Emmy award-winning director Ric Burns and at Jon Alpert’s Downtown Community Television (DCTV) later becoming employed as Rental Associate. Austin called her back for a family emergency and she realized her strong desire to make documentaries. Chelsea received a BA in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas where every short documentary film she directed received an award and/or played at national film festivals. Right after graduation, she became Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for the PBS national broadcast of Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS, featuring David Brancaccio of The Morning Marketplace Report on NPR. Since then she has worked with award-winning documentary directors such as Hector Galan, Ellen Spiro and Nancy Schiesari. She is thrilled to be part of the Arts In Context team and work with another creative and exceptional director. Chelsea loves the endless amount of real stories in the world and connecting with new people and communities.
Eve Tarlo, Producer and Editor
Eve Tarlo joins the Arts in Context team as producer for Arts in Context Shorts, but that’s not all she does around KLRU. Eve is an Emmy award winner, an editor, and a story teller. She spends her time designing motion graphics for KLRU’s productions: Austin City Limits, Central Texas Gardener, and Overheard with Evan Smith; and created Arts In Context’s title sequences for the past two seasons. She also has helped develop both of KLRU’s YouTube series with PBS Digital Studios: BBQ with Franklin and What’s That, Buzz? But on most days, you can find her getting geeky and learning new tricks for working efficiently and delivering higher quality content.
Christopher Kim, Camera Operator/Assistant Editor
Christopher Kim grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Cinema. As camera operator and assistant editor, Kim is thrilled to help bring the stories of fellow creative people to KLRU. He is also the writer, director and co-creator of Hardly Sound, KLRU’s newest music documentary series.
Juan A. Izaguirre, Camera Operator
Juan A. Izaguirre was born in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film and he specializes in writing, directing, and cinematography in both the narrative and documentary realms of film-making.
Isaac Hammons, Sound Mixer
Native resident of Kansas, Isaac Hammons studied Sound Design at The Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia before moving to Austin in 2009. Isaac has experience in various fields, including film, television, theatre and sound art, but particularly enjoys capturing and expressing emotions and stories through sound.