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 airs Thursdays on KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and is available everywhere on the PBS iPhone app and iPad app.

Mario Troncoso, Producer and Director

Mario TroncosoEmmy 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 web2An Austin native, Chelsea Hernandez began her television career at the ripe age of nine as host of a children’s program for eight years on the WB & NBC television affiliates. She embarked on an unexpectedly long journey to earn a college degree by moving to New York City where she attended Adelphi University and Brooklyn College. She gained internships with Emmy award-winning director Ric Burns and Jon Alpert’s Downtown Community Television (DCTV), later becoming employed as Rentals Associate. Chelsea received a BS in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas. After graduation, she was 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. She has worked with award-winning documentary directors in Austin such as Hector Galan, Ellen Spiro and Nancy Schiesari. Chelsea’s short doc “See The Dirt,” won the Best Short Doc award at the Austin Film Festival in 2013.



Christopher Kim, Camera Operator/Assistant Editor

Chris Kim photoChristopher Kim is a filmmaker based out of Austin, Texas. As camera operator and assistant editor, Chris is thrilled to help bring the stories of fellow creative people to KLRU. Previously, Chris served as the writer, director and co-creator of Hardly Sound, KLRU’s newest music documentary series. He is currently in production on a feature-length documentary about Austin-Travis County EMS called Black Cloud.




Juan A. Izaguirre, Camera Operator

Juan izaguirreJuan 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.