Sixth Annual PBS Online Film Festival Features Two Independent Films from KLRU

Today, PBS announced the 25 films that will be part of the sixth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on July 17-28, 2017. Austin filmmakers Lauren Kinsler and Jay Hubert are among those featured in this year’s Festival. Beginning July 17, the festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.Viewers are encouraged to watch, vote and share their favorite film by going to pbs.org/filmfestival. The film with most votes will receive the “Most Popular” award. Additionally, for the first time ever, a distinguished panel of eight jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juried Prize”. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSFilmFest on Twitter.

Lauren Kinsler’s U R a Dial Tone
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Sylvia loves her job as a sign language interpreter, where she makes phone calls for deaf people. Sure, sometimes she gets too emotionally involved and a computer glitch sucks her into her callers’ lives, but who doesn’t break the rules every now and then? When Sylvia’s company starts monitoring her every word, she has to figure out how to hold back, or risk losing everything.

Jay Hubert’s The Secession
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Tyler and Andre are two 12-year-old Texas boys who get inspired one night by a drunken rant of Tyler’s father against immigrants and Obama. Armed with only their bikes and their BB guns, they set out early the next morning to ride to the capitol and secede from the Union, but their plans soon get derailed when they run into their Chinese classmate Jenny.

Science Night July 19th

Watch nature filmmakers at work, follow the caribou’s harrowing migration and see the first sparks of life on earth on this week’s Science Night!

Follow the adventures of the filmmakers behind Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday. This “making of” special explores the highlights and challenges of wildlife filmmaking.

Join 100,000 caribou who face hungry bears and wolves, deadly frozen rivers and rugged mountains as they undertake the world’s longest land migration on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday.

From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. Nova at 9 pm Wednesday goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.

Highlights July 16-22

KLRU Highlights

Find out if Tillie can stop the captain and Rose from making a terrible mistake on My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7pm Sunday.

Geordie, Leonard and Sidney are forced to face the difficult truths in their lives on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

NEW SERIES: On episode one of Remember Me at 9 pm Sunday, learn what happens after Tom (Michael Palin) enters assisted living and a social worker falls to her death.

View the extraordinary true story of Princess Shaw, an aspiring musician down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience on POV Presenting Princess Shaw at 9 pm Monday.

Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana on Weekend In Havana at 7 pm Tuesday.

Rare – Creatures Of The Photo Ark at 8 pm Tuesday features photographer Joel Sartore as he travels to Madagascar and the Florida Keys on his mission to photograph beautiful and endangered animals for the Photo Ark.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows former prisoners through the challenges of their first year on parole.

Follow the adventures of the filmmakers behind Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday. This “making of” special explores the highlights and challenges of wildlife filmmaking.

Join 100,000 caribou who face hungry bears and wolves, deadly frozen rivers and rugged mountains as they undertake the world’s longest land migration on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday.

From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. Nova at 9 pm Wednesday goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.

Thrill to an hour of soul and gospel on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10:30 pm Friday. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change.

The Art of Architecture: Houston at 7:30 pm Thursday takes viewers on a journey through the extraordinary history, art and architecture of the stunning skyline.

Chet visits Boerne and Marble Falls in back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Trail Elise as she uncovers some disturbing facts about a passenger, while Karl makes a major breakthrough on Tunnel: Sabotage back-to-back episodes starting at 9 pm Thursday.

Learn why sweet challenges mean a bitter end for one baker as the six battle for a spot in the quarter final on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize, with a special appearance by Berry Gordy, founder of Motown at 9 pm Friday.

Join Jenny Peterson on her healing cancer journey and how an old basketball court scored gardens at Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Great American singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis return to the Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father BrownDoctor BlakePlace to Call Home and Tunnel: Sabotage back-to-back starting at 8 pm.

 

 

Science Night July 12th

See how the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday. View forest penguins with a tenuous marriage and the secret rendezvous of great white sharks, and hear the tale of male pregnancy.

Follow the annual gathering of a thousand elephants in northern Kenya on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday. From magnificent bulls to vulnerable orphans, they face deadly threats from both predators and poachers.

On NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm Wednesday a team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.

Highlights July 9 to 15

KLRU Highlights

Learn Capt. Dreyfuss’ plan to thwart advances from Rose’s sister, Vera, on My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

Sidney and Geordie must determine the connection between a murder and a number of post office robberies on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Jane is faced with several harsh realities in both her professional and personal life on Prime Suspect: Tennison On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege on POV Last Men In Aleppo at 9 pm Monday.

Journey back in time to see the splendor of the last Chinese dynasty, the Qing, on Story Of China at 7 pm Tuesday.

As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top security officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

See how the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday.

Follow the annual gathering of a thousand elephants in northern Kenya on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday.

On NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm Wednesday a team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10:30 Friday presents pop legend Cyndi Lauper with a a program of classics and country covers. Songs include “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, ” “True Colors” and “End of the World.”

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines.

Asia Society Texas Center: Building Bridges at 7:30 pm Thursday explores how famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District.

Chet visits Conroe and Athens in back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Season 2 of Tunnel begins this week! Join Elise and Karl as they investigate the abduction of a French couple from the Eurotunnel, leaving behind their traumatized daughter on Tunnel: Sabotage. Two episodes back-to-back starting at 9 pm Thursday.

Monitor the remaining seven as they strive to give their bakes maximum botanical taste on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Enjoy an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Friday at 9 pm.

Turn tiny containers into big ideas and salvages into clever garden design on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Thrill to an hour of soul and gospel. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father BrownDoctor BlakePlace to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm Saturday.

Science Night July 5th

Learn how the hungry creatures of the ocean find food, watch Yellowstone thaw and see how the land shaped life in North America on this week’s Science Night.

See how the challenge of finding food drives all life in the Pacific on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday. Meet a destructive army of mouths, a killer with a hundred mouths and the biggest mouth in the ocean. For creatures large and small, every mouthful counts.

It’s summer in Yellowstone, and with soaring temperatures and drought comes the risk of wildfires on Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday.

NOVA  Making North America: Human at 9 pm Wednesday explores how has the land shaped our lives, from the arrival of the first Americans to today.

Highlights July 2 to 8

KLRU Highlights

Find out if Nurse Tillie comes to the rescue in time on My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

When several villagers become ill at the local cricket match, Geordie and Sidney must determine if it was an accident or something more sinister on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Survey the early career of iconic detective Jane Tennison-the role played by Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect on Prime Suspect: Tennison On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday. The drama rewinds to 1970s London, when Jane (Stefanie Martini) is a young probationary officer in an environment where sexism is the norm.

Take a look back on vintage Austin finds from the Roadshow’s visit to Austin 17 years ago Monday at 7 pm on Antiques Roadshow.

Obaidah Zytoon captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a circle of friends on POV The War Show at 9 pm Monday.

Canine Soldiers at 10:30 pm Monday explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols.

Celebrate our country’s 241st birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 7 pm and 8:30 pm Tuesday.

See how the challenge of finding food drives all life in the Pacific on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday.

It’s summer in Yellowstone, and with soaring temperatures and drought comes the risk of wildfires on Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday.

NOVA  Making North America: Human at 9 pm Wednesday explores how has the land shaped our lives, from the arrival of the first Americans to today.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Jeff Nichols, a writer and director whose past works include internationally acclaimed Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud and Midnight Special.

Arc of Innovation on Thursday at 7:30 pm documents the making of the West 7th Street Bridge in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, which is a breakthrough from an artistic standpoint and for technology.

Chet visits Taylor and Orange on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm.

When Barnaby’s former CID colleague is bludgeoned to death, Barnaby sets out to discover why the past would not leave him alone on Midsomer Murders Death In A Chocolate Box at 9 pm Thursday.

See how eight bakers handle three types of pastry on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Billy Joel: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize at 9 pm Friday honors singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Enjoy the ACL debut of pop legend Cyndi Lauper with a a program of classics and country covers on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father BrownDoctor BlakePlace to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm.

Science Night June 28th

Dive into the ocean, watch Yellowstone thaw and see how North America was formed on this week’s Science Night.

Understand how the Pacific, surrounded by the Ring of Fire, is the epicenter of natural mayhem Big Pacific Violent at 7 pm Wednesday.

Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday continues to follow the wildlife dramas in Yellowstone, and Spring brings many new challenges.

Discover the surprising intertwined story of life and the landscape in North America-from origins to iconic dinosaurs to giant marine reptiles swimming in an ancient sea that once split the continent in two on Making North America: Life at 9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights June 25 to July 1

KLRU Highlights

See what happens when Francis goes poaching and Emma finds a new suitor on  My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

Amanda and Sidney are in love – but can it continue on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece Part Two at 8 pm Sunday.

Jane Tennison soon starts to learn the cold facts of police work on Prime Suspect: Tennison On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow the nuanced story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict, walking the line between their Muslim values and the new world they inhabit on POV Dalya’s Other Country at 8 pm Monday.

See the stunning achievements of two of China’s most brilliant dynasties: the Song, creators of a Chinese Renaissance, and the Ming, builders of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City on Story of China at 7 pm Tuesday.

An investigation into the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with limited FDA oversight on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Understand how the Pacific, surrounded by the Ring of Fire, is the epicenter of natural mayhem Big Pacific Violent at 7 pm Wednesday.

Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday continues to follow the wildlife dramas in Yellowstone, and Spring brings many new challenges.

Discover the surprising intertwined story of life and the landscape in North America-from origins to iconic dinosaurs to giant marine reptiles swimming in an ancient sea that once split the continent in two on Making North America: Life at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader.

Chet goes to Big Bend, Terlingua and Lufkin in three back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 7:30 pm.

When director Nick Cheyney is found beheaded by a guillotine on the set of his latest film, Barnaby and Jones are left with no shortage of suspects on Misomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Join nine bakers for the first-ever batter week on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Singer Andrea Bocelli performs at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, on Landmarks Live In Concert at 9 pm Friday.

See how easy DIY rain gardens catch and control rainfall and visit an heirloom quilt garden design on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father Brown, Doctor Blake, Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm.

ITVS picks Tacos of Texas for digital series pilot

The team behind the recent book The Tacos of Texas, Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece, have been selected for ITVS funding to develop a pilot episode for a new online series. If greenlit, the digital series will focus on the people, the places and the taco culture in the Great State of Texas.

The Tacos of Texas team will film the pilot episode in El Paso, Texas this summer. “Being a border town and this Taco Journalist’s hometown, I think it opens up a great story, not only on the love of tacos or it’s people but with issues associated with the region including the border wall, immigration and border-style cuisine.” “We’re excited to be part of ITVS and public media and share our taco love with the world!, ” says Rayo.

The core Tacos of Texas team include Mando Rayo, Producer/Co-Host; Jarod Neece, Co-Producer/Co-Host and Dennis Burnett, Director and with work with local teams and the Texas Taco Council for local knowledge and taco insights. “We are thrilled to be working with ITVS to develop this new series. We think it’s a great fit for our story and will help us reach a large and diverse audience,” says Neece. ITVS partnership comes through the Digital Open Call which offers research and development funding to pilot a series on public media platforms.  The Tacos of Texas aims to partner with local public television stations across Texas to showcase each city’s tacos through the eyes of taco fans across the state.

Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece are the authors of the best-selling books, The Tacos of Texas (University of Texas Press, 2016) and Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day (The History Press, 2013) and founders of the blog TacoJournalism.com. Rayo is the CEO and engagement strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural advertising agency; Neece has been with SXSW since 2002 and is the Senior Film Programmer.