Arts In Context Shorts: Guild of the Silent Sword

“When I was a youth …, I had no idea that there were any major empires, kingdoms or cities or cultures in Africa,” says Da’Mon Stith, founder of the Guild of the Silent Sword. With the goal of recovering and evolving the lost fighting arts of Africa, Stith created the Guild of the Silent Sword as a way to build community and awaken people’s understanding of African culture. He considers sword play “experimental archaeology” and uses it to feel like part of a larger, human story.

 

New episode of Living Springs debuts 9/14

On Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm the newest episode  of the Living Springs series will debut on KLRU. The program includes our “fresh off the editing bay,” Wildlands, a 22-minute piece that showcases Austin’s water quality protection lands.

Did you know that Austin manages 26,000 acres that have been purchased by voters
through open space bonds to protect the aquifer? Learn about the myriad benefits of preserving our aquifer lands. This piece features amazing drone footage by Jared Tennant and Nelson Guda, and original music by composer Graham Reynolds.

In addition, the show features the debut of the short “More a State Than a Place,” a nostalgic look at Barton Springs through the eyes of Beverly Sheffield, who was Austin Parks and Recreation Director from 1934 to 1974. The video features a 1992 interview with Sheffield conducted by Dean Rindy of Rindy Miller Media as well as film footage from the Austin History Center and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

Additional air dates for episode include Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10:38 pm; Sunday, Sept 17
at 5:00 pm; Monday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 am; Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 pm; Monday, Sept. 25 at 1:30 am

About Living Springs
Many stories emanate from the spring-fed water of Barton Springs. Using the power of a multi-linear, user-driven format, viewers navigate through a virtual underwater environment, meeting artists and scientists, historic figures, poets and preachers who share their perspectives and their passions about Austin’s most beloved natural resource.

Film School Shorts new season starts Sept. 11

Film School Shorts is a national public television series showcasing short film from emerging filmmakers from around the country.  The new season will air on Mondays after POV or Independent Lens. In Sept. the start time will be 10 pm each week

First Gen 101 Sept. 11
Three stories of misadventure as first generation Americans navigate identity, love and acceptance amid converging cultures. Films include Fanny Pack – Uttera Singh, Prom – Imran J. Khan, and Groomed – Wyatt Rockefeller.

Blood & Water Sept. 18
Traverse the North American West with three stories that explore the struggle between man and nature. Films include La Graduacion – Rafael Gomez, Rituals – Isabelle Aspin, and Bloodlines – Christopher Nataanii.

Coming Home Sept. 25
Three young women confront difficult homecomings. Films include AWOL – Deb Shoval, When We Were Young – Gabrielle Capili, and Bookends – Dominic Villarrubia.

Pet Problems Oct. 2
Three wayward pets wreak havoc on the lives of their owners, neighbors and even distant acquaintances. Films include Rosie, Oh – Andy Kroeger, The Execution – Elise Ahrens, and Cupcake Bob – Olivia Accardo.

Stranger Desires Oct. 9
Tom and Myrna are looking for love in all the wrong places in two stories of
misplaced affections. Films include Tom – Michael Smigel and Mr. Lamb – Jean Pesce

Uncharted Waters Oct. 16
Whether in rural Japan or Oregon – fitting in isn’t easy for two young men struggling to define their manhood without fathers. Films include Stage Two – Lara Gallagher and Born With It – Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour.

Hidden Passions
Vulnerability is embraced as three people learn to let go and reveal their secret passions to the world. Films include Festus – Shawn Snyder, Yeah Kowalski – Evan Roberts, and Clean – Gabriel Wilson

Border Crossings
Two short films follow families as they travel great distances, both physically and emotionally, to find a new home. Films include Sweet, Sweet Country – Dehanza Rogers and We are the Immigrants – Catalina Matamoros Puerto

Magical Beasts
From the coast of Ireland to Norway’s dense forest to a young girl’s imagination – magical beasts lurk in the shadows. Films include Theodora – Mike Makowsky, Vilt Gutt – Dawson Taylor, and Salt – Ugla Hauksdóttir.

Bewitched
A church-going woman in South Africa attempts to befriend her hairdresser neighbor, a rumored murderer. uNomalanga and the Witch – Palesa Shongwe.

Hispanic Heritage Month programming 2017

KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Hispanic experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community. You can watch our award-winning Austin Revealed El Despertar program on the Austin Chicano Civil Rights movement online now

Ballet Hispanico
Friday, September 15 at 8:00 pm
Enjoy two iconic works from the country’s premier Latino dance company: CARMEN.maquia, a modern take on Bizet’s passionate opera, and Club Havana, a virtuosic reimagining of a sizzling nightclub by Cuban-born choreographer Pedro Ruiz.

Overheard with Evan Smith “Diane Guerrero, Actor”
Sunday, September 24 at 12:30 pm.
Diane Guerrero is an actress on the hit shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. Her first In the Country We Love recently hit the shelves.

Beyond La Bamba
Monday, September 25 at 9:30 pm
Through the compelling story of a young musician who leaves home to follow his dreams, Mexico’s 300-year-old son jarocho tradition comes vividly to life in Beyond La Bamba. From the rural roots of Veracruz to the urban rhythms of the Midwest, a family of iconic musicians forges a new life but remains true to their music.

Craft in America “Borders”
Friday, September 29 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 1 at 1:00 pm
Craft in America returns this September with two stellar episodes that reach across our southern border into Mexico to focus on shared histories, explore the synergy between our cultural identities, and look at how objects carry heritage, memories, and sacred meanings. Craft in America # 901 “Borders” takes us back and forth across the border to visit iconic artists in both Mexico and the United States and explores the relationships and influences that Mexican and American craft artists have on each other.

Craft in America “Neighbors”
Friday, September 29 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm
“Neighbors” explores the people, history, traditions and crafts in both countries, noting how aesthetics cross over and back again in a living and on-going cultural exchange.

Annual Imagen Awards 2017
Sunday, October 1 at 3:00 pm
The 32nd Annual Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities and Latino-focused projects, including programs that have aired on PBS. Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Family receive the President’s Award for their contributions to the Latino community and the arts.

Great Performances “Havana Time Machine”
Friday, October 6 at 8:00 pm
Nowhere else on the planet does the past inform the present and the future embrace the past with the energy and emotional power of today’s Cuba. This program takes viewers on a musical journey where past, present and future collide in a joyful celebration.

Hispanic Heritage Awards
Friday, October 6 at 9:00 pm
This program honors recipients of the 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, the country’s highest award paying tribute to Latinos by Latinos.

Arts In Context Shorts Barrio Writers
By empowering teens through creative writing, higher education and creative arts, the Barrio Writers are reinstating the term “Barrio” to its original meaning – community, and embracing it. This writing community began with small workshops atEl Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, California and have now evolved into week long, intensive programs on university campuses. At the end of the week, the Barrio Writers transform their stereotypes into a place of positivity and become empowered in their own words. Watch now

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
Watch now and vote

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
Watch now and vote
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.

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.

NEA Announces Grant to KLRU’s Considering Matthew Shepard television special

KLRU has received a  $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support post-production, distribution, and promotion costs for the television program Considering Matthew Shepard. Showcasing Composer and Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson and the vocal ensemble Conspirare, the program will feature a performance of the concert-length work Considering Matthew Shepard, a reflection on Shepard’s life and death. The program will incorporate theatrical elements such as set design and projected images and will be offered for national broadcast.

As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts announced on June 14th its second round of funding for FY 2017. This funding round includes partnerships with state, jurisdictional, and regional arts agencies. The NEA will award 1,195 grants totaling $82.06 million to support organizations that employ artists and cultural workers to provide programs for thousands of people from Idaho to Maine; in urban centers such as Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas; and in rural towns as different as Haines, Alaska and Whitesburg, Kentucky.

“The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”

NEA-funded arts activities are as diverse as the places that foster them. A folk festival in downtown Butte, Montana; a former gas station transformed into a glass foundry in Farmville, North Carolina; dance classes for children with special needs in Winter Park, Florida; and a playwrights workshop in New Harmony, Indiana are just a few of the projects included in the lists below. These lists are organized by:
State/jurisdiction and then by city/town and by;
Funding category (Art Works II, Our Town, Research: Art Works, and state and regional partnerships) and then artistic discipline/field, ranging from arts education to visual arts

Competition for NEA grants is significant. In this second funding round for FY 2017, the agency received 2,063 eligible applications. The value of NEA funding is not only its monetary impact but also its reputation. An NEA grant confers a seal of approval, allowing an organization to attract other public and private funds beyond the required 1:1 match. In 2016, the ratio of NEA dollars to matching funds was 1:9 or $500 million.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit arts.gov.

Austin Film Society and KLRU present preview screening of Abacus 6/10, 11 & 14

The Austin Film Society, Asian American Film Festival and KLRU present a preview screening of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, which will air as part of Frontline later this year.  Screenings take place June 10, 11 & 14 at AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752. Buy tickets now

Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) follows an incredible cast of characters as he takes on the too-bizarre-to-not-be-true tale of a small, family-run bank in New York’s Chinatown, targeted as the scapegoat for the entire American subprime mortgage crisis.

Austin Film Festival and KLRU present POV preview screenings this summer

POV

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of three upcoming episodes of the documentary series POV. All screenings are free with an RSVP. Each one will take place at the SANTA CRUZ CENTER FOR CULTURE at 1805 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Memories of a Penitent Heart
June 13th – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – July 31st
RSVP FOR JUNE 13TH

Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo suspected that there was something ugly in her family’s past. Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel, who died at a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin. As she searches for Miguel’s partner decades later, the film — both a love story and a tribute — offers a cautionary tale of how faith can be used and abused in times of crisis. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).

 

Raising Bertie
July 10th – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – August 28th
Filmmaker – Margaret Byrne
RSVP FOR JULY 10TH

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

 

Swim Team
August 21st – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – October 2nd
Filmmaker – Lara Stolman
RSVP FOR AUGUST 21st

Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Festival.