PBS 2016 Online Film Festival


For the past four years the PBS Online Film Festival has delivered some of the most powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. Now, attracting more than 1.5 million video stream in its first four years as well as nominations in the Webby Awards, PBS will return for a fifth year on July 11-29, 2016.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations and ITVS and POV. Starting July 11, viewers can once again watch, vote and share their favorites. This year’s festival includes collaborations with a wide variety of public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Wisconsin Media Lab and Vision Maker Media.

Beginning July 11, the festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. All 25 independent films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.

Viewers are encouraged to watch, share and vote for their favorite film by going to: pbs.org/filmfestival. The film with the most votes will receive the “PBS People’s Choice” award. Additionally, for the first time ever, viewers can vote for their favorite film by logging onto their Facebook or Twitter account and sharing their favorite film titles using the #PBSolff. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

KLRU has three local films competing this year: The Superlative Light, Peppermint and The Scar.


The Superlative Light
by Ben Steinbauer
Documentary photographer, Robert Shults, went from being a homeless
dreamer to a home-owning artist after taking photos of the brightest
light source in the known universe, a laser in basement of the physics
department at The University of Texas.

by Jay Hubert
6-year-old Samantha must convince her father to take her favorite pet
with them as they move away from their Texas farm.

The Scar
by Brittney Shepherd
Confined by the oppressive summer heat, a single-minded mother, and
the limits of girlhood, a young girl’s outing to the corner store
stirs an unexpected self-realization.



A new monthly series beginning 7/9: Science Goes To The Movies


It seems as if science has taken over everything nowadays, right? Everywhere you turn you’re faced with the fact that science – or science fiction, if you’re into that- is the ‘now’ thing. Hollywood has caught on to this and have formulated some of today’s beloved films such as Interstellar, Birdman and The Theory of Everything.

Here at KLRU we’re just as fascinated with scientific disciplines as Hollywood, which is why a new monthly series is coming to KLRUQ this July! Science Goes To The Movies, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, will explore the science in contemporary motion pictures.

Salie is a television and national public radio host, political and pop culture commentator (CBS Sunday Morning), interviewer, journalist and actor. Dr. Berlin is an American neuroscientist.

Each episode will feature different guests drawn from different scientific backgrounds, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films such as The Imitation Game, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Silence Of The Lambs.

Birdman, Interstellar and The Theory Of Everythingairs July 3 at 12 am and July 9 at 7 pm
What’s the deal with hallucinations and black holes? In this episode, Salie and Dr. Berlin sit down with Dr. Emily Rice for an in-depth look at the science in these 2015 top films.

The Imitation Game and Into The Woodsairs July 10 at 12 am and July 16 at 7 pm
Cryptologist Rosario Genarro joins us on this episode of Science at the Movies. Together, we will discuss pattern recognition in the work of both Alan Turing and Stephen Sondheim.

The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Serviceairs July 17 at 12 am and July 23 at 7 pm
In this week’s episode, co-hosts Salie and Dr. Berlin are joined by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – Director of The American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium – to discuss how Hollywood depicts scientists, particularly in current movies such as The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service and Particle Feverairs July 24 at 12 am and July 30 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin, Salie and astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson continue their conversation of Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as how scientists and science it self are depicted in the 2013 documentary Particle Fever.

Force Majeure and Rosewaterairs July 31 at 12 am and Aug. 6 at 7 pm
What does fear do to the bran, to the body and how does it affect our decision making? This week Dr. Berlin and Salie sit down with journalist Ira Flatow as they discuss the Swedish film Force Majeure and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater for a discussion of visceral fear.

American Sniper and Grand Torinoairs Aug. 7 and Aug. 13 at 7 pm
Gerard Ilaria, from Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Headstrong Project, and Derek Coy, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran join us on this week’s episode of Science Goes To The Movies to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it relates to Clint Eastwood’s films American Sniper and Grand Torino.

Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fatal Attraction and Last Tango In Parisairs Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 at 7 pm
Helen Fisher, a Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute and Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com joins Dr. Berlin and Salie on this week’s episode of Science At The Movies. The three will discuss sex and its effect on perception in these films.

Ex Machina and Blade Runnerairs Aug. 21 and Aug. 27 at 7 pm
The 2015 film Ex Machina and 1982’s Blade Runner will be featured on this week’s episode. Christof Koch, President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, joins us for a discussion of artificial intelligence and the fluid nature of consciousness in these films.

Welcome To Me, The Jinx and The Silence Of The Lambs airs at Aug. 28 and Sept. 3 at 7 pm
Co-hosts Faith Salie and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin discuss madness in the films and TV shows Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig, HBO’s The Jinx, The Silence Of The Lambs, and in part of Game of Thrones.

Star Trek, Star Wars and Fantastic Fourairs Sept. 4 and Sept.10 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin and Salie are joined by City College physics professor Vinod Menon to discuss how light is used and portrayed in Star Wars, Star Trek and Fantastic Four.

Mad Max: Fury Roadairs Sept. 11 and Sept. 17 at 7 pm
The science of cars and engines are discussed in this episode as automotive engineer and Future Fuels Technology CEO Art Vatsky sit down with Dr. Berlin and Salie.

Ballers and Everestairs Sept. 18 and Sept. 24 at 7 pm
Retired Giants linebacker Carl Banks comes by to talk about the HBO series Ballers, the neurological underpinnings of teamwork, and why humans like to watch other humans engage in risky or dangerous behaviors.

Zom-beesairs Sept. 25 at 7 pm
Mark Siddall, parasitologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History talks the science and history of both real and fictional zombies.

Arts In Context seeks community input

Arts In Context

Austin is constantly changing. Whether that be its music, food or art scene there is always something trendy around the corner. Which is why Arts In Context is seeking applicants for artists to feature on the award-winning series.

With Arts In Context, KLRU aims to pique curiosity and inspire individuals by spotlighting visual arts, dance, music and culture. Each episode is compelling and character driven.

If you have a story that anyone can be inspired by or can relate to, make sure to apply today. Apply here

KLRUQ Sunday Highlights 7/3

KLRU Q Featured

This Sunday on KLRUQ join us as we air two documentaries on two of the greatest fighters of the 20th century: Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnsonpart 1 at 5:50 pm and part 2 at 7:45 pm

This film by Ken Burns chronicles the life and career of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion and one of the greatest fighters of the 20th-century. Johnson ultimately lost his title in a bout in Cuba in 1915, after fleeing the United States following his federal conviction for allegedly violating the Mann Act, a progressive-era law intended to crack down on commercialized vice, but used against Johnson to create an example against, to quote the prosecutor, “the evils of miscegenation.

Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami starts at 9:30 pm

‘Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami’ explores the critical role that Miami played in the evolution of one of the significant cultural figures of our time: Muhammad Ali (nee Cassius Clay). The film chronicles Cassius Clay’s arrival in Miami in the fall of 1960 (fresh from earning a gold medal in the Rome Olympics), his life in Overtown — a neighborhood that was considered “Harlem South” and a vibrant center of black entertainment and commerce — and his affiliation with the famed Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach. Over the course of the next few years — coinciding with the height of the national civil rights movement — Clay evolved both professionally and politically, piling up victories in the ring and adopting the black separatist teachings of the Nation of Islam. This documentary makes clear, it was in this period that Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali.

Q Night At The Movies 7/2

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This week on Q Night At The Movies we are featuring two Hollywood stars Yul Brynner and America Ferrera. Later, tune into two classic movies ‘The Stranger’ and ‘D.o.a.’

Hollywood IdolsYul Brynner: The Man Who Was King‘ – airs at 7 pm
There will never be another like Yul Brynner. No other actor has had his looks, his range of talents, his energy, and his capacity to draw others into the spell of his charm. At an early age he found his perfect role in The King And I. The Academy Award-winning success that might have become a trap for a lesser star became the ongoing glory of his career from the peak of his stardom to his untimely death. Including clips from The King And I, The Ten Commandments, Anastasia, The Magnificent Seven, The Brothers Karamazov and Westworld.

On StoryAmerica Ferrera On The Storyteller’s Responsibility‘ – airs at 7:30 pm
Producer/Emmy-award winning actress, America Ferrera talks about her early roles in film and television including the hit show Ugly Betty, Real Women Have Curves, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and working with Ryan Piers Williams on the independent film The Dry Land.

Corinth Films CollectionThe Stranger‘ – airs at 8 pm
In 1946, Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) of the United Nations War Crimes Commission is hunting for a Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a war criminal. Kindler has assumed a new identity, Charles Rankin, and has become a prep school teacher in a small town in Connecticut. He has married Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young), daughter of Supreme Court Justice Adam Longstreet (Philip Merivale).

Corinth Films CollectionD.O.A‘ – airs at 9:35 pm
Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow (Edmund O’Brien) goes to San Francisco for a week’s fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula (Pamela Britton). After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he’s been given a “luminous toxin” with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live! Not knowing who did it or why, he embarks on a frantic odyssey to find his own murderer.

Q Night at the Movies 6/25

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Remember Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn in a special program and be on the lookout for rich eligible bachelors with our screening of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ on Q Night at the Movies.

Hollywood IdolsAudrey Hepburn Remembered‘ – airs at 7 pm

Audrey Hepburn was one of movies’ best-loved stars. She was blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence. Clips capture her commenting on her career, and the family and friendships that were her priority. The program features remembrances from her closest friends and family.

On StoryEpisode #611‘ – airs at 7:30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

All-star Film CollectionGentlemen Prefer Blondes‘ – airs at 8 pm

Two showgirls on the lookout for rich eligible bachelors run into numerous complications during a trip to Paris.

Arts In Context Shorts: Fire and Dance

Prakash Mohandas, founder of Agni The Dance Company, has set his mark in Austin by opening the first Bollywood dance studio in the area. Founded in 2007, Agni consists of professional performers, aspiring artists, instructors, production assistants and a management team united by a common love of the performing arts and creative expression.

FIRE AND DANCE 2“Choreography doesn’t come from thin air,” Mohandas said. “For me, (the song) has to inspire me for me to want to choreograph it. When I get into that space, it’s a very spiritual experience.”

One of Agni’s primary goals is to provide quality Indian, performing arts education in various locations in Austin and Round Rock areas through classes conducted by experienced and renowned instructors.

“Austin is fantastic for eclectic audiences,” he said. “I think it’s one of the cities that I’ve seen that is so welcoming to new kinds of art forms and a new kinds of dance.”

Arts In Context Shorts: Stitched Together

While traveling across Europe, Mychal Mitchell thought she would be inspired by the architecture of the cities she visited but after having her journal stolen in a train station she soon discovered a bookbinding studio in Venice and fell in love with the old-world-style of handmade leather journals.

Handtorn paper“I discovered bookbinding kind of my accident,” Mitchell said. “About a week later, I was kind of flirting with this very handsome street artist and he ended up taking me to his friend’s little bookbinding studio and I ended up being blown away by what he was doing.”
Now, more than 20 years later, Mitchell continues to use the techniques she learned on her European trip and shares her beautiful handcrafted journals and photo albums with others in her East Austin Studio.

Cutting leather“It’s really inspiring to see the way that people use them,” she said. “Especially when people bring them back to me and they are all filled up…they’re gorgeous.”



Eyes On The Prize

Many of us are familiar with civil rights leaders such as Rose Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many of us are familiar with “Freedom Riders” and the March on Washington.  Yet, there are many other events and individuals that have been captured in the Eyes on the Prize series. And here is an exceptional way to become familiar with many more of the participants and events that defined the civil rights movement.

KLRU will rebroadcast the Eyes on the Prize series starting on Juneteenth 2016. This landmark series will be presented to a new generation of viewers and encourage informed dialogue on today’s civil rights issues. KLRU will air the entire 14-part series along with the half-hour special Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Eyes on the Prize premiered in 1987. This groundbreaking series will return in June 19, 2016. Series 1 and Series 2 will be presented over three Sundays starting at 1:00 pm on KLRU-Austin PBS.

Sunday, June 19
1 pm        Juneteenth Jamboree 2016
1:30 pm   Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now
2-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 101 102 103 104
6 pm        Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now

Sunday, June 26:
1-3 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 105 106
3-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 201 202 203

Sunday, July 3
1-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 204 205 206 207 208

The half-hour special, Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now, will re-examine this groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. The special explores how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

Paul Stekler, Chair of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin was the co-producer/director of two of the segments featured on Eyes on the Prize programs #204 and #207. He is also featured in Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Originally produced by Backside, Eyes on the Prize remains the definitive documentary series exploring the civil rights movement. It portrays the story of ordinary people who took extraordinary measures to create a social movement. The television series is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries on civil rights in America. Eyes on the Prize has won six Emmy Awards and numerous other awards including the top DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage to the mass demonstrations. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist narrates the series.

Q Night At The Movies 6 /18

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Join KLRUQ for a night at the movies with Ingrid Bergman, On Story and Oklahoma!

Hollywood IdolsIngrid Bergman Remembered‘ – airs at 7 pm 

Ingrid Bergman possessed a natural and vulnerable persona, which was both genuine and alluring. Her cinematic contributions included such movie classics as Casablanca and Anastasia. Bergman’s life took many sharp turns and led her in directions she never expected.  Appearing together for the first time, Ingrid’s daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini take a personal look back at their mother’s life beyond Bergman’s acting career. They tell the story of her life, from her childhood in Sweden to her death at age 67 from breast cancer.

On Story Episode #610‘ – airs at 7: 30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

All-star Film CollectionOklahoma‘ – airs at 8 pm

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.