Intergalactic Nemesis: Episode 1

KLRU brings the popular live-action graphic novel Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth to the web. This week we kick off the series, with ….

Episode 1: PROLOGUE
The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid research assistant Timmy Mendez are caught up in a terrible blizzard while looking to meet up with their contact for a story they’ve uncovered about an international pelt smuggling ring.

Intergalactic Nemesis goes digital

Intergalactic Nemesis creator Jason Neulander announced that Intergalactic Nemesis and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, are working together to bring the project to a larger audience by launching a new web series that anyone, anywhere can watch. The web series launches July 7th, and will be serialized with new episodes each Monday for 17 weeks.

“Up to this point, the only way to experience The Intergalactic Nemesis has been live,” says Neulander. “Now, we’re making the project available to everyone with a computer. I think it’s going to be a game-changer, in terms of public awareness, in terms of sustaining the business, and in terms of keeping the live-action graphic novels touring for many years to come.”

The series, which brings the comic book style to life, was funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign with funds raised by KLRU matched by PBS Digital Studios, PBS’ initiative to create high-quality original video content for online platforms.

“We are so excited to partner with The Intergalactic Nemesis on our newest digital series. This project is unique for both its production techniques and the way it’s presented as a weekly serial,” said Sara Robertson, VP Production and Technology at KLRU.

The first season of the web series version of The Intergalactic Nemesis will be available at no cost on klru.org, the PBS APP on AppleTV, Xbox and Roku, youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios or at youtube.com/intergalacticnemesis.

Neulander will present the final installment of the series Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity, September 5 and 6 at the Long Center. The Intergalactic Nemesis team is currently reprising the first two installments, Target Earth and Robot Planet Rising at the Long Center through July 6.

Hispanic Marketing Symposium presents Running the Game

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The Austin Advertising Federation is showcasing the importance of Latino Gamechangers that are breaking new ground and shaping major industries in entertainment, the digital landscape and consumer trends. KLRU is a proud sponsor of the Running the Game 2014 presented by the Hispanic Marketing Symposium on Wednesday, June 4 at the Austin-American Statesman.

The event includes a TEDTalks-style presentation, inspiring sessions and workshops by groundbreakers from LatinWorks, Mercury Mambo, Dieste, Inspire Culture and more. Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Time: noon to 7 pm
Location: Austin American-Statesman – 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
Tickets: Member – $75, Non-Member – $100, Student – $50 Purchase tickets now

Gamechanger Agenda Includes:
12:00 – 1:00pm Registration
1:00 – 5:00pm Sessions and Workshops
5:00 – 7:00pm El After-Party

A listing of the speakers and additional information can be found here.

Ann Richards School Student Productions 2014

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was founded in 2007 and serves grades 6-12. It is a unique public all-girls school in Austin, Texas dedicated to educating young women to become leaders and to provide them with the skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. Ann Richards is a college preparatory school that focuses on challenging its students through rigorous pre-AP and AP courses.

When students at Ann Richards reach ninth grade, they choose one of three pathways to learn about in their four years of high school: Media Technology, Engineering, or Biomedical. Students in the Media Technology pathway create many short films and animations, among other things, over the course of their high school years. KLRU has partnered with juniors from the Media Technology pathway to share a selection of these shorts.

The animations were completed by the sophomores over the course of a semester and the short films were completed by the juniors and seniors. Before beginning these projects, students had to develop new skills and learn software programs such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Papagayo, Final Cut Pro, and AVID. The students had to write, develop, and produce their pieces on their own. The sophomores worked on hand drawing and painting their characters in photoshop before working on After Effects to animate their stories. The juniors and seniors worked on their own to write, edit, and produce their films. These girls dedicated time before and after school as well as on the weekends to complete their animations and films.

These short films and animations are available now

Giveaway: Mariachi Vargas en Concierto on June 7th

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The world-renown, 115-year-old mariachi band Mariachi Vargas is inducting its sixth generation of members with a special performance at the Long Center in Austin on June 7th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Long Center

Our friends at Mariachi Vargas have given KLRU a limited number of tickets to giveaway to our viewers. Email giveaways@klru.org by 9 am on May 30th. We will randomly choose three winners who will each receive two tickets to the performance.

Mariachi Vargas en Concierto captivates heart and soul with a live concert experience of Mexico’s finest music with El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo, and some Texas favorites! Mariachi Vargas is one of the world’s most influential and revered mariachi groups, and has been since 1898. There have since been five generations of musicians. It’s time to introduce the sixth generation of Mariachi Vargas under the direction of the new violinist, vocalist and director, Carlos Martínez, nephew of the previous director José “Pepe” Martínez.

The award-winning Austin area performers Mariachi Nueva Generación from Texas State University and the “Best Mariachi Vocalist in the U.S.” William “Carlton” Gálvez from Kyle, Texas will start off the concert. A special guest appearance of the 11-year-old singing prodigy Angélica Vargas will launch her first recording for her self-titled CD.

KLRU Kids @ The Thinkery on El Día de los Niños

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On the evening of April 30, KLRU unveiled several new playground games, one of our design and two from the fertile minds of the Connally HS (Pflugerville ISD) Advanced Game Design Class. “Order Up!/A La Orden” asked kids to work with each other and adults to build menu choices that met requirements for price, food groups, caloric content, protein, and distance from farm to table. “Story Safari” had kids scaling The Thinkery’s Backyard to find and recreate story elements nabbed by a pesky monkey. And “Last Animal Standing” had kids play the role of animals who had to both cooperate and compete to obtain a limited food supply. The game designers were hoping to spark complex thinking and real-world connections; these games will be sent to PBS Kids national for use in promoting the new PBS Kids Virtual World this fall, where similar themes will be explored.
Thanks to The Thinkery and the Texas Book Festival for their collaborative efforts! ¡Que vivan los niños!

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Pflugerville student received national recognition from PBS NewsHour

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Congratulations to Pflugerville High School junior Kennedy Huff! Kennedy was chosen for the inaugural class of KLRU and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars and was honored by the staff of Congressman Michael T. McCaul (TX-10) for her accomplishment on May 1st.

Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees member Vernagene Mott (R) congratulates PHS student Kennedy Huff (L) on being named a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees member Vernagene Mott (R) congratulates PHS student Kennedy Huff (L) on being named a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Kennedy, along with 10 other students chosen from participating Reporting Labs schools across the country, will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to help teachers from around the country develop curricula and instruction strategies to engage young people in news and current affairs and ensure that the youth voice is a part of the conversation around critical issues facing the nation.

PBS NewsHour Executive Producer Linda Winslow says it’s important for public media to help build the next generation of reporters. “I want them to deliver the kind of quality that we encourage today journalism that makes people better informed citizens of the world,” she said.

Students participating in the Reporting Labs program work with public media mentors from their local stations to produce original news reports. Their work is featured on the national Student Reporting Labs website, the NewsHour’s Rundown and broadcast as well as americangraduate.org. The Reporting Labs after-school club at Pflugerville High School has worked with KLRU.

“PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is just one of the many innovative ways that KLRU leverages content to provide students with real-life learning experiences and help them connect their education to future aspirations for long-term success,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO, KLRU. “We are delighted and proud that a student from our Reporting Lab is an All-Star.”

Student mentor and KLRU producer Lynn Boswell said, “It’s been exciting to see the number of schools and students participating in the program grow so quickly. These students are gaining strong skills that will be very valuable if they choose to pursue careers in journalism. But they’re also gaining tools to help them become informed citizens and thoughtful voters, no matter what careers they eventually choose.”

Mentor Lynn Boswell (L) and Teacher David Robb (R) congratulate Pflugerville High School student Kennedy Huff who was a chosen as a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

Mentor Lynn Boswell (L) and Teacher David Robb (R) congratulate Pflugerville High School student Kennedy Huff who was a chosen as a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Star.

In addition to participating in the Reporting Labs club at Pflugerville High School, Kennedy is an editor for the school newspaper and a member of the student broadcast staff. She models herself after Lisa Ling and Oprah Winfrey and aspires to one day host her own network show.

“Kennedy Huff is a shining example of what the Student Reporting Labs program represents: curiosity, civic engagement and hard work,” said Reporting Labs Producer/Program Coordinator Thaisi Da Silva.

Student Reporting Labs is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of the public media initiative, “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” which is helping communities improve education opportunities for all students and build the next generation of skilled graduates. Student Reporting Labs is also funded by National Science Foundation.

The Reporting Labs club at PHS is co-sponsored by Tamika Fagan, David Robb and James Ruiz.