Save the Date: POV Screening Thank You for Playing 7/12

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Join us on July 12 as we continue our POV Documentary Series with the heartfelt documentary Thank You for Playing.

ThankYouForPlayingWeb-300x225When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey with a poetic video game. Thank You for Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years creating “That Dragon, Cancer,” which evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as “unimaginably intimate” by The New Yorker, the film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the unique ways that art and technology can help us share profound experiences.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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PBS 2016 Online Film Festival

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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.

Peppermint
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.

 

 

Music Under the Star 7/8: The Midnight Stroll and Walker Lukens

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Want the concert experience but don’t want to break your wallet? Music Under the Star free concert series sounds like your cup of tea.

Each week this July Bullock Texas State History Museum will be hosting free concerts from 6 pm to 9 pm in the museum’s Lone Star Plaza.

Kicking off the series July 8 is Ghostland Observatory frontman Aaron Behrens, debuting his solo album this year. Writing, recording and rehearsing with a crack team of Austin musicians, Behrens blends elements of soulful rock and heartfelt blues into a refreshing sound with band, The Midnight Stroll, featuring Jonas Wilson (previously from Lomita and White White Lights) on guitar.

Opening the event is Walker Lukens, whose soulful, emotive tenor and alt-pop songwriting have been compared to Harry Nilsson to Tom Waits and Pavement. Lukens, Austin, Texas-based, has fronted various bands but later released his solo EP, Year of the Dog and later his Devoted in 2013. They received unanimous praise from outlets like NPR, American Songwriter, Austin-American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, and Billboard.

KLRU and Austin City Limits are presenting partners for this year’s Music Under the Stars series.

Before checking out the concert, make sure to explore the Austin City Limits Theater installation in the Museum’s third floor galleries features the music and musicians that made the innovative PBS series the longest-running music program in American television history.acl-theater-gall1

The ACL Theater’s large-screen concert experience takes audiences from the 1974 pilot broadcast of Willie Nelson’s ACL performance to the present day. The music series originally featured local Austin musicians, but now the show books regional, national and international performances. Austin City Limits was designated as an official Rock and Roll Landmark in 2010 by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Sit back and enjoy Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffet, Flaco Jiménez, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead, and film clips from other ACL broadcasts. Artifacts on display in the exhibition include the Austin City Limits neon sign, the 1974 letter to PBS explaining the ACL concept, tree branches from the iconic Studio 6A set, and the 2011 Peabody Award that recognized ACL’s excellence in “presenting and preserving eclectic American musical genres.”

Save the Date: POV Screening ‘All the Difference’ 6/27

Join KLRU and the Austin Film Festival on June 27 as we preview the POV documentary   All the Difference. The event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP here.

AllthedifferenceWeb-300x225The lives of two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago comes to life in this film, which follows Robert and Krishaun as they pursue a college education. Statistics predict that they will not make it past high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds.

The screening takes place at the Google Fiber Space at 7pm June 27. RSVP here.

 

 

In the Studio: A Discussion about Austin’s Latino Identity 4/6

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For generations, Latinos have shaped Austin’s culture, and in recent years the number of people who identify as Latino has surged. Join moderator Josefina Casati, Editor of ¡Ahora Sí!, as we examine the challenges Austin’s Latino population faces, and discuss how this community contributes to the tapestry of our city. 

Wednesday, April 6
6:30pm Doors | 7pm Start
KLRU Studio 6A (map)
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This event is free but an RSVP is required

Have a question or topic you’d like to pose to our panelists on this subject? Email us at: civicsummit@klru.org

Civic Summit: Austin’s Latino Identity will air on KLRU on May 12, 2016 at 9pm

Want to learn more about Austin’s Chicano heritage? KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights tells the story of Austin’s Chicano history through first-person accounts of civil rights leaders.

In The Studio: Overheard tapes Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates Jr. 3/12, Anthony Foxx 3/13, Rick Linklater 3/22

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for multiple interviews this March in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). These events are free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP for one or multiple tapings.

Ken Burns
Saturday, March 12 at 10:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 9:45am

Ken Burns is an acclaimed historical documentary filmmaker. His films have won 13 Emmys, two Oscar nominations, and he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. His films and series, most of which appear on PBS, include The Civil War, The Dust Bowl, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, The War, Jazz, and Baseball. His next film, Jackie Robinson, will air on PBS on April 11 and 12. He is currently working on an 10 part film about the Vietnam War (released in 2017), as well as films about country music (2018), and Ernest Hemingway (2019).

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Saturday, March 12 at 11:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45am

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. In addition to being an historian, Dr. Gates is also an author, cultural critic, and filmmaker. He has produced numerous series for PBS including Looking for Lincoln, Many Rivers to Cross: The History of the African American People, and Finding Your Roots, many of which he also hosts. His next documentary series, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise will air on PBS stations this fall.

Anthony Foxx
Sunday, March 13 at 11:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45am

Anthony Foxx is the 17 U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx was Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina from 2009-2013. He also served as City Council Member At-Large for two terms. While he was mayor Charlotte extended the city’s light rail system, expanded the airport, highway improvements, and started a streetcar project.

Richard Linklater
Tuesday, March 22 at 12:00pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 11:30am

Overheard is thrilled to welcome Richard Linklater back to Studio 6A! Rick is a multiple Academy Award-nominated director whose credits include Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly,  School of Rock, Bernie, and Boyhood. His most recent Oscar nominations were for Boyhood, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Film Editing. That film  won him the Golden Globe for Best Director. Rick’s newest film is Everybody Wants Some, which is premiering at SXSW and will be released April 15th.

 

Let Chef Jacques Pépin cook for you!

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Experience the words and wisdom of the world-renowned chef when he comes to the Long Center this June!

For many years, Jacques Pépin has been there for us, demystifying French cooking. Are you celebrating Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday? Chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai prepare their favorite recipes with Jacques this spring drive on-air.  

You can experience the words and wisdom of world-renowned Chef Jacques Pépin when he comes to the Long Center this June! In addition to authoring the go-to book on French cuisine, Pépin made his way into our homes as the host of several acclaimed cooking programs on public television. Donate $200 and we’ll thank you with 2 tickets to see him live at the Long Center at 3 p.m. on June 5. Don’t miss the chance to see the beloved Jacques Pépin in his 80th year.  

KLRU is committed to sharing these impactful arts programs with everyone in Central Texas for free. Whether you’re just discovering cooking shows you love, or you’re a long time Jacques Pépin fan, the beauty of KLRU is that we bring you a richly varied menu of programming.

As your only community-supported public television station we know you rely on us to help you explore your world and make connections in your community. That’s why your investment, a gift at any amount, is so important to Your KLRU! Thank you!

Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson: Preview Screening 3/6

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center are teaming up to present a preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary, Jackie Robinson.

This two-part, four-hour documentary tells the story of the first African American player in Major League Baseball, his struggle for respect in a league dominated by white men and his battle to make all African Americans first class citizens through his athleticism.

The screening will include a 40-minute preview of the documentary and a reception will precede the screening. The event will be held at George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center Theater at 1161 Angelina St. in Austin. On Feb. 23, the reception will start at 6:30 pm and the screening will start at 7 p.m. On March 6, the reception will start at 3 p.m. and the screening will be at 3:30 p.m.You do not need to RSVP. Admission is based on when capacity is reached.

The documentary will premiere on KLRU in April.

In the Studio: Ethan Hawke tapes Overheard February 18!

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Join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ethan Hawke on February 18 at 11:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:45am.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. 

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Ethan Hawke is an Academy Award-nominated actor and screenwriter. He’s also an author of three novels, including his most recent Rules for a Knight, which The New Yorker called “a hybrid parenting guide and self-help book.” Hawke was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role last year for his performance in Boyhood. In his newest film, Born to be Blue, he plays legendary jazz musician Chet Baker. That film will be released March 25th.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Ethan Hawke. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

 

Blackademics 2016 tapings 2/9 & 2/10

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Blackademics Television is a presentation of The Institute for Community, University & School Partnerships (ICUSP) in combination with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. This project uses television & social media to share top Black Studies scholarship with broad popular audiences.

We invite you to join us live in KLRU’s Studio 6A on Feb. 9th & 10th to watch this year’s presenters tape their talks. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the taping starts promptly at 7 pm.

Presenters include:
Joshua & Jeremiah West
Dr. Tifani Jones Blakes
Jordan & Mia Smith
Ben Gilbarg
Shaan Shah
Dr. Kevin Michael Foster
Leander Brieon Thompson
Artist Tyson
Mikaila Ulmer
Kelley Glover

Watch Blackademics talks from pervious years now