Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings

Indie lens pop-up

Independent Lens announced the launch of Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around films from the award-winning PBS series. Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

The Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup includes a diverse selection of new documentaries that explore issues from race to gun violence, from veterans’ issues to autism.  Each free event takes place starting at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

Here is the complete Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup for 2015-16.


October 6th
Stray Dog
by Debra Granik
From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There’s much more to Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he also comes to terms with his combat experience.


November 3rd
Mimi and Dona
by Sophie Sartain
For 64 years, 92-year-old Mimi has cared for her daughter Dona, who has an intellectual disability, and now faces the inevitable: to find Dona a home. This alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming film by Mimi’s granddaughter tells the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo, and their effect on three generations of a Texas family.


December 1st
Autism in Love
by Matt Fuller
Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romantic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.


January 5th
In Football We Trust
by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn
In Football We Trust intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they’ll never stop fighting for a better future.


February 2nd
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
by Stanley Nelson
A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

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The Graduates
Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders.


April 5th
The Armor of Light
by Abigail Disney
Two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence: a famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother dedicates herself to creating change after the shooting of her unarmed teenage son.


May 3rd
Peace Officer
by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber
The increasingly tense relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of someone who’s been on both sides: a former sheriff who established Utah’s first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Now a private investigator, Dub seeks the truth in this case and other officer-involved shootings.


June 7th
by Zack Canepari and Drea Cooper
17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields came from the streets of Flint to reach the Gold Medal podium in London in 2012, the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympics, but as we see in this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.

Wild Kratts Live! 1/23

Wild Kratts

You gotta be squidding me! The wildly popular PBS Kids show Wild Kratts is coming to the University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall January 23 for Wild Kratts Live!

Emmy-nominated brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, the creative team behind Wild Kratts, Kratt’s Creatures, Be the Creature and Zooboomafoo, create a special live-action adventure specifically for stage on their national tour. Martin and Chris “come to real life” in a classic Wild Kratts story. In “To the Creature Rescue!”, the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain and save the animals of the creature world. The Kratts’ animated adventures on TV combine zany zoological fun with lessons about science.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at 512-477-6060 or on Texas Performing Arts Website.

American Graduate Day Oct. 3rd


On October 3rd, KLRU will be exploring the dropout crisis in Central Texas and celebrating the people and organizations who are working to keep all young people in our community on track to graduate high school. From 10 am to 5 pm, KLRU will participate in national American Graduate Day. American Graduate Day is a 7 hour celebration of the American Graduate initiative. In between the national content, Central Texas students will be your hosts from KLRU’s Studio 6A to talk about what the station is doing locally.

Local focus areas during the day include:
10:24am & 10:54am: Early Education
11:24am & 11:54am: Caring Consistent Adults
12:24pm & 12:54pm: More and Better Learning
1:24pm & 1:54pm: Special Needs Communities
2:24pm & 2:54pm: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
3:24pm & 3:54pm: Dropout Prevention and Recovery
4:24pm: Career Readiness and College Completion

American Graduate Day is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help more kids stay on the path to graduation. the program will tell the story of Community Partners and Champions – those groups and individuals providing support, advice, and intervention services to at‐risk students, families, and schools.

In the Studio: Civic Summit Austin’s Asian-American Identity 9/16

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Join us in studio for a taping of Civic Summit, where we’ll explore the challenges Asian-Americans face and common misconceptions about this diverse community.

DATE: Wednesday, September 16
TIME: 6:30pm Doors | 7pm Start
LOCATION: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Civic Summit: Austin’s Asian-American Identity will air on KLRU on October 8, 2015 at 9 pm, moderated by Esther Chung Martin, Executive Director of the Asian American Resource Center Nonprofit. Our panelists will be:

  • Dr. Snehal Shingavi, Associate Professor of South Asian literature at UT
  • Linda Phan, Executive Director of the Asian Family Supports Services of Austin
  • Richard Jung, Chair of Asian American Quality of Life Commission
  • Dr. Vagdevi Meunier, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Have a question you’d like to ask our panelists on this subject? Email us at:

Want to learn more about Austin’s Asian-American heritage? KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Pioneers from the East profiles three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area – the Sing family, the Wong family and the Lung family. Watch and learn more about the project

In the Studio: Mary Lynn Rajskub tapes Overheard 8/28

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mary Lynn Rajskub on August 28 at 3:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 3:15pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW.

Mary Lynn Rajskub (1)Mary Lynn Rajskub is a comedian and actress, best known for playing Chloe on Fox’s super-popular series 24. She has also appeared on 2 Broke Girls, Californication, Arrested Development, Mr. Show, and as a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. Rajskub has also been seen in movies, including Safety Not Guaranteed and The Kings of Summer. She’s currently on tour and is in Austin to perform stand-up for 3 nights at Cap City Comedy.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a sixth 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 Mary Lynn Rajskub. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at


Artists Den presents alt-J in theaters

Get a sneak peak at the new season of Artists Den on September 2 when the PBS show and Fathom Events will feature a performance by U.K. rock group alt-J. Artists Den Presents alt-J includes an exclusive performance during which the group played hits from its most recent albums for a packed crowd of 600 invited guests for a private performance inside the soaring, historic meeting hall of the Hollywood American Legion in Los Angeles. Tickets for Artists Den Presents alt-J can be purchased online or at participating theater box offices.

“Artists Den Presents alt-J” includes an intimate concert performance with interview footage captured exclusively for the big screen. Theaters across the country will have a unique cinema experience for this one-time event, showcasing many of alt-J’s hits from its debut album, 2012’s An Awesome Wave, and songs from the band’s most recent album, This Is All Yours.

Tickets for Artists Den Presents alt-J can be purchased online or at participating theater box offices. In Austin, “Artists Den Presents alt-J” will be shown on September 2 at:

Artists Den’s new season will air on KLRU Q in the Spring of 2016.

In the Studio: Andy Roddick Tapes Overheard (6/29)

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Andy Roddick on June 29 at 5:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:45pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP HERE.

AndyRoddickheadshotAndy Roddick is a former professional tennis player, former ATP World No. 1, and a philanthropist. He won his first Grand Slam singles title in 2003 and for the next decade was consistently ranked in the top 10. He was the youngest-ever ATP Player of the Year. Andy reached the Wimbledon finals three times in his career, and the Australian Open semi-finals four times. He retired from tennis in 2012. Andy is co-host of Fox Sports Live and of the Fox Sports Live podcast. The Andy Roddick Foundation provides out-of-school programs to underserved young people in Austin.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps a fifth 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 Andy Roddick. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at


Free Screening: Last Days in Vietnam

On Saturday, June 6, from 1 to 3pm  the Asian American Resource Center will host a free screening of the American Experience documentary “Last Days in Vietnam.”

This film from Rory Kennedy examines the final days of American presence in Saigon and the heroic efforts to help evacuate 135,000 South Vietnamese

During the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With thousands of lives hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision—who would go and who would be left behind. “Last Days in Vietnam” is currently nominated for a 2015 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature.

Food available for purchase. Doors open 12:30 p.m. Please plan on arriving early if you would like to purchase food. FREE Admission. AARC Ballroom

RSVP here:

Screening Austin Revealed Pioneers from the East 5/27

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Join us for a screening of
Austin Revealed: Pioneers from the East

Join KLRU and the Asian American Resource Center as we premiere the latest videos from our ongoing Austin Revealed series. The new videos explore the first Chinese families to settle in Austin. Produced in partnership with the Austin History Center, these videos tell the stories of four generations of prominent Chinese American families still living in Central Texas through first person interviews and archival material.

Wednesday, May 27th
Doors 6:30pm | Screening & discussion 7-8pm

Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78754

Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic group in Texas and nationwide, outpacing Hispanics. While most of this growth is due to recent immigration, the first wave of Asianmigration goes back to the mid 1800’s, when Chinese workers were brought in to work in gold mines and on the railroad. Some of these workers settled in Texas, but in a state that is fanatic about preserving and celebrating its history, very little is known about these pioneering AsianAmericans.

Austin Revealed is an ongoing video project that highlights stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.

This event is part of our work to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Austin Revealed screening sponsors

POV preview screenings this summer


KLRU, Austin Film Festival and the Bullock Texas State History Museum present preview screenings and discussions of three POV films scheduled to air later this year on KLRU. Art and Craft on June 10th, Web Junkie on July 7th and Point and Shoot on August 10th. The screenings are free, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to RSVP for each film you would like to attend.

Art and Craft
Wednesday, June 10th
7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum
The screening is free but an RSVP is required RSVP now
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era—and he isn’t in it for the money. In the last 30 years he’s copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, then donated them to museums across the country. When a tenacious registrar discovers the ruse, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of duped professionals intent on stopping him. But Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic, driven since his teens to escape “the life of a mental patient,” and ending the con isn’t so simple. A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man’s search for connection and respect. Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Named a Top 5 Documentary by the National Board of Review. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV. Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman; co-directed by Mark Becker

Web Junkie
Tuesday, July 7th
7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum
The screening is free but an RSVP is required RSVP now
Internet addiction has been declared a national health crisis in China, the first country in the world to classify this evolving diagnosis. Web Junkie follows the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers whose preference for the virtual world over the real one is summed up in one jarring statement: “Reality is too fake.” Israeli filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia gained extraordinary access to a three-month military-style rehab program in Beijing, illuminating a process that, while stern, may help set a standard as the wider world comes to grips with the devastating consequences of excessive Internet use. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Web Junkie by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia

Point and Shoot
Monday, August 10th
7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum
The screening is free but an RSVP is required RSVP now
POV has broadcast every feature documentary by two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry for 10 years, starting with 2005′s Street Fight. Point and Shoot is the fourth. It follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 27-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood”. He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a three-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. When revolution broke out in Libya, he joined in the fight against Muammar Gaddafi and spent six months in solitary confinement. A co-production of ITVS. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Point and Shoot by Marshall Curry