Austin films featured in PBS Online Film Festival 2015

PBS has announced the 25 films that will be part of the fourth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on June 15 – July 17, 2015. Austin filmmakers Ivete Lucas, John Spotswood Moore, and Sai Selvarajan are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films “ExVotos”, “Once Again”, and “Sugarless Tea”.

Starting June 8th, Roku customers will have exclusive early access to the PBS Online Film Festival for one-week via the PBS channel on Roku players and Roku TV models. Beginning June 15th, the Festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms including, YouTube and PBS social media channels. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film  to win the “People’s Choice” award. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

The three films submitted by KLRU from Austin filmmakers are:

After experiencing a shootout in her neighborhood, Anayansi, a pregnant teenager, fears that  she will lose her child. Hoping for a miracle, her mother takes her on a pilgrimage to the festival of Saint Francis. As their journey merges with thousands of travelers from across Mexico, they  must face the reality of her condition and escape the confines of tradition if she is to survive.

Once Again
In the early nineties, OCD was thought to be a behavioral, almost psychotic disorder. Weaving together animation, home movies, and animation, filmmaker John Spotswood Moore tells the story of years lost to this horrible condition. Through mental torture, hospitalization, and humiliation, “Once Again” shows how Moore eventually won the fight against this disorder to become a champion of his own mind and body.

Sugarless Tea
Sugarless Tea takes viewers on a journey to India and Queens, NY, in a tale of separated brothers, chance meetings and identity. The film features watercolors filmed using a stop motion technique that evokes travelogues and bedtime stories, and highlights the process of painting itself. The short film is narrated by political comic Hari Kondabolu (Conan, Late Night and John Oliver’s New York Stand Up show).

The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The Festival has become a popular annual online event; last year it attracted more than 350,000 streams and 50,000 votes cast for the winner, as well as a nomination in the 2015 Webby Awards category for Online Film & Video: Variety (Channel).  This year’s line up features films from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), POV, StoryCorps and Vision Maker Media, as well as PBS local member stations including Alaska Public Media, CET/ThinkTV (Cincinnati/Dayton), KLRU-TV Austin PBS, KQED (San Francisco), Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Twin Cities Public Television, UNC-TV and Vermont PBS. Promotional partners for the PBS Online Film Festival include Independent Lens and World Channel.


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
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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
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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
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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

Arts In Context Shorts: Experimental Response Cinema

This week’s Art In Context Shorts focuses on a group exploring the limits of film. Experimental Response Cinema showcases those films that explore the untapped possibilities of cinema. By unearthing experimental films hidden in archives and publicizing new experimental works, the local organization offers viewers the chance to marvel together as images merge, pop, and glide across the silver screen. Highlighting the works of filmmakers like Roger Beebe, whose films combine multiple projectors and innovative cinematography, Experimental Response Cinema is an invaluable contributor and cultivator of Austin’s robust film scene. Creating installations that are half film and half art to audiences eager to experience a unique and imaginative side of cinema.

Community Cinema: Limited Partnership 5/5

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Limited Partnership on Tuesday, May 5th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr. Austin, TX 78723). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm

May 5: Limited Partnership
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

March is Women’s History Month!

We’re celebrating Women’s History Month with programs that feature great women who have made their mark on the world. Join us throughout March to learn more about these leading ladies and how they shaped history.

Below is a list of programs airing on KLRU, but we also have a wealth of documentaries online. You can find out more from PBS. We highly recommend watching all 9 episodes of Makers: Women Who Make America online

American Masters Margaret Mitchell – Monday, March 16 at 9 pm
No ordinary writer and no ordinary woman — “Gone with the Wind” created two of the world’s greatest lovers, Scarlett and Rhett, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and has sold more than 30 million copies. Born into Atlanta’s upper crust in 1900, Margaret Mitchell challenged stifling social restrictions at every turn. A charismatic force to be reckoned with, she had a great sense of humor, was one of Georgia’s first newspaper women and was extremely generous with the money she made from “Gone with the Wind.” She struggled with the changing role of women and the liberation of African Americans but also suffered from lifelong bouts of depression, until a tragic accident lead to her death in 1949. This film examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work.

Independent Lens Wonder Women! –Monday, March 16 at 10 pm
This program traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, this film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

We Served Too — Tuesday, March 17, at 10 pm
This is a story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes … the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

American Masters Judy Garland: By Myself — Friday, March 20 at 8 pm
Judy Garland had one of the most photographed faces ever to come out of Hollywood – it is stamped as a virtual imprint on our imaginations,a celluloid image frozen in time. She also had one of the most frequently recorded voices of the last century. She was magic, almost mythical. She is as iconic as she is misunderstood. There were her problems, to be sure, but the proof is in the performances, from The Wizard of Oz to the Palladium, from the Oscars to the Grammies. With singular entree to the MGM library, including vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, the film is wrapped in Judy’s voice, actually telling her story in her own words. So many outsiders have tried to tell this story and so many friends and family have weighed in – now Judy gets center stage, all to herself. This is her ultimate comeback.

American Masters Harper Lee:  Hey Boo — Monday, March 23 at 10 pm
Reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been a national pastime for five decades — it is still selling nearly a million copies a year, its classic popularity and power are a common reference. And the courtroom image of Gregory Peck, as the passionate Atticus Finch, gave us an enduring picture for the novel’s message. Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said she wanted to be Alabama’s Jane Austen. This program explores her life and unravels its mysteries, particularly why she never published again. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel’s Deep South and the social changes it inspired. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Young reflect on how “Mockingbird” shaped their lives.

Q Night at the Movies February 21

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors  at 6:30 pm
The actors responsible for the most exciting performances of the year talk about their work and more. Featuring Reese Witherspoon “Wild” and Michael Keaton “Birdman”, Keira Knightley “The Imitation Game” and Ethan Hawke “Boyhood”, David Oyelowo “Selma” and Jack O’Connell “Unbroken”, Jenny Slate “Obvious Child” and Felicity Jones “The Theory of Everything”.

On Story at 7 pm
Screenwriters Abby Kohn, Geoff LaTulippe, Dana Stevens, Marc Silverstein and Marcie Mayhorn-Moderator behind “Never Been Kissed,” “Safe Haven,” “Going the Distance” and “He’s Just Not That Into You” contemplate the important balance of relationship, conflict and originality when creating romantic comedies.

Feature film Four Weddings and a Funeral at 8 pm
A reserved Englishman meets attractive American Carrie at a wedding and falls in love with her, but his inability to express his feelings seems to forestall any possibility of relationship – until they meet again and again.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles at 10 pm
On this first of a two part special with House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon, Harry explores the cinematic world of politics.

Film School Shorts at 10:30 pm
Fireworks (Columbia) – Against a Fourth of July backdrop in Los Angeles, two boys with firecrackers go on a quest to impress a group of girls. Directed by Victor Hugo Duran
Pearl Was Here (Cal Arts) – A scraggly girl slips away from her mother to hide among stuffed animals in the safe and sealed environment of a claw machine. Written and directed by Kate Marks
Spark (Univ. of Texas) –  Ricky is left outside while his dad visits a lady friend. Suddenly, he’s confronted by her daughter, Callie. Written and directed by Annie Silverstein.

Q Night At The Movies 2/14

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week on Q Night At The Movies, Variety Studio: Actors on Actors visits with stars Mark Ruffalo, Jessica Chastain and more, On Story discusses comedy with Larry Wilmore from The Daily Show, and Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles takes on the politics of the Academy Awards. Plus, don’t miss feature film Brodcast News, and two short films from NYU.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors at 6:30 pm
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Mark Ruffalo “Foxcatcher” and Jessica Chastain “Interstellar”, Eddie Redmayne “The Theory of Everything” and Laura Dern “Wild”, Josh Brolin “Inherent Vice” and J.K. Simmons “Whiplash”, Kevin Costner “Black and White” and James Corden “Into the Woods”.

On Story at 7:30 pm
Larry Wilmore, the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and creator of The Bernie Mac Show reflects upon different forms of comedy, his own comic influences, and always looking to maximize comedic potential. Followed by two short films about courage and endurance: Chris Bourke and Kevin Harger’s LOVE, EMILY, and Andrea Gomez’s 036.

Feature film Broadcast News at 8 pm
A reporter (Albert Brooks), a producer (Holly Hunter) and an anchorman (William Hurt) form a triangle in a TV-network news bureau.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles at 10 pm
Author Ernest Cline, Ready Player One/Armada, joins Harry to discuss problems with the Academy Awards’ system as well as the joy of loving the Oscars. Harry further explores the politics of the Academy Awards and offers a retrospective of over 80 years of cinema, including the process of judging and awarding the “best” in the business.

Film School Shorts at 10:30 pm
The Hunter and the Swan Discuss their Meeting (NYU): A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman whose captured robe led to their courtship. The evening goes one direction – downhill. Written and directed by Emily Carmichael.
God of Love (NYU):2011 Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short, God of Love follows Raymond, an artist who combines singing with his champion dart-throwing ability to harness the power of love. Written and directed by Luke Matheny.

Q Night at the Movies 2/7

Q Night at the Movies adds two new shows to the lineup this week! Go inside the biggest Hollywood films of the past year through candid conversations with today’s hottest actors on Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.  Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles is a spinoff of host Knowles’ hugely popular website,, an inventive and visual romp-through of some of the favorite films and genres.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors at 6:30 pm
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch “The Imitation Game” and Edward Norton “Birdman”, Jake Gyllenhaal “Nightcrawler” and Patricia Arquette “Boyhood”, Hilary Swank “The Homesman” and Tilda Swinton “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Oscar Isaac “A Most Violent Year” and Gugu Mbatha-Raw “Belle”.

On Story at 7 pm
Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story.

Feature Film Casablanca at 8 pm
Cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) helps an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) escape from Nazis in Morocco.

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles at 9:45 pm
Revered Writer/Director Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire/127 Hours/Trainspotting and Harry discuss auteurs. The theory that some filmmakers have so much personal influence and artistic control over a movie that they become regarded as the author of the movie is also explored as Harry chats with “Boiler” about the late William Wyler’s films.

Film School Shorts at 10:15 pm
The Fighting Kind (Chapman Univ.) and Northeast Front (Univ. of Texas) : Davin, estranged from his family for years, returns home in desperate need of financial help. He learns that his sister may be the sibling who’s truly in need. Written, directed by Nils Taylor. Based on a true story, Esperanza’s love for her children knows no bounds, but her limits are pushed when she is forced to save her son from Mexico’s dangerous cartels. Written and directed by Angela Camarena Torres.

Q Night at the Movies 1/31

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night at the Movies for Jan. 31st features documentaries on Charlton Heston and Harry Dean Stanton.

Charlton Heston: A Man For All Seasons at 6:10 p.m.
He has played king and slave, hero and villain, and is renowned throughout the movie-going world for the heroic figures he played during his early years in Hollywood: Moses, Ben-Hur, El Cid and Michaelangelo. In a wide range of roles, from classical to futuristic, he has shown himself a consummate actor. But Charlton Heston has always been more than a star. Although he is a private man, he has often appeared to be a very public one, willing to speak up on issues he believes in–however controversial they may be. Here, in his own words, is Heston’s life as well as highlights of a career that resulted in more than 60 motion pictures. This episode includes scenes from The Greatest Show on Earth, The Ten Commandments, The Big Country, Ben-Hur, Will Penny, Soylent Green, and Planet of the Apes.

Harry Dean Stanton – Crossing Mulholland at 7:05 p.m.
A favorite of directors, critics, colleagues, and audiences, actor Harry Dean Stanton has carved his name into the cultural consciousness of cinematic arts with dozens of roles in films ranging from Cool Hand Luke and Alien to Paris, Texas and The Green Mile. The new documentary “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland” offers an insightful look at this versatile and talented actor through film clips and interviews with such Hollywood figures as actors Billy Bob Thornton and Richard Dreyfuss; musicians Kris Kristofferson and Michelle Phillips; critic Leonard Maltin; and directors John Carpenter and Wim Wenders. The documentary traces Stanton’s story from his birth in a small Kentucky town to his rise as a noted character actor. The program also takes time to look at Stanton’s other passion – music-and features intimate, living room jam sessions with friends Michelle Phillips and Jamie James.

Q Night at the Movies 1/17

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week Q Night at the Movies features back-to-back On Story presented by the Austin Film Festival followed by Mutiny on the Bounty!

On Story Deconstructing Dog Day Afternoon at 7 pm
Frank Pierson’s Academy Award® winning Dog Day Afternoon elevates the classic crime genre through its exploration of textured characters and rationale. Screenwriters Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Peter Craig (The Town) examine the story’s masterful reveal of information and its surprising, but inevitable and honest conclusion.

On Story Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film at 7:30 pm
Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the modern day Neo Noir – a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s – and dissect the basic styles, impulses, themes, and tones that embrace this form of storytelling.

Feature film: Mutiny on the Bounty at 8 pm
First mate Mr. Christian (Clark Gable) and his 18th-century shipmates overthrow cruel Capt. Bligh (Charles Laughton) and set him adrift in the Pacific.