Something Ventured airs 1/7

Apple. Intel. Genentech. Cisco. ATARI.

Something Ventured airing Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 pm, explores the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. The story is told by the venture capitalists who dared to make it happen, and includes interviews with a number of the country’s finest entrepreneurs, who share how they worked with these risk takers to grow some of the world’s most successful companies. Beginning in the late 1950s, visionary high rollers fostered a one-of-a-kind business culture that encouraged extraordinary risk and made possible unprecedented rewards. They laid the groundwork for America’s start-up economy, providing not just the capital but the guidance to allow seedling companies to reach their full potential. Our lives would be dramatically different without the contributions they made to the creation of computers, the Internet and life-saving drugs.

Replete with colorful characters, humorous one-liners and sage business advice, Something Ventured gives viewers an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the origins of Silicon Valley. Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, and executive-produced by Paul Holland and Molly Davis, Something Ventured has screened at numerous film festivals including South by Southwest, San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival and New Zealand International Film Festival. It also won “Best Documentary” at the Santa Catalina Film Festival.

Community Screening: Arts In Context 8/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. The next screening will be Arts In Context: Producing Light on August 7th. These events are free and open to the public. The filmmaker will be in attendance at this screening.

Arts In Context spends a month with Ballet Austin, as Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company produce a re-staging of the acclaimed Light/ Holocaust and Humanity Project. With unprecedented access to the dancers and staff on and off the stage, Producer/ Director Karen Bernstein and Cinematographer Deborah Lewis provide a unique look into production for Mills’ harrowing work on survival amidst a climate of indifference and hate.

Women and Girls Lead celebrates Title IX

On June 23, 1972, Title IX became law in the United States, prohibiting discrimination based on gender in educational programs and activities. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this historic legislation, Women and Girls Lead looks at an area where Title IX had its greatest impact: sports.

Extending through the Olympic games, Women and Girls Lead will spotlight films about female athletes who defy stereotypes on and off the field. This includes the Women and Girls Lead: Austin story on University of Texas at Austin track coach Beverly Kearney.

Watch all the films on the Women and Girls Lead Title IX page

In addition to short films, the site includes four feature-length films from public television: Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority by Kimberlee Bassford, Girl Wrestler by Austin’s Diane Zander Mason, Strong! by Julie Wyman, and Shadya by Danny Hakim, Udi Kalinsky, and Roy Westler.

Preview Screening: Downton Abbey 1/5

Join KLRU and other Downton Abbey fans as we preview the first hour of the second season of this beloved Masterpiece Classic series.

The screening will be January 5th in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 6:30 and the screening will start promptly at 7. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Downton Abbey season two starts airing on January 8th on PBS, but we’re giving our fans a chance to see the first hour before anyone else. We’ll have Downton Abbey items to give away and light refreshments will be served. RSVP now

Q Night at the Movies for December

KLRU Q Night at the Movies spotlights a classic film each Saturday night at 8 p.m. This month our feature films will be:

December 3: The Train
A railroad boss (Burt Lancaster) helps the Resistance stop a Nazi colonel (Paul Scofield) from smuggling French art. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau.

December 17 (at 7:30 PM): The Nun’s Story
The daughter of a Belgian surgeon (Audrey Hepburn) enters a convent in hopes of serving God as a nursing nun in the Congo. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans.

December 24: Annie Get Your Gun
Sharpshooter Annie Oakley (Betty Hutton) joins Buffalo Bill’s (Louis Calhern) Wild West Show and aims to win her man (Howard Keel). Cast: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern.

Women, War & Peace: War Redefined 11/8

Watch Women, War & Peace Trailer on PBS. See more from Women War and Peace.

Women, War & Peace, a new five-hour series airing at 9pm Tuesdays through October and November, is a comprehensive global media initiative on women’s strategic role in global conflict.  Women, War & Peace challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain and places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security. Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, the series reveals that the majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nations and their armies, but rather by gangs, insurgent groups, and warlords armed with small arms and improvised weapons.  Women have become primary targets in these conflicts and though they are suffering unprecedented casualties they are simultaneously emerging as critical partners in brokering peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.  With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan, and Colombia to Liberia.

November 8 – War Redefined

War Redefined, the capstone of Women, War & Peace, reframes our understanding of modern warfare through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, Secretaries of State, and seasoned survivors of war and peace-making. Their insights reveal how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, so that in many conflicts today it is more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier. Simultaneously, they describe how women are changing the rules of engagement in conflict hotspots all over the world. War Redefined includes probing conversations with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her female predecessors, Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright; Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee; Bosnian war crimes investigator Fadila Memisevic; Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International; globalization expert Moises Naim; and Cynthia Enloe of Clark University, among others. Narrated by Geena Davis. Produced and Written by Peter Bull. Co-produced by Nina Chaudry.

Q Night at the Movies for November

KLRU Q Night at the Movies spotlights a classic film each Saturday night at 8 p.m. This month our feature films will be:

November 5th: Dress to Kill
A psychiatrist (Michael Caine), a prostitute (Nancy Allen) and the son of a slain woman (Angie Dickinson) try to track down the dead woman’s killer. Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen.

November 12th: Kiss Me Deadly
Mickey Spillane’s private eye Mike Hammer is pulled by a doomed female hitchhiker into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue. Cast: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart.

November 19th: Four Weddings and a Funeral
The intermittent romance between a charming Englishman (Hugh Grant) and a beautiful American woman (Andie MacDowell) who always seem to run into each other at weddings. Cast: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas.

November 26th: Moonstruck
An Italian-American widow (Cher) engaged to a reticent suitor (Danny Aiello) falls in love with his brother (Nicolas Cage). Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello.

Women, War & Peace: The War We Are Living 11/1

Women, War & Peace, a new five-hour series airing at 9pm Tuesdays through October and November, is a comprehensive global media initiative on women’s strategic role in global conflict.  A co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films, Women, War & Peace challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain and places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security. Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, the series reveals that the majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nations and their armies, but rather by gangs, insurgent groups, and warlords armed with small arms and improvised weapons.  Women have become primary targets in these conflicts and though they are suffering unprecedented casualties they are simultaneously emerging as critical partners in brokering peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.  With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan, and Colombia to Liberia.

November 1 – The War We Are Living

If you ask Colombia’s city-dwellers and governing political class, they’ll tell you the country’s forty-year-old civil war is over. But The War We Are Living reveals the “other” Colombia, in rural areas far away from the capitol, where the war is all too real – and now the battle is over gold. In Cauca, a mountainous region in Colombia’s Pacific southwest, two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women are fighting to hold onto the gold-rich land that has sustained their community through small-scale mining for centuries. Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez are part of a powerful network of female leaders, who found that in wartime women can organize more freely than men. As they defy paramilitary death threats and insist on staying on their land, Carabali and Marquez are standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy of war. If they lose the battle, they and thousands of their neighbors will join Colombia’s four million people – most of them women and children – who have been uprooted from their homes and livelihoods. Narrated by Alfre Woodard. Written by Pamela Hogan and Oriana Zill de Granados. Produced by Oriana Zill de Granados.

Women, War & Peace: Peace Unveiled 10/25

Women, War & Peace, a new five-hour series airing at 9pm Tuesdays through October and November, is a comprehensive global media initiative on women’s strategic role in global conflict.  A co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films, Women, War & Peace challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain and places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security. Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, the series reveals that the majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nations and their armies, but rather by gangs, insurgent groups, and warlords armed with small arms and improvised weapons.  Women have become primary targets in these conflicts and though they are suffering unprecedented casualties they are simultaneously emerging as critical partners in brokering peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.  With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan, and Colombia to Liberia.

October 25 – Peace Unveiled

When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table. One is a savvy parliamentarian who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last women’s rights advocates alive in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul. Convinced that the Taliban will have demands that jeopardize women’s hard-earned gains, they maneuver against formidable odds to have their voices heard in a peace jirga and high peace council. We go behind Kabul’s closed doors as the women’s case is made to U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, General David Petraeus and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who promises the women that “peace and justice can’t come at the cost of women and women’s lives.” But will this promise be kept?  Narrated by Tilda Swinton. Directed by Gini Reticker. Written by Abigail E. Disney. Produced by Claudia Rizzi.

Introducing the Independent Lens Documentary Club on Twitter

From our friends at Independent Lens:

This week we’re debuting our brand new Independent Lens Documentary Club! Let’s get together to discuss this week’s film, Wham Bam Islam!, other documentary films, and whatever else you feel like talking about with us.

Here’s how it works: Wham Bam Islam! is premiering Thursday at 9 PM. While you watch, or after you’ve watched, fire up Twitter and start tweeting about the film using the hashtag #ILDocClub. (It helps to be following us, too: @IndependentLens).

More information at their blog: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/introducing-the-independent-lens-documentary-club-on-twitter