Community Cinema 2013-14 Begins with The Graduates

KLRU featured event

Independent Television Service and KLRU announce this year’s Community Cinema films. For the 2013-14 season screenings will be held in Austin at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). All screenings will start at 7 pm, are free and open to the public.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues. This year’s Community Cinema will feature both public screenings and online screenings. Online screenings are still TBD.

October 1
Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States in this eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing both the students and their families. The Girls Hour of this two-hour series is part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.

December 3
The divisive battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this tense documentary that tracks multiple perspectives – activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others – as America eyes the results.

February 4
In the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

March 4
The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the famed boxer’s toughest bout of all: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The film explores Ali’s exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.

April 1
Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town’s down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players’ stories on and off the court – as the team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s fight for survival.

May 6
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue. Part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.

Special thanks to
Austin American-Statesman

Q Night at the Movies 7/6

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Just Scene It at 7 pm
Review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story Writing the Fantastical at 7:30 pm
David Magee discusses adapting FINDING NEVERLAND and LIFE OF PI, and how he approached translating such imaginative worlds for the screen. Followed by THE RETURN, Jeremy Mackie’s short film about a college graduate who’s literally scared off the scene of his first job.

Get Shorty at 8 pm
A film-loving loan shark teams with a B-movie producer to become a Hollywood mogul. Cast: John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito.

Catalina: Hollywood’s Magical Island at 9:35 pm
Through the eye of film director, Greg Reitman, we get a first hand glimpse of The Magic Isle off the coast of California, Santa Catalina Island. While exploring historical, social, and environmental changes, the film captures the mystical splendors, natural beauty and romance of Catalina. Using a mix of rare 16mm, archival film and old black and white stills, inter-cut with interviews of islanders, historians and celebrities; the viewer is taken on a journey during America’s golden era.

Q Night at the Movies 6/29

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Just Scene It at 7 pm
Review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story Conversation with Brian Helgeland at 7:30 pm
Brian Helgeland, the creative force behind 42, LA CONFIDENTIAL, MYSTIC RIVER, and A KNIGHT’S TALE, shares his experience as a screenwriter, director and producer, along with the ups, downs and left turns of the filmmaking industry.

Shakespeare Uncovered Hamlet with David Tennant at 8 pm
An acclaimed Hamlet himself in the RSC’s recent hit production (and another recent GREAT PERFORMANCES production), David Tennant meets with fellow Hamlets, including superstar Jude Law, comparing notes on the titanic challenge of playing the most iconic of all roles. He also tries, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, to master the meaning of the play and the reason why it is considered the greatest of Shakespeare’s works

Shakespeare Uncovered The Comedies with Joely Richardson at 9 pm
Joely Richardson investigates (with her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of these two brilliant cross-dressing comedies and the great comic and romantic heroines created by Shakespeare in two perennially popular plays.

Much Ado About Nothing at 10 pm
Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson) to wed as well. Cast: Denzel Washington, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson.


Q Night at the Movies 6/22

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Just Scene It at 7 pm
Our most eclectic mix of movies yet this summer! We review THE PURGE, where all crimes, even murder, are legal for one twelve hour period each year. We then turn our eye to the remarkable documentary, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM. Next, find out what happens when a bunch of movies stars are faced with The Apocalypse in THIS IS THE END. And finally, after twelve years away, we join back up with “Mike” and “Sulley” in MONSTERS UNIVERSITY.

On Story Romantic Comedies at 7:30 pm
The screenwriters (Abby Kohn, Geoff LaTulippe, Dana Stevens, Marc Silverstein, 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. Followed by the short film, DO OVER by David Fabelo, illustrating several failed judicious attempts of mastering a first date.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? at 8 pm
A Hollywood child-star has-been (Bette Davis) torments her famous sister (Joan Crawford), now in a wheelchair. Cast: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono.

Joan Crawford: Always A Star at 10:15 pm
his glamorous and hugely popular actress raised herself from brutal poverty to Academy Award-winning stardom through guts, determination and hard work. During her 50-year career, she made more than 80 films. But her obsessive perfectionism led to a later caricature of coat-hanger-wielding harridan that even the adoration of her fans could not counter.

Q Night at the Movies 6/15

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

7 pm Just Seen It - We review the new Sci-Fi thriller, AFTER EARTH, starring Will and Jaden Smith. We check in with The Bluths and their re-boot of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. With all the Sci-Fi movies coming out this summer, we offer you our Sci-Fi Favorites, and welcome back Clark Kent in MAN OF STEEL – plus give you our DVD pick of the week!

7:30 pm On Story: Presented by the Austin Film Festival - The voices behind THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, BRIDESMAIDS, and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED deliberate how the most impressionable characters – both good and evil – are compelling because of their flaws, complexities, and personal truths. Accompanied by the short film, MENTIROSO by writer/director Will Shipley about trailing a young boy whose incessant lies are almost as far-fetched as an astonishing encounter with the most beautiful girl in town.

8 pm Dead Ringer - Edith (Bette Davis) kills Margaret, her twin, and takes her identity, fooling Edith’s boyfriend (Karl Malden) but not Margaret’s lover. Cast: Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford.

10 pm  Drive-in Movie Memories - A film celebration of drive in movie theaters, one of America’s greatest symbols of youth, freedom and the automobile. What started as the business venture an auto parts dealer to make some easy money accidentally became a magical place where romance, fun and a sense of community flourished.

Tomlinson Hill takes a personal look at race in Central Texas

Tomlinson Hill

KLRU presents a new documentary on a seldom-told part of Texas history. Airing on June 19th at 9 pm and June 24 at 10 pm, Tomlinson Hill documents how the legacy of slavery in East and Central Texas has created a region still divided despite the civil rights changes of the last 60 years. Tomlinson Hill is one of several programs KLRU is presenting in honor of Juneteenth.

In the mid-1800s just outside of Marlin, Texas, a slave plantation named Tomlinson Hill was founded by James K. Tomlinson. The establishment would have long lasting effects on the rural community. In this powerful documentary, reporter Chris Tomlinson, a descendant of slave owner James K. Tomlinson, confronts the shame and guilt he feels from his ancestry and digs deeper into the real legacy of the area. Featuring NFL player LaDainian Tomlinson and others whose families have a long history in the area, Tomlinson Hill takes a fascinating look at people trying to move on while others idly resist change.

The seeds for the documentary began when Chris Tomlinson met Loreane Tomlinson, a descendant of slaves on Tomlinson Hill, who returned to her hometown with a vision of civic improvement. “After meeting Loreane, I knew I wanted the film to tell the story of my family history as well as her family history,” said Chris Tomlinson.  ”Together, it’s the story of America, as far as I’m concerned.”

The film was produced by Lisa Kaselak of Fosforo Films. Funding is provided in part through a grant from Humanities Texas: the state affiliate of the NEH, Southern Methodist University Research Council, Meadows Foundation and Dallas Women in Film. The film is part of the Voices of Marlin Living Stories of a Texas Town project find out more at


KLRU Q Saturday at the Movies – 6/1

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

7:00 – Just Seen It Episode #207
Just Seen It is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

7:30 – On Story James Franco: A Look Inside 127 Hours
James Franco reveals his unique experience working on 127 Hours, including his faith in director Danny Boyle’s vision, and the collaboration approach from cast and crew to fulfill the tension needed to capture this true and tantalizing story. Followed by the allegorical short film, Voice Over, directed by Martin Rosete, about a few extreme situations that literally take your breath away.

8:00 – I Want To Live!
Convicted of murder, drug-addicted shill and prostitute Barbara Graham (Susan Hayward) lands on death row.

10:05 -Mae West … And The Men Who Knew Her
As the first “blonde bombshell,” Mae West reigned supreme and changed the nation’s view of women, sex and race – on stage, in films, on radio and television.

11:05 - Marilyn Monroe … Beyond The Legend
This Wombat production is narrated by Richard Widmark and features Marilyn Monroe’s great moments on film.

Film School Shorts

Film School Shorts showcases short student films from across the country featuring quirky comedies, slice-of-life dramas and hard-hitting thrillers from cutting edge filmmakers. KLRU will present two episodes  of the series featuring films from The University of Texas at Austin on April 30th and May 7th. The series will air on KLRU Q later this year.

Spark airing April 30th:  Two kids try to kill time while the adults have an affair. A short film by Annie Silverstein. Northeast Front airing May 7th:  A single mother must come up with $5,000 before the end of the day to save her family. A short film by Angela Torres Camarena. Both Spark and Northeast Front will be available for a limited time on the Film School Shorts YouTube and PBS Video channels in their uncut, original versions:

Spark is currently available until Sunday, April 28 at 11 pm.

Northeast Front will be available starting Monday the 29th until May 5th.
(Be advised that Northeast Front features profanity in Spanish and English subtitles.)

Complete details for the Film School Shorts episodes airing on KLRU.

4/30 – Fire And Fury
Fireworks (Columbia University) – A group of young teens try to impress some girls. A short film by Victor Hugo Duran.

Pearl Was Here (California Institute of the Arts) – A bratty young girl hides from her mother in a claw machine. A short film by Kate Marks.

Spark (The University of Texas at Austin) – Two kids try to kill time while the adults have an affair. A short film by Annie Silverstein.

5/7 – Blood Is Thicker Than Mud
The Fighting Kind (Chapman University) – A man with a dark past returns home to make his sister an unwelcome offer. A short film by Nils Taylor.

Northeast Front (The University of Texas at Austin) – A single mother must come up with $5,000 before the end of the day to save her family. A short film by Angela Torres Camarena.


New Season of On Story

Celebrate the new season of On Story with KLRU and the Austin Film Festival, airing Saturdays at 7:30 pm starting April 20th.

Austin Film Festival’s On Story is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director.

New episodes include:
4/20 – A Conversation With Chris Carter, Creator Of The X-Files

Legendary television writer Chris Carter reveals the secret behind the creation and success of The X-Files and how he stirred audiences using the power of mythology. Lost and Prometheus writer, Damon Lindelof, speaks with Carter on how his use of the paranormal and search for the truth have become staples of popular culture. Followed by Todd Somodevilla and Marysia Makowska’s surreal short film, Sea Pavilion, about a picnic outing by an abandoned seaside dwelling, that ends up encompassing more than just sand dunes and forgotten memories.

4/27 – Explosive Action!
The writers behind Wanted, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air, and Snitch discuss how they use action scenes to further the plot, convey tension, and build toward a satisfying climax. Followed by Lucas Martell’s animated short film, Pigeon: Impossible, about a trained CIA agent faced with an unexpected sudden threat to national security.

5/4 – Re-imagining the Classics
The writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as Ghost, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Twins and Snow White And The Huntsman deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey’s short film Jack & Jill, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme that follows a young Australian girl who finds an inventive way to contact her father, a soldier stationed in New Guinea during WWII.


Energy at the Movies – 4/18

Discover the ways films influence how we think about energy, and in turn, how we influence energy policy with Energy At The Movies on April 18th at 9 pm. From the gushing geysers of Giant, to the plutonium-powered time machines of Back to the Future, Hollywood has entertained us with unforgettable, often iconic images of energy. Whether intentional or not, films frequently serve as a snapshot of society, capturing sentiments of each time period. Many films have themes that memorialize collective optimism, fears and observations about energy. Using film clips as a historical road map, Energy at the Movies is an entertaining lecture by energy expert and University of Texas at Austin professor Dr. Michael E. Webber.