Arts In Context Shorts: Combating Latent Inequality Together Fest

Arts In Context Shorts focuses on community collaboration in this week’s story. In it’s tenth year as a grassroots, national festival, Combating Latent Inequality Together (C.L.I.T.) Fest comes to life in Austin for the first time. The DIY, punk and feminist communities come together bringing awareness to sexism, trans-phobia, gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination through workshops, bands and artist collaboration. Benefiting SAFEPLACE, a resource that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence, C.L.I.T. Fest reminds others that punk music is a vehicle for activism.

Intergalactic Nemesis: Episode 1

KLRU brings the popular live-action graphic novel Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth to the web. This week we kick off the series, with ….

Episode 1: PROLOGUE
The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid research assistant Timmy Mendez are caught up in a terrible blizzard while looking to meet up with their contact for a story they’ve uncovered about an international pelt smuggling ring.

Intergalactic Nemesis goes digital

Intergalactic Nemesis creator Jason Neulander announced that Intergalactic Nemesis and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, are working together to bring the project to a larger audience by launching a new web series that anyone, anywhere can watch. The web series launches July 7th, and will be serialized with new episodes each Monday for 17 weeks.

“Up to this point, the only way to experience The Intergalactic Nemesis has been live,” says Neulander. “Now, we’re making the project available to everyone with a computer. I think it’s going to be a game-changer, in terms of public awareness, in terms of sustaining the business, and in terms of keeping the live-action graphic novels touring for many years to come.”

The series, which brings the comic book style to life, was funded through a successful crowdfunding campaign with funds raised by KLRU matched by PBS Digital Studios, PBS’ initiative to create high-quality original video content for online platforms.

“We are so excited to partner with The Intergalactic Nemesis on our newest digital series. This project is unique for both its production techniques and the way it’s presented as a weekly serial,” said Sara Robertson, VP Production and Technology at KLRU.

The first season of the web series version of The Intergalactic Nemesis will be available at no cost on klru.org, the PBS APP on AppleTV, Xbox and Roku, youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios or at youtube.com/intergalacticnemesis.

Neulander will present the final installment of the series Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity, September 5 and 6 at the Long Center. The Intergalactic Nemesis team is currently reprising the first two installments, Target Earth and Robot Planet Rising at the Long Center through July 6.

PBS Online Film Festival features Two Austin Films

Today, PBS announced the 25 short films that will be part of the third annual PBS Online Film Festival beginning June 16 – July 31. Austin filmmakers Joshua Riehl and Nidhi Reddy are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films Digging for Water and The Yellow Wallpaper.

The films will be available for streaming across all PBS digital platforms, including PBS.org, Roku, Xbox, 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.

Digging for Water
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Joshua Riehl is filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, with a strong background in investigative journalism. Originally from just near Detroit, Michigan, he moved to Austin in 2009 to attend the University of Texas at Austin. He was a producer for PBS Frontline’s 2010 season premiere “Death by Fire” about the questionable execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. With an interest in criminal justice stories, he was Associate Producer for the 2013 SXSW Film Festival’s Audience Award winning documentary “An Unreal Dream” about the highly publicized case of Michael Morton’s wrongful conviction.

Digging for Water came out of three separate trips to Haiti over the course of 18 months and a longtime desire to visit the underdeveloped nation. Falling in love with the country and the people, Riehl intends to continue working in Haiti and  hopes to tell the story of dictator “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s tortuous rule in the future.

The Yellow Wallpaper
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Nidhi Reddy is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in both Mathematics and Radio-TV-Film.  Her short animation, The Yellow Wallpaper, was an official selection of the 2013 London Feminist Film Festival, 2013 Portobello Film Festival in London, 2014 Austin Film Society ShortCase, the 2013 Longhorn Showcase, and has won grand prizes in two student film festivals.

The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful stories from filmmakers across the country while providing an opportunity to reach an engaged and digitally savvy audience. Attracting more than 1 million video streams and over 50,000 votes in its first two years, the PBS Online Film Festival has become a popular annual online event.

The PBS Online Film Festival showcases diverse films from Independent Lens, POV and collaborations with public television producers including, Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NPBC) and Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Wisconsin Media Lab and Vision Maker Media. This year, several locally-produced short films will be featured from PBS member stations including KQED (San Francisco), KLRU (Austin, TX), Alaska Public Media, Vermont PBS, Arkansas Educational Television (AETN), CET/ThinkTV(Cincinnati/Dayton), WCVE (Richmond, Virginia) and Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

“PBS and member stations are committed to experimenting with new platforms to reach diverse audiences with high-quality and engaging content,” said Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital. “PBS is the home for independent film, both online and on-air, and we’re proud that the Online Film Festival has become an annual celebration of unique films representing a diverse array of voices and viewpoints.”

 

Ann Richards School Student Productions 2014

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was founded in 2007 and serves grades 6-12. It is a unique public all-girls school in Austin, Texas dedicated to educating young women to become leaders and to provide them with the skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. Ann Richards is a college preparatory school that focuses on challenging its students through rigorous pre-AP and AP courses.

When students at Ann Richards reach ninth grade, they choose one of three pathways to learn about in their four years of high school: Media Technology, Engineering, or Biomedical. Students in the Media Technology pathway create many short films and animations, among other things, over the course of their high school years. KLRU has partnered with juniors from the Media Technology pathway to share a selection of these shorts.

The animations were completed by the sophomores over the course of a semester and the short films were completed by the juniors and seniors. Before beginning these projects, students had to develop new skills and learn software programs such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Papagayo, Final Cut Pro, and AVID. The students had to write, develop, and produce their pieces on their own. The sophomores worked on hand drawing and painting their characters in photoshop before working on After Effects to animate their stories. The juniors and seniors worked on their own to write, edit, and produce their films. These girls dedicated time before and after school as well as on the weekends to complete their animations and films.

These short films and animations are available now