KLRU films chosen for City’s Faces of Austin project

The City of Austin has chosen two KLRU short films— Arts In Context Shorts Pour Your Heart Out and Austin Revealed Civil Rights Stories — to be featured in the annual Faces of Austin short film project.

The City of Austin will premiere its Faces of Austin short film selections for 2014 as part of the SXSW Film Community Screenings on Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd. The 2014 Faces of Austin premiere is free, open to the public, and does not require a SXSW film badge or pass.

The 12 films chosen this year were all made by local filmmakers and highlight the people, institutions, and cultures that make up Austin. Several films feature local non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill of Central Texas and the Austin Bike Zoo. Other films focus on unique individuals within the community, including a Hurricane Katrina survivor who now calls Austin home and pioneers of the local civil rights movement.

The entire list of 2014 films can be viewed at www.austintexas.gov/facesofaustin.

Faces of Austin is intended to showcase the work of Austin filmmakers that reflects the diverse faces, voices, and experiences that make up Austin’s unique identity. Individual films from the 2014 collection will be viewable on ATXN, online, and at special screenings.

Faces of Austin is a program of the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department and ATXN, the City’s government access channel. The program debuted in 2005; this year marks the seventh year of showcasing Austin-made short films. The 2014 program was supported by SXSW Film and the Austin Film Society.

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin. For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.

Austin Revealed: Joan Khabele on Segregation at Barton Springs

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Denied a class trip to Barton Springs, Joan Khabele protested the exclusion of African Americans. She describes the measures she and others took to desegregate the iconic Austin landmark.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Bertha Means & the Ice Palace

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Bertha Means and her daughter Joan Khabele tell the story of how being turned away from a skating rink in Austin propelled them to action.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Wilhelmina Delco on Politics & Desegregation

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Wilhelmina Delco, the first African American elected to public office in Austin, Texas, recounts why it was important for her to run for the school board.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Segregation/Desegregation Stories

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

When Austin schools were desegregated in 1971, the traditional African-American schools were closed. It devastated the community and the impact lingers today.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Gary Bledsoe on Police Violence

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Gary Bledsoe recounts stories of police violence against African Americans and why he think the issue still exists today.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Hoover Alexander & Entrepreneurship

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Hoover Alexander has a long history in the restaurant business. He talks about the historical necessity for African Americans to start their own businesses and why an unintended consequence of integration is less entrepreneurs.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Linda Conner on Gentrification

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Linda Conner has witnessed decades of change in east Austin. Now, gentrification is creating a rift in this once predominantly African-American community.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: A Tale of Two Cities

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

African Americans in Austin have historically formed communities east of I-35, originally by law. Today gentrification threatens to dissolve the close-knit relationships and communities built over time.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Larry Jackson on Activism

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

One of Larry Jackson’s first acts of protest was his draft to the Vietnam War. His early political involvement led to a life of change and activism in Austin.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed