Community Cinema: Makers Women in Comedy 10/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Makers Women in Comedy on Tuesday, October 7th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Makers is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years.

After the screening. we will have a discussion about comedy and improv with  Lashonda Lester and Topping Haggerty.

Lashonda Lester
Lashonda Lester has been working in entertainment in some capacity for over 20 years. As a stand up comedian, Lashonda began her comedy career in Austin in 2008 and within 2 years of starting, she was featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle. Lashonda recently made her national television debut for Nickelodeon’s NickMom Night Out comedy showcase hosted by The View’s Sherri Shepherd. . She was second runner up out of 200+ comedians in the 2014 Funniest In Person Austin competition and in August 2014, she was nominated by Austin Monthly Magazine’s Best of the City as Best Comedian. In addition to Weird True Hollywood Tales, she’s also the creator and executive producer of As Seen On TV, a top ten countdown show of television programs from the 80s and 90s.

Topping Haggerty
Topping Haggerty has performed and directed improv and sketch comedy for many years in Austin, New York City, and San Francisco. Recently you may have seen her puppet/human sketch comedy extravaganza BatShyt Crazy: Life Rude Puppets in August at The Institution Theater. She received her BA in Drama from San Francisco State University.

Ann Richards School Student Productions 2013

An alien named Uchi has the most unfortunate speech impediment. When he falls in love with a girl named Layla, he works to overcome his inability to tell her how he feels.

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. Before beginning these projects, students had to develop new skills and learn software programs such as Adobe After Effects and Papagayo. The sophomores had to create original story lines and characters that they would hand draw and paint in Photoshop before beginning to animate. They also dedicated time before and after school as well as on the weekends to complete their animations.

These short films and animations are available at http://video.klru.tv/program/ann-richards-school-student-productions/

Three baby chicks are playing in a field when an owl swoops down and takes one of them. The other two go to great lengths to save their fellow brother chick.

Katherine Craft – Women and Girls Lead

KLRU presents eight stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of the station’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. Today we spotlight Katherine Craft. Craft is the founder of Conspire Theater, a program that provides incarcerated women a healing and empowering experience through the arts.

You can watch KLRU’s other Women and Girls Lead videos at klru.org/wagl and be sure to watch stories about other women making a difference on Makers: Women Who Make America on Feb. 26th.

 

 

Julieta Garibay – Women and Girls Lead

KLRU presents eight stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of the station’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. Today we spotlight Julieta Garibay. Garibay co-founded the Undergraduate Leadership Initiative, an advocacy group comprised of fellow undocumented college students, supporters, and family.

You can watch KLRU’s other Women and Girls Lead videos at klru.org/wagl and be sure to watch stories about other women making a difference on Makers: Women Who Make America on Feb. 26th.

 

Peggy Kelsey – Women and Girls Lead

KLRU presents eight stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of the station’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. Today we spotlight Peggy Kelsey. Kelsey created The Afghan Women’s Project to share stories of Afghan women to help change stereotypes.

You can watch KLRU’s other Women and Girls Lead videos at klru.org/wagl and be sure to watch stories about other women making a difference on Makers: Women Who Make America on Feb. 26th.

Ndeye Boury Silla – Women and Girls Lead

KLRU presents eight stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of the station’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. Today we spotlight Ndeye Boury Silla. Silla is one of our community’s outstanding teenagers. The daughter of Senegalese immigrants, she raised more than $900 to purchase school supplies for children in her parent’s native country.

You can watch KLRU’s other Women and Girls Lead videos at klru.org/wagl and be sure to watch stories about other women making a difference on Makers: Women Who Make America on Feb. 26th.

Marissa Vogel – Women and Girls Lead

KLRU presents eight stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of the station’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. Today we spotlight Marissa Vogel. Vogel started the non-profit organization Little Helping Hands, which creates and manages volunteer opportunities for younger children and their parents.

You can watch KLRU’s other Women and Girls Lead videos at klru.org/wagl and be sure to watch stories about other women making a difference on Makers: Women Who Make America on Feb. 26th.

Esther Reyes – Women and Girls Lead

KLRU presents eight stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of the station’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. Today we spotlight Esther Reyes. Reyes is Executive Director of the Austin Immigrant Right’s Coalition and has helped lead a statewide effort to protect the human rights of Texas’ undocumented immigrants.

You can watch KLRU’s other Women and Girls Lead videos at klru.org/wagl and be sure to watch stories about other women making a difference on Makers: Women Who Make America on Feb. 26th.

Rina Hartline – Women and Girls Lead

KLRU presents eight stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of the station’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. Today we spotlight Rina Hartline. Rina is director of Texas State Relations for Centerpoint Energy and mentors other women as the founder of the Association of Women in Energy. She works to inspire other women working in the energy field.

You can watch KLRU’s other Women and Girls Lead videos at klru.org/wagl and be sure to watch stories about other women making a difference on Makers: Women Who Make America on Feb. 26th.

Amy Koch – Women and Girls Lead

KLRU presents eight stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of the station’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. Today we spotlight Amy Koch.  Koch is a graduate of Project SEARCH at Seton Healthcare Family, a best practice for hiring individuals with developmental disabilities created at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Her inspiring story shows that leaders are often the people behind the scenes making changes through their daily actions.

You can watch KLRU’s other Women and Girls Lead videos at klru.org/wagl and be sure to watch stories about other women making a difference on Makers: Women Who Make America on Feb. 26th.