Mi Historia: Nora de Hoyos Comstock

KLRU will be highlighting several distinct Austin voices as part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Today’s video features Nora de Hoyos Comstock.

We also want you to become a part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Make a video describing what being Latino means to you, share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models. Share your story and become part of ours. More details on submitting your video

Mi Historia: Johnny Limon

KLRU will be highlighting several distinct Austin voices as part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Today’s video features East Austin Activist Johnny Limon.

We also want you to become a part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Make a video describing what being Latino means to you, share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models. Share your story and become part of ours. More details on submitting your video

Community Cinema: The Graduates 10/1

KLRU and the Austin Public Library present Community Cinema. The free public screenings take place at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) from 7 pm to 9 pm.

On  October 1st, watch a preview and discuss The Graduates/Los Graduados. This bilingual documentary explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on the barriers they have to overcome in order to make their dreams come true.

Dr. Pauline Dow, Chief Academic Officer Austin Independent School District, will discuss local educational issues. The presentation will also feature the short film Skipping Up with filmmaker Jim Mendiola in attendance.  Set primarily in Mark Twain Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, Skipping Up follows a group of eighth graders as they finish their year in the Middle School Partners Program, a new and highly successful dropout-prevention project that helps students who were previously behind catch up quickly.

Dr. Pauline Dow currently serves as Chief Academic Officer for the Austin Independent School District, an urban school district of 85,000 PreK-12 students in over 120 schools and learning sites, providing overall instructional leadership for curriculum and instruction, bilingual education, and special education to promote attainment of the District’s vision. Prior to this, she served as Associate Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer for the Ysleta Independent School District, a district with 62 schools serving more than 44,000 students.  She has focused  on establishing meaningful standards of excellence, strengthening school-community partnerships, and a culture of collaboration at all levels. Dr. Dow’s research focuses on the achievement of students in dual language education programs and the policy implications of bilingual schooling. Her most recent publication includes a book chapter published on June 13, 2012 by Springer: “Education Policies: Standardized Testing, English Language Learners and Border Futures” in Social Justice in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. She is a founding member of the Institute for Language and Education Policy.

Jim Mendiola is an independent filmmaker, curator, and writer based in Texas. A Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellow, Mendiola’s films have screened in numerous film festivals, museums, and colleges in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, public television and cable TV. His projects have been supported by the Independent Film Service, Film Independent, National Association of Independent Latino Producer, Latino Public Broadcasting, Mun2, SiTV, and the Sundance Filmmakers Lab. As a curator, Mendiola created the film program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, programmed for San Francisco’s Cine Accion Film Festival, and is currently directing San Antonio CineFestival, the nation’s longest running Latino Film Festival. He is an artist-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin where he is writing a book and creating a digital archive on the history of U.S. Chicano/Latino independent filmmaking.

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.

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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.

THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS
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.

THE STATE OF ARIZONA
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.

LAS MARTHAS
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.

THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI
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.

MEDORA
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.

THE NEW BLACK
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.

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Austin American-Statesman

Mi Historia: Kathy Vale

KLRU will be highlighting several distinct Austin voices as part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Today’s video features East Austin Activist Kathy Vale.

We also want you to become a part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Make a video describing what being Latino means to you, share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models. Share your story and become part of ours. More details on submitting your video

Mi Historia: Joel Salcido

KLRU will be highlighting several distinct Austin voices as part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Today’s video features photographer Joel Salcido.

We also want you to become a part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Make a video describing what being Latino means to you, share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models. Share your story and become part of ours. More details on submitting your video

Mi Historia: Josefina Villicaña Casati

KLRU will be highlighting several distinct Austin voices as part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Today’s video features Josefina Villicaña Casati, editor of Ahora Si.

We also want you to become a part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Make a video describing what being Latino means to you, share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models. Share your story and become part of ours. More details on submitting your video

Design Squad Summer ’13

It was the summer of “imagineering,” and students at M Station were keeping busy learning about famous scientists, engineers, and other topics of human ingenuity during their 8-week summer learning program. With the guidance of KLRU and as part of the Ready to Learn Transmedia Demonstration Station project, M Station’s teen program was also able to take part in some extra special activities with the help of the Design Squad challenge series.

Design Squad is WGBH’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning reality competition series that lets kids design and build their own creations. The Design Squad teams are challenged to transform raw materials into workable solutions for real-world clients. From creating flying remote-controlled football targets for Hasbro or dryland sleds for the Jamaican dogsled team, this group of kids really put their smarts to test!

Much like the kids of Design Squad, the kids at M Station were presented with a series of challenges once a week during the summer months. They built newspaper tables sturdy enough to carry heavy books, paddle boats powered by rubber bands, and even zip lines! These activities were just a few of many challenges found in the Design Squad challenge guides, which are currently available online for teachers, parents, you, your neighbors, your grandparents – everyone! For details about these challenges, and to try out some new projects for yourself, visit the Design Squad Guide page here!

Q Night at the Movie 9/14

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Just Seen It at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story at 7:30 pm
Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld writer/producer Alec Berg and BRIDESMAIDS director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig pull back the curtain to show how they create comedy that resonates with us all.

Feature Film: The Birdcage at 8pm
In Miami Beach, a gay couple (Robin Williams, Nathan Lane) pretend to be man and wife when a son’s future father-in-law (Gene Hackman) and family visit. Cast: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman.

Feature Film: Get Shorty at 10 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.

Mi Historia: Frank Fernandez

KLRU will be highlighting several distinct Austin voices as part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Today’s video features Frank Fernandez, Executive Director of Green Doors.

We also want you to become a part of the Latino Americans Mi Historia project. Make a video describing what being Latino means to you, share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models. Share your story and become part of ours. More details on submitting your video