KLRU seeking short independent films from local filmmakers

Local Austin-area independent filmmakers! Send us your short films!

Films submitted will be nominated for inclusion in the sixth annual PBS Online Film Festival, a showcase for powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The festival has become a popular annual online event, attracting more than 6 million video views over the past five years, as well as nominations in the Webby Awards.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations, Independent Lens and POV. Collaborations with public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Wisconsin Media Lab and Vision Maker Media have also been included.

Submissions should be 3-15 minutes in length and can be documentary or narrative. There are no requirements about the short films having premiered elsewhere, though they should be no older than 3 years old. PBS also needs to have non-exclusive rights to stream the films on all PBS platforms, including social platform.

Austin-area filmmakers, to have your short films considered, submit the following via email to JJ Weber jweber@klru.org with the subject line “2017 PBS Online Film Festival” by March 30th:

  • Title
  • Brief description
  • Online screener link
  • Information about the filmmaker

Filmmakers from other areas should contact their local PBS affiliate.

Dates for the 2017 PBS Online Film Festival and the featured films will be announced at a later time. The festival will be available for streaming via PBS and KLRU, Austin PBS digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android and a wide range of OTT devices.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

About PBS
PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

New season of Midsomer Murders starts 3/23 on KLRU

Now in its 11th season in England, MIDSOMER MURDERS has become an international phenomenon. The rural countryside of a fictional county in England provides the backdrop for this crime series based on the novels of Caroline Graham. A lush visual style, quirky characters (frequently wealthy eccentrics), and ubiquitous red herrings recall classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the center of the MIDSOMER MURDERS investigations is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, played by actor John Nettles (Bergerac).

Local PC Ben Jones steps into CID and DS Scott’s shoes to help Barnaby investigate the garrotting of two house hunters outside a deserted – supposedly haunted – house. The owner is anxious to sell, but the estate agent, Harriet Davis, who is representing Jack Magwood, seems reluctant to let anyone see the property. The House In The Woods, Part 1 airs Thursday, March 23rd at 9:00 PM and Saturday, March 25th at 9:50 PM. The House In The Woods, Part 2 airs Thursday, March 23rd at 9:50 PM and Saturday, March 25th at 10:40 PM.

The mother of a deceased one-time carnival queen is found dead in a stream. Once again, Barnaby must dig up the past to solve the case. Barnaby is convinced he has seen two people from an earlier mystery around the village. He is puzzled because the people in question were brutally murdered. Is Barnaby seeing ghosts? Catch Dead Letters, Part 1 Thursday, March 30th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 1st at 10:38 PM. Dead Letters, Part 2 airs Thursday, March 30th at 9:52 PM and Saturday, April 1st at 11:30 PM.

Wealthy, eccentric, obese aristocrat Freddy Butler drops dead after gathering all three of his wives at his hall. Although the cause of death is revealed to have been natural causes, the case is far from simple when, soon after, his solicitor is killed in a house fire. Vixen’s Run, Part 1 airs Thursday, April 6th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 8th at 10:38 PM. Vixen’s Run, Part 2 airs Thursday, April 6th at 9:52 PM and Saturday, April 8th at 11:30 PM.

Blackmail, revenge and, of course, murder strike again in Midsomer. Barnaby has plenty of suspects with motives but no real proof. For once his investigations take him beyond the confines of Midsomer, with trips to the seaside – where he even takes time out for a paddle. Down Among The Dead Men, Part 1 airs Thursday, April 13th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 15th at 10:39 PM. Down Among The Dead Men, Part 2 airs Thursday, April 13th at 9:48 PM and Saturday, April 15th at 11:37 PM.

Win this shirt and show off your PBS nerd pride!

Turn heads in this fabulous green PBS Nerd Shirt. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

It’s the last day of KLRU’s 2017 March Fund Drive, but there’s still time for one more giveaway! Wear the PBS Nerd shirt and let everyone know that you support public television… and support wearing cool shirts.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win.

Have you ever noticed the profile “P-Head” in the PBS logo?  We tried to recreate it in our KLRU offices, and now we want you to try!

To enter, just send us your best “P-Head” PBS Logo profile picture. It’s fun!

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified by March 24.

KLRUQ takes a look at 20th Century Dictators on 3/23

This KLRUQ Thursday night (March 23) takes you on a journey throughout the dictatorships of history, including Mao Zedong of China, Joseph Stalin of Russia, and Fidel Castro of Cuba. Stay tuned for documentaries about the mindsets and the motives of these dictators.

MAO IN COLOUR: A STUDY IN TYRANNY chronicles the controversial life of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder of the People’s Republic of China and the first Chairman of its ruling Communist Party. Using archival film from a variety of sources, including formerly classified CIA collections, this fascinating documentary is a stunning visual profile of the man who created modern China – but at a terrible price for millions of people. Mao in Colour: A Study in Tyranny airs at 7:59 pm.

In the documentary WORLD WAR TWO: 1941 AND THE MAN OF STEEL, professor David Reynolds chronicles Joseph Stalin’s humble origins, his ruthless rise to power, and the numerous wartime crises that nearly annihilated his regime. Utilizing visits to Russian battlefields, historical footage, original telegrams and official documents, this two-part film examines the factors that drew Britain and America into an alliance with a murderous dictator and reassesses Stalin’s significance to the Allied victory in World War II. World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel airs at 8:45 pm. Part Two airs at 9:45.

The Fidel Castro Tapes is a film that takes viewers on a journey like none other. This program uses only news and documentary footage — past and present — to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century. There is no narration in this film and no interviews. Instead, The Fidel Castro Tapes relies solely on the words of journalists who covered the major events in Castro’s life to tell the story. The Fidel Castro Tapes airs at 10:25 pm.

Science Night Mar. 22

Science night is bringing a wide range of incredible topics, from Zebras to Nazi War Prisons, you won’t want to miss out.

Great Zebra Exodus explores parenthood and the fragility of young life—from zebras to lapwings to meerkats. It’s a tale of loyalty and sacrifice, of home and exile, of death and new life, set against the backdrop of one of Africa’s most surreal landscapes. Watch this episode of Nature at 7:00 pm.

Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. As the hair-raising launch 90 feet up draws near, the program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded. This episode of Nova airs at 8:00 pm.

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” My Love Affair With The Brain airs at 10:00 pm.

Highlights Mar. 19-25

KLRU Highlights

Home Fires tells the story of a rural English town on the verge of World War II.  Watch parts 1-6 back-to-back Sunday starting at 5:30 pm.

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out; Black Rock is their last chance. Extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures. Independent Lens airs at 9:00 pm Monday night.

Photographers Hakeem Adewumi and Moyo Oyelola take a global tale and make it feel like home on this Arts In Context, airing at 10:30 pm Monday.

Explore, through Lange’s granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of the influential “Migrant Mother” photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories and new interviews reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself, on a Dorothea Lange episode of American Masters, airing at 7:00 pm Tuesday.

Inside Iraq, as militias and the military fight for the future of the country. The film examines the power of the militias, the impact on civilians and the places where ISIS has been pushed out. Frontline begins at 9:00 pm Tuesday.

The “Girls” have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. But now, having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship and love. All Of Me by Independent Lens airs Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

Great Zebra Exodus explores parenthood and the fragility of young life—from zebras to lapwings to meerkats. It’s a tale of loyalty and sacrifice, of home and exile, of death and new life, set against the backdrop of one of Africa’s most surreal landscapes. Watch this episode of Nature at 7:00 pm Wednesday.

Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. As the hair-raising launch 90 feet up draws near, the program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded. This episode of Nova airs at 8:00 pm Wednesday.

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” My Love Affair With The Brain airs at 10:00 pm Wednesday.

Country music rocks on ACL with Eric Church. The country superstar performs hits and tunes from his bestselling album The Outsiders. Austin City Limits airs at 10:00 pm on Wednesday.

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change. In 2014, she was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the world and by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. Watch Katharine Hayhoe talk on Overheard With Evan Smith, airing at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

David seeks out the man behind the biblical stories, looking at how he carved an identity as both leader and flawed believer during the earliest days of Christianity on David Suchet In The Footsteps Of St. Peter, which airs at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad. He visits its many historic sites and takes a flight on a WW2 B-17 “flying fortress” bomber. To polish off the day, he attempts to eat a “Mega Mel” burger coming in a 1 1/2 feet tall. The Daytripper airs at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Local PC Ben Jones steps into CID and DS Scott’s shoes to help Barnaby investigate the garrotting of two house hunters outside a deserted – supposedly haunted – house. The owner is anxious to sell, but the estate agent, Harriet Davis, who is representing Jack Magwood, seems reluctant to let anyone see the property. The House In The Woods, Part 1 airs Thursday at 9:00 pm. Part two begins at 9:50 pm. They air as a pair again, Friday night at 9:50 and 10:40 pm.

Taissa Farmiga stars in Share as a 15-year-old girl facing her return to school after someone shared an explicit video of her online. Next, watch as racial tensions explode between young people waiting in line to buy the hottest new sneakers on the market in Hypebeasts. Film School Shorts begins at 10:40 pm Thursday.

View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman, on Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration, airing at 8:00 pm.

Discover how the prolific creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms and activism. Features George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Jon Stewart, Russell Simmons and others. The Norman Lear special of American Masters airs at 9:00 pm

In this week’s On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of tv. On Story begins at 10:30 pm.

Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor performs beloved classics and selections from his chart-topping new album Before This World, his first collection of original music in 13 years, on Austin City Limits, airing at 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Father Brown and his friends find themselves stranded with a group of hedonists. They soon become desperate to escape, for at Hotel Cuba, the dish of the day is death. The episode of Father Brown begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday.

Amid the upheaval, the mysteries continue and Lucien Blake will face his most personal challenge yet as he tries solving his own mother’s mysterious death. Doctor Blake Mysteries begins at 9:00 pm Saturday night.

#TBT – Win this Retro PBS Logo Tote Bag

It’s almost the 50th anniversary of PBS and KLRU is celebrating with a Throwback Thursday giveaway!

PBS is dusting off some of its classic television moments to commemorate nearly 50 years on the air. Take a look at some of the featured old school episodes here.

And what better way to show off your enduring love for PBS than by rocking our retro cotton canvas bag?

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU and this hip and helpful tote could be yours. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your favorite classic PBS show and you’ll be entered.

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

The Phone Of The Wind: Whispers To Lost Families on KLRU Q 3/21

The huge earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan 5 years ago swept vast amounts of debris across the Pacific. Many objects reached the U.S. State of Oregon, including the crossbeams from the gates of a Shinto shrine dedicated to the safety of local villagers who depend on the sea. Thanks to the all-out efforts of people in America, those precious artifacts made the long journey home. NHK NEWSLINE FOCUS tells the story of how this incredible homecoming formed bonds of friendship between people living an ocean apart. The Phone Of The Wind: Whispers To Lost Families airs Tuesday, March 21 at 5:00 pm.

Turn trash into art: Win this origami tutorial book!

Recycling just got a lot more fun! 

KLRU airs NOVA: The Origami Revolution tonight at 8:30 p.m. The University of Texas Origami Club will even drop in to show off some of their creative folding.

If you’re feeling inspired to try your hand at some origami, you’ll love our book and DVD guide giveaway, Trash Origami: 25 Paper-folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials. Learn how to fold up your old paper into something beautiful while honing your origami skills.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win! 

To enter, simply comment with your favorite current show on any one of KLRU’s 4 channels. We want to know what you love!

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.