PBS Online Film Festival 2015: Ex-Votos

PBS has announced the 25 films that will be part of the fourth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on June 15 – July 17, 2015. Austin filmmakers Ivete Lucas, John Spotswood Moore and Sai Selvarajan are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films “Ex-Votos,” “Once Again” and “Sugarless Tea.”

Ex-Votos
After experiencing a shootout in her neighborhood, Anayansi, a pregnant teenager, fears that she will lose her child. Hoping for a miracle, her mother takes her on a pilgrimage to the festival of Saint Francis in Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. As their journey merges with thousands of travelers from across Mexico, they must face the reality of her condition and escape the confines of tradition if she is to survive. When Anayansi’s water breaks, the community calls on the Marakame, an honored member of the town revered for his ability to communicate with the forces of nature and the ancient spirits, to help.

About Ivete Lucas
Lucas was born in Brazil and grew up in Mexico. At age 22, she received a grant from the Mexican Film Institute to direct her first short film “ASMA,” which was shortlisted for the Mexican Academy Awards. Since then, she has produced and directed a number of award-winning short films and documentaries. She is currently producing a feature film for artist Keren Cytter and finishing post-production on her first feature documentary “Vietnam Appreciation Day,” which she co-directed with her husband, Patrick Bresnan.

Don’t forget to vote until July 17th for “Ex-Votos” or any of the three Austin films as the “People’s Choice Award” winner! You can vote for each film every 24 hours.

PBS Online Film Festival 2015: Sugarless Tea

PBS has announced the 25 films that will be part of the fourth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on June 15 – July 17, 2015. Austin filmmakers Ivete Lucas, John Spotswood Moore and Sai Selvarajan are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films “Ex-Votos,” “Once Again” and “Sugarless Tea.”

Sugarless Tea
This short film takes viewers on a journey to India and Queens, NY, in a tale of separated brothers, chance meetings and identity. Sugarless Tea features watercolors paintings filmed using a stop motion technique that evokes travelogues and bedtime stories, and highlights the process of painting itself.

Narrated by Hari Kondabolu, the Queens-raised comic who the NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today,” “Sugarless Tea” tells the story of how one man living in India drinks his tea without sugar to fund a trip to the United States and visit his twin brother who was adopted 54 years earlier.

About Sai Selvarajan
Selvarajan was born in Sri-Lanka on a Wednesday night during a coup d’etat. He grew up in Nigeria playing soccer and eating bananas. As a child, Sai spent his holidays traveling with his family through Europe, India, and Sri-Lanka. His family moved to Dallas when he was nine. It was at this point that he fell in love with Texans and American pop culture. The moving image is the medium in which Sai communicates with the world. He brings a fierce passion for storytelling, coupled with great design acumen, resulting in stylistically intense pieces that linger through their emotional resonance. He spends his days at Lucky Post perfecting the American television commercial and his nights dancing to records with his wife and daughter.

Don’t forget to vote until July 17th for “Sugarless Tea” or any of the three Austin films as the “People’s Choice Award” winner! You can vote for each film every 24 hours.

American Graduate Champion: Dr. Sterling Lands II

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

sterling-landsToday’s Champion is Dr. Sterling Lands II! Sterling is an archbishop, teacher, motivator and role model. He spreads the Word of God and teaches others about improving our modern society.

His nominator, Reginald Shawn Terrell, Jr., says, “This man has made a significant difference in his daily life. Ever since he founded the Greater Calvary Bible Church, he created a change for many African American families and communities. He even obtained numerous awards from many people such as the mayor of Austin, AISD, and many others. To this day, he is changing the world for how it is to benefit society.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Maria Martin Del Campo

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

maria-campoToday’s Champion is Maria Martin Del Campo! Maria is a Spanish teacher at LBJ Early College High School. She works hard with her students every day to ensure their success.

Cesar Alonso, a student at LBJ High School, says, “She motivates us even in the small things she does. For example, by just asking us how our day is going.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Sugar Ray Destin, Jr.

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

ray-destinToday’s Champion is Sugar Ray Destin, Jr.! Sugar Ray is a motivational speaker and co-founder of the Claim your Destiny Foundation, which offers leadership, tutoring and mentoring programs. He is a huge advocate for the youth and teaching them how to develop into young leaders while giving back to the community.

Sugar Ray speaks at schools, after school programs and conferences and hosts a leadership program for youth, and his foundation is working with local school districts and colleges to plan its first Youth College Prep Conference.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

KLRU News Briefs: Texas Tribune on Perry’s Iowa campaign swing

This weekend during PBS NewsHour our local News Briefs are back after a 2 week hiatus. On Saturday, hear again about Creative Action, which fosters creativity and academic success for young people through art. You can watch our piece about Creative Action here.

Our Sunday story comes from our partners at The Texas Tribune. Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha traveled to Iowa last weekend for former Governor Rick Perry’s first official campaign stop of his 2016 run for president. He spent Saturday, June 6 at a fundraiser for the Puppy Jake Foundation, which trains service dogs for veterans. Perry, one of only two veterans running for the GOP nomination, has made it a priority to connect with that voting bloc.

“One of the reasons I’m running for the presidency of the United States is to make sure that every active duty member of the military and every veteran receives the type of care and recognition that they deserve in this country,” Perry told the crowd.

His second stop was U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride in nearby Boone. Perry and six of his fellow GOP presidential hopefuls had 8 minutes each to address the crowd. Perry is planning a seven-city fundraising tour around Texas during his campaign, including Dallas, San Antonio, Lubbock, Houston, Midland, Mission and Beaumont.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, every Saturday and Sunday evening at 6:30. 

American Graduate Champion: Constable Maria Canchola

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

constable-maria-cancholaToday’s Champion is Constable Maria Canchola! Maria is a community leader and mentor in Austin. She developed a mentor group for at-risk Hispanic students, and she continues to get involved in preventing truancy and students dropping out of school, while assisting the community and advocating for children and their families.

Maria’s nominator, Rosalinda R. Villarreal, says, “Maria continues to empower our families by inviting guest speakers to the group, who motivate and emphasize success for their children and themselves. Our parents have gained the confidence they need to actively participate in their child’s/teen’s education. Among the great successes of this group, parents have become more self-sufficient, positive leaders.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Highlights June 14 to June 20

KLRU Highlights

KLRU presents season 2, part 5 of Last Tango in Halifax on Sunday at 8 pm, as Celia hesitantly introduces Alan to her sister, Muriel, and a surprised Caroline learns that Kate is pregnant. In part 6 on Sunday at 9 pm, Kate makes an unexpected gesture at Alan and Celia’s wedding.

On Monday at 9 pm, Independent Lens Limited Partnership tells the story of a gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, and their fight over the course of 40 years to take on the U.S. government and fight for marriage and immigration equality.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America at 10 pm on Monday is a biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life. Olmsted believed that a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life, and his efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Common Cause (1939-1944) at 7 pm on Tuesday chronicles FDR as he shatters the third-term tradition and helps set the course toward Allied victory during World War II. In the meantime, his wife, Eleanor, travels the Pacific to comfort wounded servicemen.

Dorothea Lange was a 20th-century American artist who captured powerful images from the Great Depression. KLRU depicts Lange’s journey to continue to bear witness, bring subjects alive and transmit raw emotion through her art on American Masters Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning at 9 pm on Tuesday and at 8 pm on Friday.

On Nature The Funkiest Monkeys at 7 pm on Wednesday, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson returns to Sulawesi in Indonesia after twenty-five years to understand why numbers of feisty, expressive and unusual macaque monkeys have dropped dramatically. Teaming up with a local expert and creating the film allows him to share the macaques’ story with local schools and communities.

NOVA Escape from Nazi Alcatraz on Wednesday at 8 pm tells the story of Colditz Castle, a prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany that was supposedly escape-proof. But at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up an elaborate escape plan involving a two-man glider made of bed sheets and floorboards. Now, a team of engineers and carpenters rebuilds the glider to see if the daring escape would have succeeded.

The story of how Hitler’s massive defensive wall from France to Norway sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich and faced its ultimate test on D-Day is told on Nazi Mega Weapons Atlantic Wall at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Austin City Limits at 10pm on Wednesday and at 10 pm on Friday presents Nine Inch Nails in a rare television appearance playing songs from their latest album, Hesitation Marks. On Saturday at 7 pm, Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common.

Taylor Branch, author and historian, discusses his Civil Rights era trilogy America in the King Years and his latest work on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday.

Arts in Context In Their Words at 7:30 pm on Thursday highlights SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a program that offers immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers the chance to write songs about their experiences.

On BBQ with Franklin Fire & Smoke at 8 pm on Thursday, Aaron covers the major types of wood used in Texas BBQ, gives some tips on building a fire and shows a twist on using smoke for more than cooking meat.

On Thursday at 8:30 pm, The Daytripper goes to Lubbock, Texas and explores Texas Tech University, eats fried cheese and calzones and dives into the Buddy Holly Center and the archaeology site Lubbock Lake Landmark.

Host Harrison Eppright presents a tour of Juneteenth celebrations from across the country on Juneteenth Jamboree at 9 pm on Thursday.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War on Thursday at 9:30 pm chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the war. Among many topics, the documentary covers the marked rise of slavery between 1790 and 1860, the role of religion and music in the slave narrative and the influx of freed black slaves into the Union army.

At noon on Saturday, Central Texas Gardener Living Vertical Walls tours the American Botanical Council’s gardens for health.

Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Give Gift to KLRU

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces that Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin have made a significant donation in honor of three key individuals who have tirelessly supported public broadcasting in Central Texas for more than 40 years:  Lady Bird Johnson, Sandy Youman and Catherine Robb.

“As a child of the LBJ administration, PBS is family for us.” said Luci Baines Johnson. “So it just seems right to make a gift in its honor, and to honor its dearest friends and ours: my mother Lady Bird, my niece Catherine, and our friend Sandy. We had intended to do this in our will, but decided we wanted to enjoy our station and celebrate our loved ones during our lifetime.”

The gift honors three notable women while extending the impact of public broadcasting in Central Texas:

Lady Bird Johnson served as First Lady when her husband, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 into law; she remained an avid viewer, supporter and friend of PBS throughout her lifetime.

Johnson family friend Sandy Youman has been associated with KLRU for over 20 years.  Retired from KLRU in 2005 after a career at the station spanning two decades, Youman was instrumental in building membership, increasing major donors and in creating the Producers Circle.  She continues to actively support KLRU’s work in the community.

Catherine Robb, granddaughter of Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson and niece to Luci Baines Johnson, currently serves as Chair of the KLRU Board of Directors, following many years of advocacy and volunteer service.

The Johnson-Turpin gift will support several key objectives at KLRU, strengthening the organization’s future and advancing innovative new projects.  Johnson also expressed the hope that this gift will serve as inspiration for the public to join her in giving generously to KLRU.

“We are so grateful to Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin for their generosity to KLRU with this gift.” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager. “And we are even more pleased that it recognizes three women who have worked so tirelessly on behalf of public broadcasting to ensure that President Johnson’s vision continues for many more decades to come.”

Science Night June 17

This week, Science Night takes a look at World War II. NOVA tells the story of how a group of British officers dreamt of escaping a Nazi prisoner camp, while Nazi Mega Weapons tells you the history of the Atlantic Wall, Hitler’s massive defense structure. Plus, Nature takes you to Indonesia to discover why the number unique macaque monkeys is dwindling.

Nature The Funkiest Monkeys at 7 pm
Filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson returns to Sulawesi in Indonesia after twenty-five years to understand why numbers of feisty, expressive and unusual macaque monkeys have dropped dramatically. Teaming up with a local expert and creating the film allows him to share the macaques’ story with local schools and communities.

NOVA Escape from Nazi Alcatraz at 8 pm
This episode tells the story of Colditz Castle, a prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany that was supposedly escape-proof. But at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up an elaborate escape plan involving a two-man glider made of bed sheets and floorboards. Now, a team of engineers and carpenters rebuilds the glider to see if the daring escape would have succeeded.

Nazi Mega Weapons Atlantic Wall at 9 pm
To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometers from France in the south to Norway in the north. This is the story of how this vast engineering project sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich and faced its ultimate test on D-Day.