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.

Community Cinema begins Oct. 7 with Makers screening

KLRU featured event

Independent Television Service and KLRU announce this year’s Community Cinema films. For the 2014-15 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.

Oct 7: Makers
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.

Nov. 4: Evolution of a Criminal
In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.

Jan 6: A Path Appears from the creators of Half the Sky
A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Feb. 3: American Denial
Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

March 3: The Homestretch
Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

May 5: Limited Partnership
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

Community Cinema: The New Black 5/6

KLRU featured event

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 May 6th, watch a preview and discuss of The New Black. 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.

Joining us for the discussion will be Stephen Rice, host of OutCast Austin on KOOP. Rice is a busy member of Austin’s political, arts and social scenes. He volunteers regularly with such worthy organizations as the Octopus Club, AIDS Services of Austin, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, Equality Texas and ZACH Theater. Stephen also works with the Austin Film Society on their annual star-studded Texas Film Hall of Fame Gala. Professionally, he works as a consultant to Austin’s legal community.

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.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman

Community Cinema: Medora 4/1

KLRU featured event

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 April 1st, watch a preview and discuss of Medora. 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.

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.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman

Community Cinema: Trials of Muhammad Ali 3/4

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 March 4th, watch a preview and discuss The Trials of Muhammad Ali. This documentary 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.

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.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman

Community Cinema: Las Marthas 2/4

The KLRU Community Cinema screening and discussion of the documentary Las Marthas with director Cristina Ibarra and other special guests in attendance will take place Feb. 4th at 7 pm at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The screening is free and open to the public.

las_marthas-05-thumb-largeIn 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.

Producer/Director Cristana Ibarra will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. For the past seven years, Cristina Ibarra has been making short fiction and non-fiction films that have been seen on public television, in galleries, museums, schools and film festivals across the United States including: the Guggenheim, Exit Art Gallery, the Queens Museum, Stanford and Brown Universities. Her award-winning directorial debut, Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela aired on the PBS series ColorVision. Her other films include: Grandma’s Hip-HopLupe from the Block and Amnezac. She is currently developing her first feature film, Love & Monster Trucks.

Community Cinema: The State of Arizona 12/3

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 December 3rd, watch a preview and discuss The State of Arizona. 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.

After the documentary screening, we’ll have a community discussion of the issues in the film with guest Matt Simpson, Policy Strategist with ACLU of Texas. Simpson has served as a policy strategist at the ACLU of Texas since 2008. He advocates for civil rights and civil liberties at the state legislature and assists with local campaigns related to criminal justice reform, such as prison and jail policy, law enforcement information sharing, and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Matt holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and a B.A. in political science from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

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.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman

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.

Special thanks to

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Austin American-Statesman

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.

Special thanks to
Austin American-Statesman

Community Cinema: Love Free or Die

The June 2013 Community Cinema film is Love Free or Die with screenings and discussions in both Austin and Round Rock. All screenings will start at 7 pm, are free and open to the public.

Screenings take place June 4 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) and June 27 at Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main Street).

LOVE FREE OR DIE by Macky Alston
Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality, and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Special thanks to
Austin American-Statesman