The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. Better This World follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of revolutionary activist Brandon Darby. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high-stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. Better This World goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.
Austin’s boxing scene takes center stage in back-to-back documentaries on June 16.
Split Decision at 7:30 pm
Talented boxer Jesus “El Matador” Chavez finds his rise to the world championship cut short when he is deported to Mexico for a youthful crime in his past. Back in the country he left as a child, Jesus faces two new battles: the fight for the right to return to his family and career in the United States and the struggle to find acceptance in the country of his birth.
Boxing Gym at 8:30 pm
This film explores an Austin institution, Lord’s Gym, which was founded by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. A wide variety of people of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes train at the gym: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers and people who want to become professional boxers alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. The gym is an example of the American “melting pot” where people meet, talk, and train.
Independent Lens presents the story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student, who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera in “When I Rise” at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, and 8 p.m. Thursday, 2/10.
Last year, KLRU hosted a special screening of this powerful film. Here are highlights of the post screening discussion with the filmmakers and a University of Texas student featured in the film.
The new documentary from Austin’s own Sam Douglas will air nationally in August. But KLRU is offering our viewers the first look at this inspiring story tonight (6/10) at 7 p.m. The filmmaker and other guest will be in the studio talking about the experience of making this film.
In 1993, the late architect and MacArthur “genius” Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio, a design/build program in which students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama. Guided by frank, passionate, never-before-seen interviews with Mockbee, the film shows how students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic, indigent client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known as “Music Man” for his passion for soul music. The Rural Studio provides students with an experience that inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee’s peers and scenes with those he’s influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture’s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, citizenship and social change.
In honor of Memorial Day, the LBJ Library and KLRU will host an extraordinary event honoring the achievements of African-American servicemen and women and their contributions to the freedoms we cherish on Wednesday, May 26, starting at 6 p.m. RSVP here
The event will feature a screening of the documentary For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots and a panel discussion. It is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Panelists are scheduled to include Clarence Sasser, one of two living African American Medal of Honor recipients; Rich Hull, Producer, Love of Liberty; Frank Martin, Director, Love of Liberty; Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, Center for Women Veterans.
Ten years in the making, For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text, and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American servicemen and women since the earliest days of our country. The story, introduced by Colin Powell and hosted by Halle Berry, spans the Revolution to the inauguration of President Obama and examines why these heroic men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves often did not enjoy. It portrays an honest account, stirring in the telling and leaving an indelible mark on mind and heart.
KLRU and Reel Women present a screening and discussion of Austin filmmaker Karen Skloss’ new documentary Sunshine. The event begins at 8 p.m. with a behind-the-scenes discussion featuring Skloss and key producing, shooting and design crew members as well as the single parents who participated in the film. Following the discussion, KLRU will host a screening of the Independent Lens television debut of Sunshine at 9 p.m. RSVP now
On Wednesday, April 21, KLRU and PBS will broadcast “Food, Inc” as part of the documentary series P.O.V. This Oscar-nominated film discuss what we eat, how it’s produced and where we should go from here.
Invite your friends and family to have a pot luck dinner, watch the film together and discuss the issues. P.O.V. Has put together a Potluck Party Kit and checklist to help you plan your event. The site also features recipes for appetizers, entrees, salads, sides and desserts
P.O.V. will be giving away some prizes to people who sign up on their web site and commit to hosting a party. Enter here
Even if you don’t plan a Potluck Party, be sure to watch this enlightening documentary on April 21 at 8 p.m. on KLRU.
KLRU Community Screenings featured a panel discussion with three Austin filmmakers who work is appearing in this season of Independent Lens. Michel O. Scott’s “The Horse Boy” will air on May 11, Karen Skloss’ “Sunshine” will air on May 4 and Keith Maitland’s “The Eyes of Me” aired on March 2. Here is a short exert from the discussion, which was moderated by Filmmaker and University of Texas Professor Paul Stekler.
Thanks to everyone who attended the KLRU Community Screening on Texas independent film and the broadcast premier of Independent Lens “Eyes of Me.” Get web exclusive video from the film and find out more about the students at the Independent Lens web site pbs.org/independentlens
On March 2, KLRU will commemorate Texas Independents’ Day by celebrating the work of three local filmmakers whose work has reached a national audience on PBS. For the first time ever, three Austin-based projects have been selected for PBS’s Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens.
Filmmaker and University of Texas Professor, Paul Stekler will moderate a panel discussion with Michel O. Scott (The Horse Boy), Karen Skloss (Sunshine), and Keith Maitland (The Eyes of Me) starting at 8 p.m. Following the discussion, KLRU will host a screening of the Independent Lens broadcast of The Eyes of Me at 9 p.m. RSVP here
Space is limited so RSVP today. For those who cannot attend the screening, you can watch the Independent Lens broadcast of The Eyes of Me at 9 p.m. on KLRU, broadcast 18-1, cable 9.
Discussion starts at 8 p.m. Screening at 9 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.