Barbara Conrad documentary 2/8, 2/10

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.

Sneak Preview of Citizen Architect

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.


Citizen Architect
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.

For Love of Liberty screening 5/26

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 Community Screening: Sunshine 5/4

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

Host a Food, Inc. Potluck Party

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.

Local filmmakers speak

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.

KLRU discussion with local filmmakers/Eyes of Me screening

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


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Celebrate Texas Independence Day with Independent Films


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.

RSVP here

KLRU Community Screenings made possible thanks to our partners
Austin Community College,
The Austin Chronicle, KUT 90.5 FM and Live Oak Brewing Company.

The Territory

The Territory
Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.

The new season of the Austin Museum of Art’ annual television showcase of international film and video, The Territory, begins this May on KLRU. The Territory features fourteen programs that blend experimental, documentary, narrative and animated shorts from around the world.

The Territory’s 32 season highlights the work of artists from Texas, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, Columbia, Korea, and Israel. Within the 30-minute format, artists experiment with techniques and subjects in a condensed format similar to a short story.  These film and video shorts are recognized as vibrant sub-genre of independent voices in the media world. The Territory brings these challenging works directly to the PBS audience across Texas — thereby stretching conventional television boundaries. For complete episode descriptions go to The Territory’s web site at  amoa.org/theterritory

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