The Bullock Texas State History Museum, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and the James A. Michener Center for Writers come together for a special screening and discussion of Mercy Street, PBS’ newest dramatic series about the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War.
This event takes place Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum. Respond to the required RSVP and get more information about the event here.
The event opens with a discussion of the Civil War in popular culture, the evolution of the subject through the years, and its continued relevance today. Panelists include Mercy Street producer David Zucker, also the executive producer of Peabody Award-winning drama The Good Wife; Steven Deyle, associate professor from the University of Houston who served as historical consult and on the creative team for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave; and moderator James Magnuson, director of the James A. Michener Center for Writers.
Mercy Street, which premieres nationwide January 2016, is PBS’ first scripted series in more than a decade. Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street is not about battles and glory – it’s about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It’s a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today. View the trailer below:
Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. The next screening will be Operation Appreciation on July 3rd. These events are free and open to the public. The filmmaker will be in attendance at this screening.
Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. This documentary, accentuated by stunning imagery of America s largest military base, follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base. The retirees travel more than 50 miles with cars filled to the brim with treats to hand the treats to hundreds of soldiers getting processed at Fort Hood every Thursday. Not only do these volunteers walk the lines giving treats and saying thanks to the incoming troops, but they also bring food to the Wounded Warriors buildings, where severely injured soldiers are recovering, and to the Fisher House, which gives a home to military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. Many of the volunteers are veterans themselves, and have incredible stories of their own survival in war. Their reasons for giving back are both moving and remarkable. Along the way, the viewers will also hear from the troops that receive the treats, and find out how the kindness of strangers affects them.
Operation Appreciation airs on Thursday, July 5th at 8 pm and Sunday, July 8th at 9:30 pm
Thanks to everyone who attended the KLRU Community Screening with David Brancaccio and Ellen Spiro on their documentary Fixing The Future.
In Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS, David Brancaccio visits communities across America, including Austin, using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. After the economic meltdown of 2008, the nation stands in urgent need of economic growth that’s not based on risky financial bets placed by Wall Street. Brancaccio talks to working Americans who are re-engineering the future, built on American values of commonwealth, shared prosperity, fairness, wellness, sustainability and creativity. Here are ways to get involved.
Special thanks to our sponsors Austin Community College, Live Oak Brewing and Texas Coffee Traders.
Join KLRU and the Austin Film Society on Thursday, Nov. 18, for a special Community Screening with David Brancaccio in attendance. Director Ellen Spiro will also be on hand to talk about her involvement in this documentary. The event begins at 7:30 pm and doors open at 7. The event is free but an rsvp is required. RSVP here
In Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS, David Brancaccio visits communities across America, including Austin, using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. After the economic meltdown of 2008, the nation stands in urgent need of economic growth that’s not based on risky financial bets placed by Wall Street. Brancaccio talks to working Americans who are re-engineering the future, built on American values of commonwealth, shared prosperity, fairness, wellness, sustainability and creativity.
Special thanks to our sponsors Austin Community College and Live Oak Brewing.
KLRU and The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History invite you to preview When I Rise, an inspirational story about finding forgiveness, on Thursday, September 9. RSVP to this free event now.
A gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. Conrad goes on to become an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. A behind-the-scenes discussion will follow the screening with special guests including director Mat Hames.
KLRU Community Screenings: When I Rise
Thursday, September 9
Screening begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio 6A (map) RSVP here
Discounted parking for this event will be available in the San Antonio parking garage. You must bring your garage ticket to the event to receive the discount.
KLRU Community Screenings made possible with support from
Austin Community College,
The Austin Chronicle, KUT 90.5 FM, Frank, Texas Coffee Traders and Live Oak Brewing Company.
Special thanks to Alpheus Media, Allentown Productions and Screen Door Films
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
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.