Q Night at the Movies 6/11

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Join KLRUQ for K Night at the Movies with three back-to-back special programs.

Hollywood IdolsMichael Caine: Breaking The Mold‘ – airs at 7 pm 

Born into poverty in London, when he first decided to become an actor, Michael Caine was met with amazement – who did he think he was? Yet, he persevered, starting in repertory theater, then television, and, finally succeeding in becoming one of filmdom’s most versatile stars. This special features clips from such films as Educating Rita, The Man Who Would Be King, Alfie, California Suite, Hannah and Her Sisters, Mona Lisa, Sleuth, Zulu, and The Ipcress File.

On StoryChris Cooper: A Conversation On Acting‘ – airs at 7:30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

Corinth Films CollectionHenry Viii And His Six Wives‘ – airs at 8 pm 

On his deathbed Tudor-king Henry VIII (Keith Michell) remembers his long reign and especially the crucial part his six marriages played in it, without producing the male heir he desired.

Save the dates: POV preview screenings this summer

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It’s always a sweet deal to get a sneak peak of anything before it hits the mainstream.

That’s why KLRU and the Austin Film Festival are presenting preview screenings and discussions of three POV films scheduled to air later this year on KLRU. Get previews of All the Difference on June 27, Thank You For Playing on July 12 and What Tomorrow Brings on August 2. Each event will take place at 7 pm at the and Google Fiber Space. All screenings are free, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to RSVP for each film you would like to attend.


All the Difference– screening on June 27.

This documentary traces the paths of two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds. A co-production of American Documentary | POV; Part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Thank You For Playing– screening on July 12.

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey with a poetic video game. Thank You for Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years creating “That Dragon, Cancer,” which evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as “unimaginably intimate” by The New Yorker, the film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the unique ways that art and technology can help us share profound experiences. A co-production of American Documentary | POV and ITVS. Official Selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.


What Tomorrow Brings– screening on August 2.

What Tomorrow Brings goes inside the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village. Never before have fathers here allowed their daughters to be educated; now Taliban threats heighten their misgivings. From the school’s beginnings in 2009 to its first graduating class in 2015, the film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents and school founder Razia Jan. While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom as they discover the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading. A co-production of ITVS.

RSVP links coming soon. All screenings will take place at Google Fiber Space 201 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701. Time for each screening is 7 pm.

Arts In Context Shorts: Curating Cosmic Vida

With “Cosmic Vida,” an exhibition at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, curator Raul Valdez gave visitors a glimpse into the cosmos.

“Cosmic Vida” is the first show Valdez curated in more than a decade. An artist himself, he curated the collection after he realized he could not produce enough work to fill up the space himself. The exhibition, which is no longer on display, juxtaposed dynamic and subdued pieces. With artworks of various mediums, colors, sizes and imagery, he explored the literal and symbolic meaning of the exhibit’s title.

Valdez hoped the audience was inspired to make their own interpretations on the universal experiences of La Raza, the human race.

“You can see the chicano in it, but you can also see the universal part,” Valdez said

Arts In Context Shorts: The Neon Jungle

Evan Voyles builds signs to last generations. Voyles is the sovereign sign-maker of South Congress – he hand-created and repurposed vintage signs for Magnolia Cafe, Homeslice, Soul, Stag, Creatures, Turquoise Door, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Perla’s, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Yard Dog and Uncommon Objects, the last two going on 20 years of age. Voyles started on his craft as a vintage neon sign collector and began to build signs when clients asked for specialized styles. Most recently, Voyles faced one of his biggest challenges yet: a 50-foot-tall replica of a 1952 Fender Telecaster for Austin Vintage Guitars. His personal artistry is on full display as he creates a new iconic masterpiece.

“I get to change the way my hometown looks,” Voyles said. “Who really gets to say that?”

And the ACL All Access winner is…

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Nancy G. of Austin, Texas!

Congratulations to Nancy, who will kick-off this week with a month filled with everything Austin City Limits. Thank you to everyone who entered the raffle for your support of KLRU. We hope to bring it back again to you next August.

If you just can’t wait, keep an eye out for our Big Deal raffle in November. At only $25 per ticket, his lucky raffle winner gains access to all the biggest and best events in Austin throughout the year!

2015 Big Deal Winner Selected

FEATURED_BigDealOur 3rd Annual Big Deal raffle has come to an end and we want to all congratulate this year’s winner Jason Allgood of Austin, Texas on his year filled with the best of Austin music and events.

We’ll check in throughout the year with Jason with pictures and stories from his fun-filled year.

We want to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets for KLRU’s 2015 Big Deal. You helped to raise over $23,000. 100% of the proceeds from the Big Deal raffle purchases go directly to KLRU and support local public broadcasting and production of local content.

Thank you all so much for your generosity, and we hope you’ll participate in the raffle next holiday season.

KLRU News Brief: Adler, Martinez Debate Leadership Qualities

On Thursday Austin Mayoral runoff candidates Steve Adler and Mike Martinez recorded Civic Summit: Mayoral Runoff Conversation, an hour-long discussion about the leadership qualities each would employ if they are elected on December 16. Our Sunday News Brief includes excerpts from that debate. The entire debate is online and will air on KLRU on Friday, November 21 at 8pm.

A point of discussion in this election has been what the mayor’s role will be in wrangling discussion and debate among the ten new city council members.

“Whether you’re a district council member from east or west Austin, your issues are going to be the same,” explained Martinez.  “As mayor, you find that common ground, and you build on that common ground.”

“We have one city here,” said Adler.  “And we either move together as a whole city or none of us are going to be moving together.

You can watch the entire debate online here.

KLRU News Briefs air locally every Saturday and Sunday evening during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

KLRU honored with three Lone Star Emmy awards

KLRU was well represented at the 10th Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards November 10th and was honored to come home with three gold statues. The awards ceremony was held at Cowboy’s stadium in Arlington and was attended by television professionals from all over the state. KLRU programs and associated shows were up for a total of 12 nominations. We were pleased when one of these associated shows, Daytripper, received the award for best Magazine Program- Series.

KLRU’s winners include:
Arts/Entertainment – Program Feature/Segment
KLRU Collective: Asian Occasion, Eve Tarlo, Producer/Editor.

Arts/Entertainment – Program/Special
Arts In Context: Trouble Puppet, Lauren Burton, Producer & Mario Troncoso, Producer/Editor/Videographer.

Community Service- KLRU: Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project 2012
Sara Robertson, Producer
Betsy Gerdeman, Executive Producer
Maury Sullivan, Community Engagement
Karen Bernstein , Producer
Cookie Ruiz, Project Supervisor

The Light/ The Holocaust & Humanity Project was an education partnership that promoted the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue. The culmination of KLRU’s contribution to Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project 2012 however, was a series of original programs including
Arts In Context : Producing Light; Overheard with Evan Smith “Elie Wiesel“; Civic Summit: Creating a Community of Respect; and SPARK at The Moody “Gerda Weissmann Klein.”

Congratulations to all nominees, winners and KLRU staff who make this work possible.

Thank you for supporting the Countdown Campaign!

Thank you to everyone who has joined our Countdown Campaign so far!

After a huge outpouring of support yesterday, we went from having $115,000 left to raise this September to $93,000. So many folks have mailed in checks, called in with their gifts, or given online and we’re so appreciative of your effort and your generosity – thank you!

The Countdown Campaign ends on September 30, the end of KLRU’s fiscal year, and we need your help to end the year with a balanced budget. We sincerely appreciate everyone who supports us throughout the year – this is your public television station and couldn’t exist without you. If you’re able to make an additional gift this week (or join for the very first time), it would make a huge difference to KLRU right now.

Keep the Countdown Campaign going and donate today!


Titanic Tuesday on April 10th

Explore the wreckage of the Titanic with back-to-back specials on April 10

Titanic with Len Goodman at 7 pm
In this program, Len Goodman, a judge on “Dancing with the Stars,” discovers how the impact of the Titanic disaster is still felt a century after the ship sank. Goodman has his own connection to the ship. Before he was a dancer, he was a welder for Harland and Woolf. This was company that, from 1909 to 1912, built the Titanic in Belfast. Goodman worked for the same company 50 years later, at their yard in East London. To mark the centenary of the Titanic tragedy in 2012, Goodman explores the ship’s 100-year legacy. He learns how for victims’ families and for the survivors themselves, the sinking was just the beginning of the story. Generations later, those stories are still unfolding as Goodman meets the modern-day descendants to learn how, 100 years after it sank, the Titanic’s legacy lives on.

Saving the Titanic at 8 pm
She was the pride of the British Empire. A leading example of state-of-the-art engineering in a time of groundbreaking scientific and technological innovations on a global scale: the Titanic. Yet she sank in less than three hours after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912. We all know about the many deaths in the icy waters, the fates of the rich and famous on the ship’s maiden voyage and the dramas that played out in the Titanic’s last hours. What is less known however is how a team of shipbuilders and engineers attempted to save the stricken vessel. Seeking to answer the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision, this program tells the story of the disaster from below deck, with the action taking place between the time the crew embark the Titanic at Southampton and the eventual sinking of the ship. Based upon eyewitness accounts, this is the story of nine central characters from the engineering crew as they work among the huge, coal-fired furnaces heating the boilers and massive dynamos whirring to satisfy the ship’s demand for electricity. Their personal stories of bravery are recounted as the men fought courageously to hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost. Most of these men died but their actions saved many lives.