Upcoming Panel: So You Want to Work on a Film Set 7/23

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Films, movies and documentaries have always captivated audiences for their interesting and compelling stories. However, few realize the outcome of a film is accomplished by those who stand behind the camera.

The few that acknowledge this, will be joining KLRU’s very own Michael Emery on July 23 for So You Want to Work on a Film Set. Emery along with four other panelists will be speaking on the various paths of success within the film and television industry to an at capacity event.

Attendees will learn what makes a great production assistant, what kind of opportunities exist ‘below the line.’ Find out about the different ways you can contribute to the filmmaking process and what you can expect when trying to jumpstart your career.

Whether you are interested in the art department, being a grip or cinematography, you’re sure to be inspired by the esteemed filmmakers who will be sharing their experiences with us.

Saturday, July 23, 1-3 PM
Austin Public (1143 Northwestern Ave)
Must RSVP to attend. RSVP here

Presented by Austin Public and Capital City Black Film Festival.
Sponsored by Austin Area Urban League and Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce.

Castle Builders on KLRU Q 7/21

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How were machines and men organized to create such colossal fortifications? Using CGI and dramatic reconstructions, Castle Builders is the story of the architectural vision behind the building of the great Medieval Castles of Europe, and unearths the human story of those who labored to build them.

Join KLRU Q for three back-to-back episodes of Castle Builders on July 21st!

Castle BuildersMasters & Masons: Meet The Castle Builders‘ – airs at 8 pm 

The masons and laborers who did the hard work; the geniuses of design and structural engineering who imagined these medieval mega-structures; and the kings and barons who commissioned them. This episode outlines how the history of the Middle Ages – Wars in France and England, the Inquisition and the Reformation, required and shaped these monuments in stone, and how the castles changed the course of that history.

Castle BuildersSiege & Storm‘ – airs at 8:50 pm

This is the story of castles under attack. The Medieval journey from bows and arrows to gunpowder, with developments like trebuchet and cannon, meant engineers were always making advancements in defense construction. By the late Middle Ages, the military importance of castles was decreasing, as artillery power became unstoppable. The castle builders had created structures that were amazingly effective even in this new age of shock and awe.

Castle BuildersDreams & Decorations‘ – airs at 9:40 pm

Increasingly the role of castles changed from being military fortresses to becoming places of symbolism and fantasy. This episode visits the elegant 15th-century apartment block that is Burg Eltz, the Disney-esque chateaux of the Loire in France, and concludes with the 19th Century Gothic Revival reconstruction of Cardiff Castle.

Now available: Updated PBS Video Roku channel

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Missed your favorite PBS show? Don’t fuss. You can now catch PBS videos on an updated version of our Roku channel.

Along with an improved user interface, the latest Roku release includes Passport. Passport, a members-only streaming service, aims to deliver station donors with an upgraded viewing experience. The new PBS Video Roku channel contains about 1,000 PBS programs including the entire Downton Abbey series.

All Passport videos are available in lists and search when localized to supported stations. Non-Passport members are shown an upsell when attempting to play Passport videos.unnamed-2

In addition, the update includes improved navigation that allows for a fluid movement across the screen. A simplified UI is in place to make finding content and station info easier.

 

Arts In Context Shorts Puro Chingón

AICS PURO CHINGON GROUP-2Three Austin, Latino artists: Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi, James Huizar and Claudia Zapata are changing the tradition of art through experience and happenings, not just art.

In 2012, The Puro Chingón Collective was born, which set off to break the traditional art space and aimed it towards the exterior of the art space, resulting in connectivity among the art and bystanders. The collective is a Latino art trifecta specializing in happenings, the activation of nontraditional spaces, designer toys and art zines. Ultimately, the art work goes untouched from the artist to the public and illustrates that people are not alone in their thoughts.

 

 

 

In the Studio: Jane Harman tapes Overheard 7/25

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jane Harman. 

Date: Monday, July 25

Time: 12:45 pm (Doors open at 12:15 pm)

Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now. (Entrance is based on capacity)

unnamedJane Harman is a former US Representative for California’s 36th district. After resigning from Congress in 2011, Harman joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as its first female President and CEO. During her nine terms in Congress she served on the Armed Services, Intelligence and Homeland Security committees. Harman is the recipient of numerous awards for distinguished service, including the CIA Agency Seal Medal and the CIA Director’s Award.

Postcards From the Great Divide: A new short film series

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This week PBS Election 2016 initiative and The Washington Post released, Postcards from the Great Divide, a series of nine documentaries examining the deeply partisan split among the American electorate.

On July 11, the first five Postcards launched simultaneously on PBS’ Election 2016 website and on The Washington Post’s political vertical The Fix. Later this summer, the following four documentaries will launch and all nine Postcards will broadcast on PBS World Channel. Watch online now

Each Postcards takes place in a different American city to help provide a greater understanding of how changing demographics and political self-sorting will continue to have a profound effect on American politics for years to come.

According to the Political Postcards website, each documentary brings a specific political issue to life, and provides an in-depth look at a specific demographic or partisan environment. Black voters in Florida hesitating to vote; urban and rural Minnesota residents distancing themselves based on political views; Wisconsin ex-legislators ruing the intense ideological splits that have turned the once congenial state into a partisan battleground – stories like these come alive in the hands of a roster of talented documentary filmmakers.

Postcards from the Great Divide is brought to you by the award-winning team of Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Paul Stekler, who have been responsible for some of the most respected political documentaries of the past twenty years. They are two-time Peabody Award and three-time DuPont-Columbia Award winning creators of such films as Vote for Me: Politics in America, Getting Back to Abnormal, and People Like Us.

Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Latino Public Broadcasting. Midnight Films and the Center for New American Media will produce.

Memories, delusions and dreams: Our picks from PBS Digital Studios

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There is so much we know about how our brain works, knowing these facts scientists and doctors can now figure out what’s wrong with our brains when something unusual happens. In this week’s picks from PBS Digital Studios, watch three episodes of Brain Craft and explore how memories shape the criminal justice system, delusions and if dogs dream.

Can Your Memory Make a Murderer? – Brain Craft 

After watching Netflix’s Making a Muderer Vanessa Hill, Brain Craft host, had some interesting questions about the documentary. In this episode, Hill will explore false memories, incorrect eyewitness testimonies and false confessions along with their connection with the criminal justice system.

The Truman Show Delusion – Brain Craft

At one point in your life you’ve probably dreamt of being famous, right? Well, for some individuals being the center of attention has driven them to point of delusions. Scientists and doctors have named it the ‘Truman Show Delusion.’ Much like the 1998 film, The Truman Show, these individuals think everything and everyone around them is part of a television show; when in reality their mind can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not. In this episode of Brain Craft, Hill will explore this symptom of Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia.

Do Dogs Dream? – Brain Craft 

On average, dogs sleep for about 14 hours a day. Yeah, that’s a long time. Consuming so much sleep makes you wonder if dogs dream. Watch this episode of Brain Craft to find out!

Highlights KLRU-Q 7/8

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Fly away with KLRU-Q with four binge worthy programs featuring the life of birds!

Wild! “The Secret Routes of Migratory Birds” – airs at 8:05 pm 

One man leads a group of young geese on their first ever migration in an attempt to discover why fewer birds are making the pilgrimage. This is the story of Christian Moullec, filmmaker and bird obsessive. After he incubates, hatches and raises a flock of geese they imprint upon him, following him wherever he goes.

Secret Life of Pigeons airs at 9 pm 

Every day, pigeons aimlessly walk and fly around cities, much to the ire of the urban citizen. Behind the pigeon’s seemingly mindless doddering, pecking and plodding is a secret life and a noble past. Secret Life of Pigeons gives a whole new perspective on these misunderstood urban creatures, revealing their complexity, intelligence and incredible contributions to humankind. From scientific starting point to high society entertainer, this program sheds light on a misunderstood bird, recovering their former glory and capturing their lives in ways never seen before.

From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinctionairs at 10 pm 

The centenary of this recent extinction offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this film to sharply focus new attention on habitat conservation and species survival-and help us avoid the fate of the passenger pigeon for future species. With cutting-edge CGI animation techniques, From Billions to None will recreate the glory of passenger pigeons in flight as well as the ways in which our 19th century ancestors destroyed them all- with ruthless, no-limits shooting.

Lost Bird Projectairs at 11 pm 

The Lost Bird Project charts sculptor Todd McGrain’s efforts to memorialize five birds – the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, Passenger Pigeon and Heath Hen – driven to extinction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The captivating nature documentary follows McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy, as they embark on a road trip in search of the last-known locations of the birds and seek permission to install McGrain’s six-foot-tall bronze sculptures on those sites.

PBS 2016 Online Film Festival

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For the past four years the PBS Online Film Festival has delivered some of the most powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. Now, attracting more than 1.5 million video stream in its first four years as well as nominations in the Webby Awards, PBS will return for a fifth year on July 11-29, 2016.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations and ITVS and POV. Starting July 11, viewers can once again watch, vote and share their favorites. This year’s festival includes collaborations with a wide variety of public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Wisconsin Media Lab and Vision Maker Media.

Beginning July 11, the festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. All 25 independent films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.

Viewers are encouraged to watch, share and vote for their favorite film by going to: pbs.org/filmfestival. The film with the most votes will receive the “PBS People’s Choice” award. Additionally, for the first time ever, viewers can vote for their favorite film by logging onto their Facebook or Twitter account and sharing their favorite film titles using the #PBSolff. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

KLRU has three local films competing this year: The Superlative Light, Peppermint and The Scar.

 

The Superlative Light
by Ben Steinbauer
Documentary photographer, Robert Shults, went from being a homeless
dreamer to a home-owning artist after taking photos of the brightest
light source in the known universe, a laser in basement of the physics
department at The University of Texas.

Peppermint
by Jay Hubert
6-year-old Samantha must convince her father to take her favorite pet
with them as they move away from their Texas farm.

The Scar
by Brittney Shepherd
Confined by the oppressive summer heat, a single-minded mother, and
the limits of girlhood, a young girl’s outing to the corner store
stirs an unexpected self-realization.

 

 

Highlights: Michael Mosley and Pleasure and Pain 7/5

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Follow Michael Mosley on KLRU-Q for binge worthy episodes of Make Me and Pleasure and Pain.

Make Me ‘Smart‘ – airs at 8 pm

Michael has an IQ of 135. We’re told there are lots of ways we can increase our intelligence – from drugs, to the things we eat and the music we listen to. Can Michael boost his score by 12 points in order to secure a place in Mensa, the society for bright people? Michael meets contestants in the UK Memory Championships to find out. He travels to institutes in America which use training, combined with specific diet and exercise to nurture intelligence in babies. But according to ‘America’s smartest man’ Chris Langan, intelligence is innate. He participates in a neurofeedback session and plays specially designed video games – all in a bid to up his IQ. But will it work?

Make Me ‘Stay Awake‘ – airs at 8:50 pm 

We all crave more sleep, but with scientific advancements, do we now really need it? Michael has learned that a new wave of drugs promises to do for sleep what the contraceptive pill did for sex – unshackle it from nature. He goes on a journey to experience what it’s like to put aside the conventional eight hours sleep – and keep awake for as long as possible. He meets the world record breaker Tony Wright who can go up to 12 days without sleep; dips into the world of sleep endurance competitions; and in Canada meets a man who claims that a recent pharmaceutical invention, Modafinil, allows him to fully function and work a 20-hour day with just a few naps.

Make Me ‘Live Forever‘ – airs at 9:40 pm 

Global warming, wars, economic meltdown… While the future of our species seems to be hanging by a thread, the future for individuals looks bright. Michael goes on a journey to the logical conclusion of modern medicine: triumph over death. He visits Cambridge academic Aubrey de Grey who is offering prize money for the scientist who can most effectively rejuvenate ageing mice. But Michael wants more than longevity – he is seeking immortality. He witnesses the application of stem cell work – restoring vision, constructing new organs – which offers the chance of replacing body parts. And using the latest research, some of Michael’s cells are made immortal.

Pleasure and Pain – airs at 10:30 pm

With his customary wit, wisdom and willingness to get involved, Michael Mosley gets to grips with the fascinating worlds of pleasure and pain. Teasing out the precise neural circuitry that allows us to experience pleasure, Michael discovers how pleasure is at the root of our ability to make sense of the world, and how it reinforces healthy behaviours such as eating, having sex and keeping warm. Michael talks to new parents high on the pleasure hormone oxytocin; challenges his fear of heights with the thrill-seekers who jump 220 metres off a dam for fun; and meets a woman who turned her own wedding into a science experiment to try to find out how much pleasure she was feeling. He also investigates the inextricable link between pleasure and pain, eating a year’s worth of chocolate to investigate the precise moment when pleasure turns to pain and finding out what effect a reward has on our ability to tolerate pain.