Join KLRU, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), and UT LULAC on November 28 at 5:30 p.m. in GWB 2.206 on the UT Campus for a screening of “Willie Velásquez: Your Voice is Your Vote.”
Today there are over 27 million eligible Latino voters registered to vote in the United States. One man – Willie Velásquez helped pave the way for the continually increasing power of Latinos at the polls when he founded the Southwest Voters Registrations and education project in the 1970s.
With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velásquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote in America. This is the story of how a young boy growing up in the poor barrio of San Antonio Texas, questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city government, grew up to be a student activist leader in the center of the Civil Rights Movement for Latinos, and then became a young Latino statesman, leading one of the most important efforts in the history of Latino empowerment in America. The film looks at Latino millennials and how their future vote will affect the American political landscape and at contemporary issues facing Latinos today and how that translates to the ballot box.
Join us on August 2 as we close our POV Documentary Screenings with What Tomorrow Brings.
This film go deep into the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village. Never before have fathers allowed their daughters to gain an education; now Taliban threats heighten their misgivings. From the school’s beginning is 2009 to its first graduating class in 2015, this film will take you through the stories of students, teachers, parents, village elders and the school’s founder Razia Jan. While the girlslearn 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.
Join us on July 12 as we continue our POV Documentary Series with the heartfelt documentary Thank You for Playing.
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.
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center are teaming up to present a preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary, Jackie Robinson.
This two-part, four-hour documentary tells the story of the first African American player in Major League Baseball, his struggle for respect in a league dominated by white men and his battle to make all African Americans first class citizens through his athleticism.
The screening will include a 40-minute preview of the documentary and a reception will precede the screening. The event will be held at George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center Theater at 1161 Angelina St. in Austin. On Feb. 23, the reception will start at 6:30 pm and the screening will start at 7 p.m. On March 6, the reception will start at 3 p.m. and the screening will be at 3:30 p.m.You do not need to RSVP. Admission is based on when capacity is reached.
Join us for a screening of Austin Revealed: Pioneers from the East
Join KLRU and the Asian American Resource Center as we premiere the latest videos from our ongoing Austin Revealed series. The new videos explore the first Chinese families to settle in Austin. Produced in partnership with the Austin History Center, these videos tell the stories of four generations of prominent Chinese American families still living in Central Texas through first person interviews and archival material.
Wednesday, May 27th
Doors 6:30pm | Screening & discussion 7-8pm
Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78754
Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic group in Texas and nationwide, outpacing Hispanics. While most of this growth is due to recent immigration, the first wave of Asianmigration goes back to the mid 1800’s, when Chinese workers were brought in to work in gold mines and on the railroad. Some of these workers settled in Texas, but in a state that is fanatic about preserving and celebrating its history, very little is known about these pioneering AsianAmericans.
Austin Revealed is an ongoing video project that highlights stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.
KLRU, Austin Film Festival and the Bullock Texas State History Museum present preview screenings and discussions of three POV films scheduled to air later this year on KLRU. Art and Craft on June 10th, Web Junkie on July 7th and Point and Shoot on August 10th. The screenings are free, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to RSVP for each film you would like to attend.
Art and Craft Wednesday, June 10th 7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum The screening is free but an RSVP is required RSVP now Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era—and he isn’t in it for the money. In the last 30 years he’s copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, then donated them to museums across the country. When a tenacious registrar discovers the ruse, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of duped professionals intent on stopping him. But Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic, driven since his teens to escape “the life of a mental patient,” and ending the con isn’t so simple. A cat-and-mouse caper told with humor and compassion, Art and Craft uncovers the universal in one man’s search for connection and respect. Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Named a Top 5 Documentary by the National Board of Review. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV. Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman; co-directed by Mark Becker
Web Junkie Tuesday, July 7th 7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum The screening is free but an RSVP is required RSVP now Internet addiction has been declared a national health crisis in China, the first country in the world to classify this evolving diagnosis. Web Junkie follows the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers whose preference for the virtual world over the real one is summed up in one jarring statement: “Reality is too fake.” Israeli filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia gained extraordinary access to a three-month military-style rehab program in Beijing, illuminating a process that, while stern, may help set a standard as the wider world comes to grips with the devastating consequences of excessive Internet use. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Web Junkie by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
Point and Shoot Monday, August 10th 7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum The screening is free but an RSVP is required RSVP now POV has broadcast every feature documentary by two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry for 10 years, starting with 2005′s Street Fight. Point and Shoot is the fourth. It follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 27-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood”. He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a three-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. When revolution broke out in Libya, he joined in the fight against Muammar Gaddafi and spent six months in solitary confinement. A co-production of ITVS. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Point and Shoot by Marshall Curry
Join KLRU, the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Latino Public Broadcasting for a preview screening of Hector Galan’s new film Children of Giant.
DATE: Thursday, April 2 TIME: 7 pm reception, 7:30 pm film screening LOCATION: Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. (map) RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now (Admission is based on capacity.)
Galan will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A about the film. In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. This film will air as part of the Voces series on PBS stations nationwide. Learn more about this year’s Voces presentations
Join KLRU for a special screening of the PBS documentary Getting Back to Abnormal directed by Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker & Peter Odabashian
DATE: Monday, July 14
TIME: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler’s newest PBS documentary, co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Peter Odabashian, presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? Stekler will be in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience questions. Film screening will begin at 7 pm. Light food and beverages will be served starting at 6:30 pm.
Getting Back to Abnormal is a look at the state of New Orleans politics and culture more than five years after Hurricane Katrina. Set against the 2009-2010 local political season, the election of the first white mayor in a generation, and the triumph of the Saints football team, the film is structured around the city’s complicated and ever-present race issue. Mixing fly-on-the-wall verité footage with interviews, the film charts the next chapter of life in New Orleans, including politics (a divisive city council race); housing (the destruction of the city’s housing projects and the rise of new neighborhoods like Brad Pitt’s eco-friendly Make It Right experiment in the flood-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward); cultural self-awareness (the HBO series Treme); and the stories of individual New Orleanians both maintaining and reinventing their lives.
This event is in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV. View the site at pbs.org/pov
Join us for a special preview screening of American Experience War of the Worlds with Director Cathleen O’Connell and American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels in attendance.
DATE: Tuesday, October 15th TIME: 7 pm LOCATION: Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
With the CBS radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” serving as its narrative spine, American Experience War of the Worlds examines the elements that together created one of the biggest purported mass hysteria events in U.S. history. Public outcry, forever immortalized in thousands of letters written to CBS, the FCC and Mr. Welles himself, are dramatized in on-camera interviews, bringing to life the people who listened that night to the broadcast and thought it was either awfully good fun or the end of the world.
Producer and Director Cathleen O’Connell and American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels will be in attendance for a post screening audience Q&A. Local cast members who participated in the reenactments will also be in the audience.
American Experience War of the Worlds will air on KLRU October 28 at 8 pm and October 31 at 9 pm.