Welcome to October. If you’re on the hunt for a new art film to watch, we have some suggestions. Below is a sampling of what’s new on the lineup for the ALL ARTS broadcast and streaming platforms this month. This page will be updated as programs become available on the site.
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Ilmar and Aldo are virtuoso Cuban-born brothers living on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives, poignant reunion and momentous first performances together, “Los Hermanos/The Brothers” offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.
[Debuts on PBS Oct. 1 (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. Eastern.]
In “Walk Together Children: The 150th Anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers,” Dr. Paul T. Kwami and the current singers explore the stories of the world-renowned ensemble’s original nine members and reflect on their roles as students and preservers of the group’s legacy. Directed by Jon Royal in collaboration with Dr. Kwami, the performance film is produced by Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
[Debuts on PBS Oct. 1 (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern.]
Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald hosts this special celebration of the performing arts at the Kennedy Center. The concert — held Sept. 14 — echoes the 1962 event conducted by Leonard Bernstein, “An American Pageant for the Arts,” and features special guest Caroline Kennedy and the National Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
[Debuts on PBS Oct. 1 (check local listings).]
“Austin City Limits” kicks off its 47th season with country superstar Miranda Lambert, who is joined by songwriting partners Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. The trio will share music from their collaborative album “The Marfa Tapes,” released May 7, 2021.
[Debuts on PBS (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. Eastern.]
Join us for the third entry into the four-part conversation series from the Peace Studio. Hosted by MSNBC correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner Trymaine Lee, the episode features Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Muhammad Yunus.
In this documentary from “American Masters,” discover how Rita Moreno defied racism and her humble upbringing to become one of a select group who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award (EGOT). The film charts her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.
[Debuts on PBS Oct. 5 (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. Eastern.]
“Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized” series curator Celia C. Peters moderates a live discussion of two films from the festival: “Tomb” and “Sight.” Presented as part of the “ALL ARTS Talks” series, the “Cinema of the Afrofuture” panel will feature Nick Attin (director of “Tomb”) and Janeen Talbott (director of “Sight”) to discuss their films, the realities of space travel and why representation in space travel matters, African traditions in modern life, Black futures and more. The talk will also include Ingrid LaFleur.
[Streams on the ALL ARTS Facebook page and YouTube channel Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. Eastern.]
The 34th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards honors Carlos Santana, Salma Hayek, Ivy Queen, Ron Rivera, Kali Uchis and Latina NASA engineers. The show includes performances by Juanes, Kali Uchis, Leslie Grace, Black Pumas and more.
[Debuts on PBS Oct. 8 (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern.]
“Austin City Limits” continues its season with performances from British singer-songwriter Jade Bird and Austin indie-pop artist Dayglow.
[Debuts on PBS (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. Eastern.]
Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio will serve as a communal art space on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, N.Y. The family house, built in the 1960s, will include a residency for BIPOC artists, an art studio and a library, and it will host an array of art- and history-based programs for tribe members and the broader local community. In “Ma’s House,” presented as part of the ALL ARTS initiative “The First Twenty,” photographer Jeremy Dennis discusses the evolution of Native American art and building an artist retreat.
[Debuts on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern.]
In this captivating excerpt from “Black Journal,” singer Lena Horne is interviewed by poet Nikki Giovanni. The two discuss a wide range of topics, including Horne’s divorce and remarriage to Lennie Hayton and the then-recent arrest of Angela Davis.
[Debuts on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.]
“Austin City Limits” continues its season with a concert from Grammy and Oscar-winning musician Jon Batiste, backed by an 18-piece band.
[Debuts on PBS (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. Eastern.]
Based on correspondence with his sister in exile, “Letters to Eloisa” recounts the life of Cuban literary great José Lezama Lima, author of a homoerotic novel “Paradiso,” and tells the story of his silencing by the Cuban revolutionary government.
[Debuts on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern.]
Becoming Helen Keller
Revisit the remarkable career and life of an icon who became a human rights pioneer. Presented by “American Masters.”
[Debuts on PBS Oct. 19 (check local listings).]
Sarah Jarosz and Billy Strings
“Austin City Limits” continues its season with performances from Sarah Jarosz, who presents selections from “World on the Ground,” and Billy Strings in a set that includes tunes from “Home” and the upcoming “Renewal.”
[Debuts on PBS (check local listings) and on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. Eastern.]
Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized – “Sight”
The “Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized” festival continues with Janeen Talbott’s “Sight.” In a technologically advanced future where mankind relies on spirits for guidance, Naji Bloom’s tribe is in crisis. When she learns the culprit behind the panic is close to home, Naji must decide whether she will save her people.
[Debuts on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. Eastern.]
Brandy Clark and Charley Crockett
“Austin City Limits” continues its season with performances from Country Music Award-winner and eight-time Grammy nominee Brandy Clark and Texas country singer Charley Crockett.
[Debuts on PBS Oct. 30 (check local listings).]
Top Image: Still from "Los Hermanos/The Brothers"