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Video: Tuff Hedeman – Our American Cowboy | KCOS Only in El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

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Tuff Hedeman is a Legend in bull riding, who was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Richard Neale “Tuff” Hedeman – (born March 2, 1963, in El Paso, Texas) is an American retired three-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World Bull Riding Champion as well as the 1995 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Champion Bull Rider, and is the ambassador of Championship Bull Riding (CBR).

Written, Directed and Produced by
Roman G. Robles

Executive Producer
Xavier Vazquez

Music
Befun – The Town Shop
Clarity – Ian Post
On The Way – Ian Post

KCOS Annual ‘PBS Kids Writer Contest’ Underway

KCOS’ annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is now underway for kids in the El Paso and Las Cruces area.

Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, the contest empowers children in grades K-5 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories

“KCOS is committed to helping El Paso & Las Cruces area children build valuable literacy skills through fun, hands-on opportunities to express their creativity and explore their imagination, said Emily Loya,  General Manager,  KCOS.

Loya adds, “Through providing opportunities for kids in our border region to learn and explore through creative writing, KCOS is making a commitment to its children and their long term success, in school and in life.”

The Contest, made possible in part by local financial support from El Paso Electric, Superior Health Plan, and El Paso Kids Inc.   

Children in the El Paso/Las Cruces area can submit their entries to the KCOS PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Volunteer judges from the UTEP Department of Teacher Education will select local winners and award prizes including free books, gift certificates to local kid-friendly businesses, and PBS Kids prizes in May 2018.

Local winners’ stories will be published on www.kcostv.org, as well as on El Paso Herald-Post, and recognized in the May edition of the El Paso Kids Inc.  

Additionally, any classroom or community organization that submits at least five stories will be entered for a chance to win a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog.  PBS LearningMedia also offers a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.  

The contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, parents and teachers which can be found online. Story ideas, activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries are available on the Contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process.

 To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit www.kcostv.org/write.  The deadline for entries is April 6, 2018. 

 

Video: The Sun Bowl: El Paso’s Premiere Event | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

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The Sun Bowl is one of the oldest traditions in college football storied history, with the first Sun Bowl played on January 1st, 1935 as a fundraising event for a local club, and has grown into one of El Paso’s top national attractions. With its stadium nestled between two mountains, it has become a piece of Southwestern sports history.

Directed, Edited and Motion Graphics by Tony Dueñez (Sir Realistic Productions
Music by Mano Sol

Thanks to Hyundai Sun Bowl

Executive Director – Bernie Olivas

Marketing Director – Jay Pritchard

Media Relations Director – Eddie Moralos

Video: Club101 | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

There was a club that truly redefined an era in music and pop culture, CLUB 101. Club 101 hosted bands such as Nine Inch Nails, No doubt and Blue October.

In this mini-doc, We explore the historical significance the club had towards El Paso and talk to the people that experienced it.

Produced by Bored Film Studios
Directed by Jorge Barahona
Edited by Frank Acosta & Jorge Barahona
Original Music by Enrique Ponce – Composer
Music Mix Engineer Nitish Kulkarni
Joe Dorgan

Video: Pachucos: A Culture of Unity | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

“Pachucos” features direct access to those in the local Pachuco scene who are responsible for keeping the culture and legacy alive.

Filmmaker Viridiana Villa follows the current scene of the Chicano subculture that was born in El Paso, during the 1940s, and shares how being a Pachuco today is not only all about dressing up but having a deep-seeded root in community support and identity.

Directed and Produced by Viridiana Villa

Music by Roberto Portillo Lincoln Park

Production by Bobbie Ramirez

Translator by Brian Craig Ceely

Special Thanks 915 Pachucos & Pachucas Unidos David Gonzalez

Video: The Spiritual Warriors: Danza Omecoatl | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

The Spiritual Warriors of Danza Omecoatl is a local group of individuals that hold fast to their ancestral Aztec traditions. This tight group, who considers each other family, are one with the earth and one with keeping tradition alive. They have amazing personal stories, gorgeous ceremonies and beautiful dances.

Directed and Produced by Christina Pietrowski

Edited by Dan Gross

Directors of Photography Christina Pietrowski, David Corral

Camera Operator David Corral

Music Blessed Be Man

Video: Dinosaur Tracks: Evidence of an Ancient Beach | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

El Paso is the site of hundreds of dinosaur tracks, namely at the base of Mt. Cristo Rey. What did El Paso look like before humankind evolved?

Produced by DoubleScope Films

Produced by: Megan O’Toole-Pitts

Directed by: Megan O’Toole-Pitts & Alan Esparza

Director of Photography: Alan Esparza

Aerial Photography: Carlos Luevano

Visual Effects: Carlos Luevano

Edited by: Alan Esparza Music: Mattox

Special Thanks to Eric Kappus, Robert Ardovino

 

Video: A Depth of Talent | KCOS’s Only In El Paso – Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

Star City Studios is one of the few creative spots in El Paso that not only give a place for artists to showcase their work, but also engage the creative community to progress all aspects of becoming a professional artist.

Produced by DoubleScope Films

Jesús Nunez –  Creative Director

Jaime Blanco – Founder/Cinematographer

 

VIDEO: Connect to Nature | KCOS’s Only in El Paso Season 4

Only In El Paso is a series of shorts produced, directed and edited by local filmmakers. Cruise around the channel to learn about our culture, community and landscape that makes El Paso so unique.

Heritage Park sits upon an Archaic-period archaeological site, wetlands, and a desert botanical garden. The 4,500-year-old site is one of the oldest villages in the United States. The wetlands are home to many birds, and over 200 species have been spotted there on their seasonal migrations.

The botanical garden features a variety of native plants, and includes a pavilion and a replica of an Archaic period brush hut. The newest component, The Chihuahuan Desert Experience, is a work in progress that will allow visitors to stroll the 900-mile (1,400 km) length of desert over a 17-acre recreation of the plant indigenous life.

Produced by Roberto Tribune

Production Assistant Jorge Flores

Curious George, Dinosaur Train Visit for the 3rd Annual PBS Kids Fiesta

KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, will once again host the 3rd annual PBS Kids Fiesta  from noon to 5 p.m. on December 2, 2017 at the El Paso Convention Center.

Thanks to support from The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital, Texas Education Agency (TEA), Start Smart Texas and other local sponsors, families will have the chance to meet and take their photo with Curious George and Buddy from Dinosaur Train.

Children and families can enjoy an exciting day of live music, dance performances, as well as many fun educational activities and games.

Via a news release, KCOS officals shared, “The purpose of the PBS Kids Fiesta is to provide a fun environment for families and children to have access to important educational resources. Alongside the wonderful performers that are attending the event are going to be educational agencies and organizations that promote healthy child development and early childhood literacy.”

“One of the main goals of the event is to empower parents with the necessary tools to sculpt their child’s success.”

At the event, parents can sign up for the Start Smart Texas texting pilot program to receive free parenting tips texted to their mobile phones. Families that sign up for the texting will receive a free book.

Start Smart Texas empowers parents with tips that inspire positive interactions between caregiver and child to promote healthy brain development, early literacy and reading skills.

Start Smart Texas, a component of Governor Greg Abbott’s Texas Public Elementary School Reading Initiative – Texas Readers – which was announced earlier this year, is a parent-focused initiative designed to work with families, community leaders and schools to promote the role of parents in making any time a learning time. To learn more, visit the Start Smart Texas webpage.

Revamped ‘High Q’ Kicks Off 34th Season Thursday Night on KCOS

The long-running KCOS show High Q is hours away from launching its 34th season. The popular show, now running for nearly three and a half decades, features El Paso-area high school student-teams competing against one another in academic trivia.

The reigning championship team, Coronado High School, was recently recognized as one of the top academic teams in the country in 2015.

Notable El Paso alumni who were past competitors in High Q include Kauffman Fellow and Co-Work Oasis owner Beto Pallares, as well as Metropia community manager Tania Chozet.

High Q, now under the direction of PBS El Paso’s new creative director Frank Luna, has undergone some major revamping.

“We’ve completely redesigned the set, re-wrote the main theme, changed out the buzzer sounds, and have included some aesthetic tweaks that I think the people of El Paso will really appreciate,” says Luna.

The team who made the creative transition possible include director Rod Velarde and production assistant Mario Ramirez, who physically built the redesigned set in just a few months after collaborating with Luna, as well as production assistant Maribel Padilla, who assisted with technology.

Creative director Frank Luna, an El Paso native who recently moved back to El Paso from San Diego, California, said that he was enthralled by the growth and development that had occurred in El Paso since his original departure to New York City to start his video production company JVP Productions 15 years ago.

In our interview, Luna added: “It’s amazing to see just how much our city has grown over the past few decades. I’m always excited when I meet students who want to pursue a career in the arts. It’s something that we should be continually supporting in our youth.”

Luna’s personal project, thChrch, recently opened its doors to a 6,000 sq. ft. creative space next to Lincoln Park (3900 Rosa.) Luna explained that the mission of thChrch (not religious) is to build an entrepreneurially-minded community around music, art, and film.

“Serving as the creative director at PBS and creating thChrch and have been two of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had,” says Luna. “The most important thing that projects like High Q allow us to do is support the interests, passions, and endeavors of our youth, however unique they may be.”

Season 34 of High Q premiers Thursday, October 19 at 8:00pm on PBS El Paso channel 13. Previous episodes of the show can also be streamed at kcostv.org

KCOS Annual Art Auction Set for this Weekend

The KCOS Art Auction is back for 2017 and will feature more than 120 pieces available for bidding during this year’s televised event, scheduled for April 22, 23 and 29.

Some of the area’s most renowned artists are represented in this auction, including Hal Marcus, Mauricio Mora, Lyubov and Aleksander Titovets, Rudy Montoya and many more. To preview the pieces and select favorites, visit the virtual gallery online at the KCOS website.

For those community members who may be out of town or otherwise occupied during the auction, they can call KCOS (915-590-1313) and set up proxy bidding on any artwork.

For over 30 years, KCOS has hosted an annual Art Auction in support of public television serving El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez.

In addition to the auction, KCOS hosts a juried art show awarding prizes in the following four categories and a Best in Show.

Local Flavor – a celebration of the best of the Paso del Norte region in all mediums

Figurative – a celebration of human form and representations of animals.

Still Life and Landscapes – still life and non-regional landscapes in all mediums.

Contemporary & Mixed media – abstract, non-objective works, three dimensional works in all media, including photography and functional art.

A  list of the winners, along with pictures of the award-winning art can be found HERE.  More details about the auction process, high resolution images of the art, schedules, and artist bios are online.

KCOS Retro Closet Sale Details

Due to popular demand KCOS has decided to continue the post-Christmas Sales Spirit!

The sale has been held over and will now run through Friday, January 6th

Packed from floor to ceiling with all sorts of PBS goodies from shows and concerts from the last 25 years, you’re sure to find a deal.  All the songs you love or the documentary you missed, it’s sure to be in our retro closet and on sale.

Books, DVD’s and CD’s will go for only $5, VHS tapes for $2 and brand-new cassettes will be FREE with purchase!  There’s also a few albums, some arts & craft kits sprinkled in there – honestly as we move boxes more surprises pop up (Double album from Lawrence Welk, anyone?)

Our marvelous retro closet is located at our offices, right behind the Fountains at Farah. Check out the map for instructions on how to get there.

Red route: Go to Viscount, turn at the light ‘EPCC Admin Center;’ head downhill, turn RIGHT at the end of the wall. Go straight through the back of the building. Parking is by the door or alongside wall.

Green route: Via I-10, exit Hawkins, Turn RIGHT at Farah Mall entrance, turn LEFT at stop sign (before Best Buy) go straight at 2nd stop sign, Parking is by the door or alongside wall.

Courtesy Google Earth
Courtesy Google Earth

 

Video: Mud People: The Tigua Tribe from the Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur |Only in El Paso by KCOS

Part Three of our ‘Only In El Paso’series continues, this week focusing on the Tiguas.  Mud People: The Tigua Tribe from the Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur by Christian Montes

Discover the history and culture of what is now known as Ysleta del Sur Pueblo through this documentary-style video about the Tiguas way of life, their legacy, their dances, and traditions.

Video: El Paso’s Star | Only in El Paso by KCOS

Since 1940, the Franklin Mountains have held an electric star above the city of El Paso. Discover the history of this El Paso landmark and it’s connection to the Iran hostage crisis. El Paso’s Star by Jake Alexander Bryant, Jake Bryant Films.

Season THREE has started and we are bringing new episodes every Wednesday.

Only In El Paso, launched in the summer of 2014 with 10 digital videos sharing stories of people and places you can experience only in El Paso. Each episode tells a unique and positive story about someone or something that can be experienced Only In El Paso. Local filmmakers and topics are selected through a competitive process.

Now in it’s third season, KCOS is excited to share even more stories of local history, culture, arts, and personalities of our region

Season Three

* The Architecture of Trost
* El Paso’s Star
* Mud People: The Tigua Tribe from the Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur
* What El Paso Means to Me
* Handmade Boots
* Cleofas Calleros
* Korea in El Paso
* Jennifer Han
* Fort Bliss History
* Matachines de San Lorenzo

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