Arts in Context

These 2 Austin filmmakers are putting women in the spotlight

These 2 Austin filmmakers are putting women in the spotlight

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts In Context. The series explores the process of creation and what it's like to be a working artist in the Austin area. You can watch more stories at

After experiencing a culture of exclusion and harassment in the filmmaking world, Austinites Samantha Skinner and Kayla Abuda Galang created FemBeat as way to express their creativity and elevate the women around them. Together, the two filmmakers create documentary shorts dedicated to amplifying the stories, perspectives, and work of feminists and self-identifying women.

“FemBeat is very liberating in the way that we are the crew, we are the bosses, and we are just so free and unquestioned — it’s awesome,” says co-founder Skinner. 

FemBeat docs premiere in Austin before streaming worldwide on YouTube. Their next short, entitled "Chingonas," will debut in April.  

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Decibel, and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

KLRU Arts in Context Fembeat
FemBeat tells the stories of Austin's women.  Courtesy of KLRU Arts in Context