July 7, 2010
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

NPR AND KCRW LAUNCH NEW ONLINE SERIES “UPCLOSE”

SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS WITH CULTURAL FIGURES DEBUTS TODAY
WITH ACTRESS CATHERINE KEENER AND KCRW’S ELVIS MITCHELL

July 7, 2010; Washington, D.C. – Today, NPR and public radio station 89.9 FM KCRW-Santa Monica are launching UpClose, a new online series of conversations with leading figures in popular culture, filmed before an audience at NPR West in Culver City, CA. The first installment, featuring acclaimed actress Catherine Keener, is available to view today at www.kcrw.com/upclose and www.npr.org/upclose

UpClose debuts with indie-film favorite Catherine Keener in a wide-ranging and unscripted conversation with KCRW’s Elvis Mitchell, host of The Treatment. The interview was filmed on June 22 at NPR West, before an intimate audience of 100. KCRW is webcasting most of the dialogue as it unfolded; NPR has produced six distinct segments, highlighting parts of the interview with clips of Keener’s work.

The conversation follows Keener’s career and some of her most memorable roles, from meeting Spike Jonze and being cast in Being John Malkovich; to the nervousness she experiences on the first day of any movie set; to what her mother thought of her dark turn, as a murdering housewife in An American Crime. The actress also talks about the movies she loved as a child – Hitchcock and westerns top the list – and how a job with a casting agency encouraged her own acting talent. UpClose with Catherine Keener is available now at: www.npr.org/upclose and www.kcrw.com/upclose

UpClose is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between NPR and KCRW to create original cultural content on the web. Each of these distinctive events will be filmed at NPR West and hosted by on-air personalities from both KCRW and NPR. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Future events will be announced at www.kcrw.com

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About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is NPR’s flagship station for Southern California. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura Counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara Counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide via KCRW.com, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.