Nathan Cone

Director of Cultural & Community Engagement

Nathan has been with the organization since 1995.  He leads the organization's cultural and community engagement outreach and social media efforts. Nathan began at TPR working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.”  He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media.

A native of Spring, Texas, Nathan began his broadcasting career while studying at San Antonio’s Trinity University, where he majored in Communication, with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.  At Trinity University’s KRTU, he was a student manager, serving as Jazz Program Director and Operations Manager.  Nathan graduated with a B.A. in Communication from Trinity University with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.

Currently, Nathan enjoys studying classic and contemporary films, especially those of the late director Stanley Kubrick.  He's the curator of Texas Public Radio's popular summer film series, Cinema Tuesdays.  He’s a musical omnivore, with a house full of classical, rock, and jazz compact discs and LPs. His favorite classical composer is Beethoven. His favorite jazz performer is Miles Davis, his favorite rock band is The Beatles, and his favorite film is Singin' in the Rain, which he enjoys watching with his wife and two children.

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SXSW
12:24 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

SXSW 2012: Arts Education The Inspiration Behind "Hunky Dory"

Aneurin Barnard, Minnie Driver, and director Marc Evans.
Nathan Cone

For director Marc Evans, filming “Hunky Dory” was like coming home. After thrillers, documentaries, and dramas, Evans says his new film is “very much informed by the memory of being a teenager, and how much music meant to me as a teenager.” 

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SXSW
11:55 am
Wed March 14, 2012

SXSW 2012: A Feral Child, Roaming Texas in "Kid-Thing"

Sydney Aguirre as "Annie."
Courtesy Photo

Austin-based directors Nathan and David Zellner's dark fable, "Kid-Thing," screens at South By Southwest after playing the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. In the film, young Annie (Sydney Aguirre) roams the countryside of East Texas aimlessly, casually shoplifting, throwing objects at passing cars, and enjoying her freedom, while her father lays about on the couch.

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SXSW
12:56 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

SXSW 2012: 'Tchoupitoulas,' a Portrait of New Orleans by Night

Bill Ross (left) and Turner Ross (right), directors of "Tchoupitoulas."
Nathan Cone

Following their acclaimed documentary "45635," Bill and Turner Ross headed south to New Orleans, filming the city almost exclusively at night. "Tchoupitoulas" follows three brothers as they experience what Turner Ross calls a "surreal Pleasure Island."

Tchoupitoulas” is unique in its depiction of the Crescent City. The joyousness and weariness of downtown New Orleans is presented with equal measure. “These aren’t issue-based films,” Turner Ross explains. “It’s portraiture, really, and experience.” 

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SXSW
12:24 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

SXSW 2012: San Antonio Ex-Pat Filmmaker Comes Home

San Antonio filmmaker Micah Magee.
Nathan Cone

In "Heimkommen (Coming Home)," a young girl and her brother both deal with the loss of a loved one in very different ways. The film was shot in Germany, where director Micah Magee has been based for the past ten years.

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SXSW
4:09 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

SXSW 2012: Student Filmmaker Maqui Gaona, "Burn Spark"

St. Mary's Hall senior Maqui Gaona.
Nathan Cone

Senior Maqui Gaona is enrolled in the Digital Video program at St. Mary’s Hall. Her film “Burn Spark” will screen as part of the Texas High School Shorts program at SXSW this week.  The short film is set in a world where people are programmed to fall in love with only one other person.

“I kind of got the idea from lots of different interpretations of what it means to instantly connect with someone,” she says. 

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Movies
1:21 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

"Notorious" An Overlooked Hitchcock Gem

TCFHE

Among Alfred Hitchcock’s many great films, “Notorious” is one of his best, and yet I somehow get the feeling that it’s overshadowed by its more famous cousins from the 1950s and 1960s, such as “Psycho” or “The Birds.”  Released in 1946, and starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains, the film utilizes brilliant camerawork, unconventional characters, and an excellent script to deliver a nail-biting thriller that leads up to a doozy of a final scene.

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

San Antonio Soars Again with "Wings" Restoration

Left to right: Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Clara Bow, and Richard Arlen on the set of "Wings."
©Paramount Pictures

This week, a silent film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar for the first time in 85 years.  The last time that happened was at the first Academy Awards ceremony, and the picture that won was “Wings,” shot right here in San Antonio.

“Wings” is the story of two young men, played by Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen, who enlist in the Army Air Corps during World War I.  Released in 1927, it’s been sitting in Paramount’s vault for years.  After a lengthy restoration process, the film is now available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever.

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Classical Music
10:00 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Soundtrack Reviews: "War Horse" And "Tintin"

Sony Classical

Steven Spielberg has asked John Williams to score almost every single movie he’s ever directed since “Jaws,” which won Mr. Williams his second Oscar, and his first for Best Original Score.  It’s a working relationship that has lasted nearly 40 years, and given us some of the most memorable melodies of our time.

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Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Tue October 18, 2011

"The Tree of Life" Alterna-Soundtrack

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Probably my favorite movie I’ve seen so far this year, “The Tree of Life” approaches for me a kind of magical or spiritual experience. It was recently released on Blu-ray/DVD.

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TPR Cinema
10:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Julianne Moore: Mom, Actress, Author

Julianne Moore, at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
Nicolas Genin Wikimedia Commons

“In all these books, I wanted the children to solve their problems, to not have to run to an adult or authority figure to solve them.” 

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