Next Episode of Lost LA is
Season 3 / Episode 3 and airs on 24 October 2018 00:30
Much of Los Angeles' past is lost to history -- but we can rediscover it in the region's archives. This new series, a co-production of KCETLink and the USC Libraries, in collaboration with "L.A. as Subject," brings Southern California history to life by marrying archival materials with innovative forms of documentary storytelling. Hosted by L.A. public historian Nathan Masters of USC Libraries, this original series of three episodes showcases nine emerging filmmakers. From rotoscoping to cinema verité, the range of the filmmakers' techniques mirrors the diversity of their backgrounds. But a common thread runs through their films: each brings the primary sources of Los Angeles history to the screen in surprising new ways. What previously hidden stories will the next generation of filmmakers unearth in the collections of "L.A. As Subject" members? Tune in to find out. Each episode of Lost L.A. rediscovers a forgotten city that preceded the arrival of Anglo settlers and shows how it transformed so quickly into a sprawling, culturally diverse metropolis.
What if the stories L.A. told about itself relegated you to the margins? This episode explores two underground guidebooks -- The Negro Travelers' Green Book and The Address Book -- that reveal the hidden geographies many Angelenos had to navigate, exposing Los Angeles as a place of coded segregation and resistance.
Americans have long looked at the California shore and seen the end of the continent. Instead, this episode interprets that sandy edge as the beginning of a Pacific world — one that has long influenced Los Angeles through geology and climate, but also through the transoceanic flows of people, goods, technology, and cultural ideas.
Californians have long fought over what Yosemite means, and how to manage it. Since its birth as a park and preserve in 1864, Yosemite has become a postcard for the natural beauty of California. Each year, millions visit from around the globe to see the cliffs, waterfalls and meadows that inspire wonder and reverence of the American West. This episode explores how Yosemite has changed over time: from a land maintained by indigenous peoples; to its emergence as a tourist attraction; to the site of conflict over humanity's relationship with nature.
One of California's great international exports has been its beach culture. This episode explores how surfers, bodybuilders, and acrobats taught Californians how to have fun and stay young at the beach—and how the 1966 documentary The Endless Summer shared the Southern California idea of the beach with the rest of the world.
California's deserts have sparked the imaginations of millions of people around the world. From the famously alien landscape of Joshua Tree to the wide expanses of seemingly empty land, the desert has been seen as a place of reinvention, a blank slate to create your dream. This episode explores how those dreams have led to the man-made natural disaster that created the Salton Sea; to the effort to preserve Joshua Tree National Park; and how commercial interests and real estate developers created desert utopias like Palm Springs.
Some California dreams succeeded, creating megalopolis regions in the state's north and south. Other dreams failed, leaving nothing but ruins. This episode explores three California ghost towns: Bodie, a Mono County gold mining settlement that was preserved in time; Llano Del Rio, a socialist utopian community in the Mojave Desert; and Zzyzx, a former health spa on the way to Las Vegas.
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