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The West

Ishi, The Last of the Yahi.

When Ishi suddenly appeared in rural Northern California in 1911, the country was stunned. His tribe as considered extinct; Ishi had lived in hiding for forty years . As the sole survivor, he had refused to surrender. His story embodies the strength and resilience of California's indigenous people. 57 min. ;
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Jews and the Gold Rush

This program relates the history of Jewish pioneers to California during the Gold Rush, outlining their reasons for coming, and their way of life once they arrived. The history of early Jewish settlements in San Francisco and Sacramento, and in Gold Rush mining communities is explored. 1994. 40 min.

Khush Refugees

The film focuses on San Francisco's gay community where two exiles, Rahul, an immigrant from India, and Dante, an ex-marine from suburban Ohio, try to assimilate in this new foreign culture. 32 min.
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L.A. Is Burning: Five Reports from a Divided City.

One year after the Los Angeles riots, Frontline revisits the city. Tracing the chronology of events from the moment the Rodney King verdict was announced, through the next 72 hours of riots, to present day L.A. 87 min.

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Las Vegas: An Unconventional History

Traces the development of Las Vegas from its humble beginnings as a remote frontier way station to its mid-century florescence as the gangster metropolis known as 'Sin City' to its recent renaissance as the fastest growing city in the United States. Produced and directed by Stephen Ives. 2005. 180 min.

Living on the Edge: California's Coastal Erosion Dilemma

Presents footage and interviews with scientists and coastal homeowners examining the problems and possible solutions to storm damage and erosion on California's coast. Explores the importance of beaches to the California public, the natural ecosystem including the influence of El Nino, the state's tourist economy, and examines the practice of coastal "armoring" and seawall constuction. c1999. 32 min.

Los Angeles Carries the Olympic Torch

This is the story of the people and politics behind the Los Angeles Olympics. The program features an interview with Mayor Tom Bradley and a historical review of the 1932 Olympics. California Journal report; 1. 1981. (in storage NRLF: B 3 969 106)

Los Angeles Plays Itself

A video essay about how movies have portrayed the city of Los Angeles. The film looks at Los Angeles from three perspectives: first, as a background for movies, second, as a character in movies, and third, as a subject for a movie. Research/text/production, Thom Andersen. 2003. 169 min.

Los Angeles: A Fantasy Cityscape

In Los Angeles, experimental architecture is the norm. In Malibu, Edward Niles' futuristic "Space house," and the Getty Roman villa are a study in contrasts; the home of Simon Kwan in Las Flores canyon combines geometrical and deconstructionist elements; in Venice, "The Binoculars" shares proximity with eccentric beach houses and studios on Ocean Front Walk; and Frank Gehry's sculptural Walt Disney Concert Hall stands in the heart of Los Angeles.

Los Four; Murals of Aztlan: the Street Painters of East Los Angeles.

Two documentaries on key moments and figures in Chicano art. Los Four documents the first exhibition of Chicano artists held at a major art museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in 1974. Murals of Aztlan documents the exhibition of the same name at the Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles in 1981. Featured artists include Los Four (Carlos Almaraz, Gilbert "Magu" Sanchez Lujan, Roberto de la Rocha, Frank Romero), Gronk, Judith Hernandez, Willie Herron, John Valadez, and others. Released as motion pictures in 1974 and 1981. Producer, director, James Tartan. 46 min.