Los Angeles - March 10, 2011 - This month kcet.org expandsits
L.A. Riverexperience, where the Los Angeles River comes alive through
an intimate collection of interactive panoramas, first-person interviews,
mapping tools and archival imagery, showing the incredible diversity and
history of the Los Angeles River.
"This is one of the most comprehensive online
documentaries about the Los Angeles River," says Juan Devis, executive producer
of Departures. "The Departures project exemplifies KCET's
potential for innovation and increased community engagement as we rethink
The initial scope of the project included environmental
lessons and hands-on multimedia training for youth, as well as community
engagement events that captured the nuanced subjective story of the river.
Theexpanded production of
Riverincludes six new chapters - with over four hours of video content -
launching throughout the month of March:Chapter 1: "
From the Headwaters to the
Sepulveda Basin" - available now - focuses on the history of the river and
L.A.'s first residents, the Gabrieliños, who lived and worked in what is now the
Chapter 2: "Los Feliz" -
available now - follows the river as it winds pas Griffith Park and under the
Los Feliz bridge, transforming from a concrete channel into a waterway rich
with wildlife and vegetation.
Chapter 3: "Elysian Valley" -
available now - reveals the wildlife still depending on the L.A. River today.
Chapter 4: "Yangna" -
available now - looks at the history of another early American Indian
community, the Yangna.
Chapter 5: "Downtown" - launching
March 15 - follows the L.A. River's journey through the heart of Los Angeles.
Chapter 6: "Compton Creek to Long Beach" -
launching March 22 - explores the Marine Biological Reserve, a three-acre
natural wetland habitat that has been restored to mimic the original river.
L.A. Rivertakes online visitors into often neglected and nearly
forgotten portions of the river, spanning more than 50 miles of terrain,
concrete and flowing water. The project, originally launched in 2009, wasproduced by KCET in collaboration with
of the Los Angeles River(FoLAR), a non-profit organization
founded in 1986 to protect and restore the river, and with participation fromstudents at
Angeles Leadership Academy, a social justice charter school that
prepares urban secondary students to succeed in life. The River Revitalization Corporation (RRC), a
non-profit corporation charged with promoting responsible redevelopment and
revitalization of properties in the L.A. River corridor, is partnering with
KCET on the expanded installments to produce resource maps for locating the
many activities that take place along the river - from fly fishing to kayaking,
biking, and more.Community involvement also takes place offline with
StoryShare, an ongoing
series of community recording events aimed at capturing the stories of those
who live and work in the neighborhoods featured in "L.A. River." The next opportunity to participate in Departures StoryShare will be on
Saturday, April 30, from 9:00 a.m. - noon at the Sepulveda Basin Recreation
Area, as part of the City of Los Angeles' L.A. River Day of Service; and as
part of FoLAR's 22nd Annual La Gran Limpieza, the Great L.A. River Cleanup.
Event locations and information can be found at kcet.org/departures.
L.A. Riveris produced for KCET by Juan Devis, KCET Director of
Production and Program Development, and co-produced by Justin Cram, in
collaboration with FoLAR.
Departuresis sponsored by Adobe Youth Voices, The Boeing Company and the City of
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Historical Images on the website
appear courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library, SPARC and Metabolic Studios.