LOST LA “Griffith Park: The Untold History”

New History Series 'Lost LA' Premieres on KCET

Based on KCET's L.A. as Subject web series, "Lost LA" gives voice to Southern California's buried past that has been left out of official history narratives. A co-production of KCET and USC Libraries, this new series unearths the intricate past behind modern Los Angeles through the marriage of extensive collections housed at the USC Libraries, as well among L.A. as Subject member archives, and dynamic forms of documentary storytelling. In each episode, emerging filmmakers explore a different subject, from vanished wetlands to the communities erased by the construction of Dodger Stadium.

"Los Angeles has forgotten, buried, or rewritten much of its history," says Nathan Masters, writer for L.A. as Subject and host of "Lost LA" "It's torn down landmarks, recast its Mexican past as a Spanish Romance, and written entire cultures and communities out of its official historical narratives. Drawing upon the city's archives, this series gives an authentic voice to some of those stories, bringing to light what might otherwise might be permanently lost."

The "Lost LA" three-part broadcast series, beginning on January 27, 2016 at 8:30 p.m, will be televised as follows:

 

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Wild L.A.
January 27, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.
Created by filmmakers Laura Purdy and Sara Joe Wolansky.

The premiere episode, "Wild L.A.," unwraps the complicated relationship between the city and its natural environment. The program explores the origin of the Santa Ana winds, that infamous weather phenomenon that trigger allergies, fray nerves and alarm fire-prone communities. The series also examines the demise of the grizzly bear in Southern California, an animal once revered by indigenous peoples but later targeted by Europeans as a threat to safety and security

 


 

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Before the Dodgers
February 3, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.
Created by filmmakers Ben Sax, Javier Barboza, and Amy Lee Ketchum.

Long before Sandy Koufax threw Dodger Stadium's first pitch, and even before the first residents moved into Chavez Ravine, there were the Elysian Hills. Raised up by tectonic forces, and carved into deep ravines by the ancient precursor of the Los Angeles River, these hills have meant many things to many people. They were a refuge from floods for the region's native Tongva Indians, and then a source of quarried stone soon after the city fell under American sovereignty. In this episode, "Lost LA" explores the various ways Southern California's inhabitants have used the hills around Dodger Stadium. The program looks at an old lithographic view of L.A. as drawn from an Elysian hilltop, the vanished neighborhood of Chavez Ravine, and a massive construction project that reshaped the land into a modern baseball palace.

 


 

Reshaping L.A.

Reshaping L.A.
February 10, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.
Created by filmmakers Kelly Parker, Matt Glass and Jordan Long.

It is often said that Los Angeles has buried much of its history. It has suppressed inconvenient reports, recast the plight of Mission Indians as a Spanish Romance, written entire cultures and communities out of its official historical narratives. But some of lost L.A. literally lies buried beneath our feet, hidden long ago when the city, finding the shape and character of its land wanting, opted to mold it to its needs. In this episode, "Lost LA" examines how the modern metropolis has reshaped its own topography. The program explores downtown L.A. 's lost hills and tunnels, as well as the vanished canals of Venice Beach.

LA as SubjectA collaboration between the USC Libraries and KCETLink, Lost LA features the member collections of L.A. as Subject, a research alliance dedicated to preserving and telling the sometimes-hidden stories and histories of the Los Angeles region.

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