Much of L.A.'s 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 Nathan Masters, this original series showcases emerging filmmakers whose range of techniques mirrors the diversity of their backgrounds. But a common thread runs through their films: each brings the primary sources of L.A. 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.

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Wild West

Long before Hollywood imagined the Wild West, Los Angeles was a real frontier town of gunslingers, lynch mobs, and smoke-belching locomotives. This episode examines L.A.'s efforts to reckon with its violent past by examining hanging trees, remnants of vigilant justice; the massacre of eighteen Chinese immigrants that took place in 1871 near what is now Olvera Street; and railroad promotional campaigns that painted a picture of Los Angeles as a verdant paradise.

  • 2017-10-17T13:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-18T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-18T14:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-21T07:30:00-07:00
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Building The Metropolis

Wood, iron, steel, concrete -- these are the materials that gave form to Los Angeles and shaped its identity in the national imagination. This episode also questions the cultural legacy and environmental costs of the city's relentless growth.

  • 2017-10-24T13:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-25T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-25T14:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-10-28T07:30:00-07:00
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Dream Factory

Los Angeles is often identified with Hollywood, but there's more to the entertainment industry than its facade of movie stars and blockbuster films. This episode explores the career of Lois Weber, a filmmaker who rose to greatness in a nascent film industry that welcomed women into creative leadership positions; as well as a Central Casting Bureau that capitalized on the city's segregated ethnic enclaves when filling background roles.

  • 2017-10-31T13:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-11-01T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-11-01T14:30:00-07:00
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  • 2017-11-03T04:00:00-07:00
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  • 2017-11-04T07:30:00-07:00
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Coded Geographies

What if the stories L.A. tol 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, esposing Los Angeles as a place of coded segregation and resistance.

  • 2017-11-07T12:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-08T03:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-08T13:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-08T17:00:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-10T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-11T06:30:00-08:00
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Pacific Rim

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, technilogy and cultural ideas.

  • 2017-11-14T12:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-15T03:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-15T13:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-15T16:30:00-08:00
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