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Truly CA

KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:06:53 +0000


Forever, Chinatown

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:57:49 +0000

San Francisco artist Frank Wong is a 3-D memorialist. He has spent the last four decades crating his memories in miniature form, pulling inspiration from his life, family and city. His dioramas — each not much larger than a shoebox —reflect a life he once knew and encapsulate monuments of Chinatown’s past with vibrant romantic … Continue reading Forever, Chinatown

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Screaming Queens

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Screaming Queens introduces viewers to a diverse cast of former prostitutes, drag entertainers, police officers, ministers and neighborhood activists, all of whom played a part in the events leading up to San Francisco's Compton's Cafeteria riot of 1966.

Last Day of Freedom

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 04:00:26 +0000

Bill Babbitt supported the death penalty until it came knocking at his door. In this richly animated personal narrative, one man makes a decision to stand by his brother in the face of war, crime and capital punishment.

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First Friday

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:00:44 +0000

Oakland has been rated a top travel destination ... and one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. Once a month, those two realities meet at First Friday, an immersive art and community experience.

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Everything Comes from the Streets

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 02:00:00 +0000

The origins and history of lowriding in San Diego and the borderlands are chronicled in Everything Comes from the Streets, including the creative men and women who pioneered and shaped the unique car customizing tradition among Chicano and Mexican communities.

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 01:00:00 +0000

Plagues and Pleasures explores the economic, political and environmental issues that face the Salton Sea, a one-time vacation destination for the rich and famous now occupied by an eccentric and individualistic populace.

Gumby Dharma

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

At once quirky and colorful, heartbreaking and redemptive, Gumby Dharma takes us on a journey through the life and career of spiritual seeker Art Clokey, whose famous characters, Gumby and Pokey, and Davy and Goliath, echoed the spiritual path of their creator.

Sons of a Gun

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Sons of a Gun tells the story of Lance, Craig and Ubaldo, who live with schizophrenia. They also live with Larry, their troubled alcoholic caregiver. Though not related by blood, this unlikely family has been together for 20 years.


Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:00:28 +0000

Stand depicts South LA residents using krump dancing to take a stand and is part of the episode Truly CA Shorts: State of Discovery, which features five short films exploring the California experience.

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It Came from Kuchar

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:00:00 +0000

By the 1960s, twins George and Mike Kuchar were shaping the underground film scene alongside Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger. It Came from Kuchar interweaves the brother's lives, their admirers and a 'greatest hits' of Kuchar clips into a hilarious and moving tale.


Fri, 01 Apr 2016 20:00:00 +0000

View Brian Favorite's short film, Heklina, which profiles the hostess of Trannyshack, San Francisco's longest running, current drag show.

Witch Hunt

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 19:01:00 +0000

Sean Penn narrates Witch Hunt, a startling indictment of the American justice system. Dozens of innocent, working class parents in Bakersfield, California are wrongly convicted of child molestation as a result of severe misconduct and "cowboy law enforcement" perpetuated under the watch of Kern County's District Attorney in the 1980s.


Fri, 01 Apr 2016 18:00:32 +0000

The people of Darwin, CA (population 35) coexist without government, a church, jobs or children. Together with their fellow outsiders and eccentrics, they enjoy the freedom of isolation in California's Death Valley.

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Bob and the Monster

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0000

In this story of a rise and fall from fame, rock musician Bob Forrest's life-threatening struggle with heroin addiction and his transformation into a drug counselors is profiled. Bob and the Monster features interviews with Courtney Love and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.