Butte, America

by Pamela Roberts

Butte, America chronicles the rise and fall of a small mining town with a larger-than-life spirit — where fortunes were made and lost, and where community was precious, but life was cheap.

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California and the American Dream

By Paul Espinosa, Lyn Goldfarb, Jed Riffe, and Emiko Omori

Exploring the dynamics of culture, community, and identity in one of the world’s most diverse regions, the four-part series California and the American Dream reveals how the last 35 years of divergent social trends have changed the state’s Hollywood dreamscape image of the past.

The Campaign

by Christie Herring

The true consequences of California’s Proposition 8 vote are revealed through the deeply compelling personal stories of several men and women fighting passionately in defense of same-sex marriage.

The Carmelita Tropicana Story

by Ela Troyano

The Carmelita Tropicana Story is an experimental narrative that explores the bicultural and bilingual experiences of Latinos and Latinas living in New York.

Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story

by Jordan Mechner, Don Normark, Andrew Anderson, and Mark Moran

Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.

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Chiefs

by Donna Dewey and Daniel Junge

An observational documentary about the on- and off-court struggles of Native American basketball players at Wyoming Indian High School.

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Companeras

by Elizabeth Massie and Matthew Buzzell

Compañeras profiles America’s first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, founded in 1994.

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The Cool School

by Morgan Neville

From 1957 to 1966, the Ferus Gallery was the catalyst of modern art in Los Angeles. Launching the careers of luminaries like Warhol, Ruscha and Lichtenstein, Ferus built an art scene from scratch and transformed the cultural climate of the West Coast.

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Correction

by Michael Mulcahy

Contrasting real-life prison experiences with the training that correctional officers receive, this investigative film exposes how both officers and inmates are trapped in a deeply flawed system.

Cowboys, Indians, & Lawyers

by Julia Dengel

A Western community fights over a massive dam proposed to serve Indian-owned, coal-fired power plants, providing an intimate portrait of American pork barrel politics and Anglo-Indian relations.

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