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|KQED Interactive Launches i5, A Documentary About Coming To California|
First Ever Documentary Produced Exclusively for the Web by KQED Available 24 Hours a Day at KQED.org/i5
San Francisco, California, August 18, 2003 -- KQED Public Broadcasting has produced and aired thousands of documentaries -- on television and radio. Now, KQED Interactive, KQED's third media platform, turns the documentary lens toward the people of California to examine what it means to be a Californian in a new documentary available only online, i5.
i5 is comprised of five Web sites, all of which can be accessed via the i5 Web site at kqed.org/i5 or at their own individual URLs (see below). Each Web site tells the very personal story of one person's journey to California, and what they found upon their arrival. These inspiring, complicated and unexpected tales of migration illuminate themes of assimilation, pride, struggle and hope.
Each of the five Web sites is a unique experience, taking a form that evokes the subject's story of coming to California. The sites are designed in a linear story form that the user can travel through and diverge from at their leisure -- and make sometimes surprising discoveries and connections along the way.
The five individual stories told within i5 are:
A photo album captures the double identity of a Valley Girl from Vietnam in TracyTimesTwo.com. This story of survival and adaptation is set against the backdrop of a place where the colonial flag of Vietnam still flies tall: Orange County, California.
The screen parts at AskDoctorChu.com, the chronicles of a Peruvian-born Chinese academic from Canada. Part prankster, part philosopher, the oracle from Ontario is a single mother, a dedicated scholar, a librarian, a Catholic and a resident of Los Angeles.
Wry humor takes on existential angst in BeigeOatmeal.com as an African-American MBA from the Big Apple struggles to adapt to his new suburban life in the booming California metropolis that sells itself as America's "finest city" -- San Diego.
The hauntingly beautiful farming valley of Salinas, California conceals the quiet history of a Mexican farm workers' wife at
MujerCatolica.com. Available in both Spanish and English, and spanning 50 years, this epic tale traces the roots of a latter-day Catholic activist as she recalls how she embraced America's freedoms with both feet planted firmly on the ground of "Salad Bowl, USA."
What if Nietzsche came back in the body of an American woman trapped inside the body of a Cuban man? Wonder no more at the adult-oriented Sexilio.com, a faux-shopping mall of exaggerated memories and exciting ideas from the fertile mind of a transgender Cuban refugee who calls San Francisco home and the world her Venus' oyster.
"KQED.org aims to use technology as a tool for engaging thought and dialogue," said Tim Olson, Director of KQED Interactive. "i5, our first online documentary, speaks to diverse populations and to issues that affect the lives of many Californians. It's original content in an original form that we hope will have meaningful impact throughout the state and beyond."
i5 is part of KQED's contribution to California Stories, an initiative of the California Council for the Humanities. As a media partner in California Stories, KQED has also contributed television, radio and web-based programming and productions. Visit kqed.org/stories for archived content and previews of upcoming activities.
Jose Marquez is the producer of i5. Ben Benjamin, Jaime Cortez and Enrique Jiménez are the segment producers.
The California Council for the Humanities began the multi-year, statewide California Stories initiative last Spring with its "Reading The Grapes of Wrath" campaign. The mission of the California Council for the Humanities is to enrich California's cultural life and strengthen communities through public use of the humanities. A state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council has supported and created programs that bring Californians together around their history and culture for more than 25 years. For more information, visit the Council's website at californiastories.org.
i5 is funded by the KQED Campaign for the Future. In response to the unfunded federal mandate to convert television broadcast technology from analog to digital, KQED Public Broadcasting has embarked on its $70 million Campaign for the Future. The initiative is an effort to secure funding from individuals, corporations and foundations for the conversion to digital technology for television and radio; the development and production of new and existing television and radio programs; and the transition of KQED's infrastructure to move toward the digital future. The KQED Campaign for the Future also encourages broad-based strategic partnerships with other organizations throughout the region.
KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.