KQED’s Truly CA Announces 12th Season of Films Celebrating California

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA —KQED’s documentary series Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories returns for its 12th season with a dozen films covering topics from healing through dance to the San Francisco comedy scene of the 1980s. The new season begins Friday, June 16, 2017, at 8pm on KQED 9 with the award-winning short film Forever, Chinatown, co-presented with the World Channel’s Local, USA.  Most films will also be available to watch on Truly CA’s YouTube channel one week after each television broadcast.

Forever, Chinatown tells the story of 81-year-old self-taught artist Frank Wong, who has spent the past four decades creating lifelike miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown of his youth. His remarkable dioramas commemorate the past, documenting the transformation of a rapidly changing neighborhood from the 1940s to the present.

Other new films in this year’s season highlight stories of community, resilience and inspiration. Among the selections are FREE, an award-winning documentary that follows five Oakland teens for one year in a performance art program, and Desert Migration, a reflection on mortality and aging that focuses on a group of gay men living long-term with HIV in Palm Springs. The season also features original content from Los Angeles public media station KCET, including documentaries on migrant chefs and what it means to be an Afrofuturist.

“I have long been a fan of Truly CA as it celebrates two things I love — documentaries and California,” said KQED’s Senior Director of Television Programming, Susie Hernandez. “More than ever, audiences are hungry for content that reflects the diverse perspectives of our communities. KQED has the unique opportunity to support local and California filmmakers while delivering these stories. This new season will provide more exposure to great films, with a new timeslot; more episodes available online; a longer television season; and really thought-provoking topics. Fans love the quirky nature of Truly CA, but they also asked for documentaries that deal with weighty issues.”

Over the past 11 seasons, the Emmy Award–winning series has featured the work of many
award-winning filmmakers, including but not limited to, Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker (Screaming Queens, 2006); Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer (Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, 2007); Nick Brandestini (Darwin, 2015); and Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman (Last Day of Freedom, 2015).


For more information about Truly CA and how to submit a film, visit kqed.org/trulyca. Watch select Truly CA films on online at youtube.com/trulyca.

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12th Season Broadcast Schedule on KQED 9
Watch select films at youtube.com/trulyca one week after TV broadcast.

Friday, June 16, 8pm
Forever, Chinatown
(James Q. Chan, Corey Tong)

Friday, June 23, 8pm
Screaming Queens
(Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman)

Friday, June 30, 8pm
Desert Migration - available online  June 30
(Daniel Cardone, Marc Smolowitz)

Friday, July 7, 8pm
3 Still Standing
(Robert Campos, Donna LoCicero, Simon Rose)

Friday, July 14, 8pm|
The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto
(Martine Syms)

Friday, July 21, 8pm
Tending the Wild
(KCETLink Media Group and the Autry Museum)

Friday, July 28, 8pm
(David Collier, Suzanne LaFetra, Sara Needham)

Friday, August 18, 8pm
Con Moto
(Robert Barbarino, Soumyaa Behrens)

Friday, August 25, 8pm

Friday, September 1, 8pm
Lost LA
(KCET and the USC Libraries)

Friday, September 8, 8pm
The Migrant Kitchen
(Antonio Diaz and Nathan Sage)

Friday, September 15, 8pm
Nat Bates for Mayor
(Eric Weiss and Brad Berman)

The 12th season, which runs through September 2017, is made possible by the support of KQED members.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.