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Mona’s Candle Light

Date produced: 1950

Description:

"This all-too-brief film, discovered at a flea market, depicts patrons of a lesbian bar (probably in San Francisco circa 1950) and performances by drag king Jimmy Reynard and singer Jan Jensen, singing American standards, including “I’ll Remember April” and “Tenderly.” A deceptively simple document, it presents exceedingly rare images of queer life on its own turf, and on its own terms, before gay liberation." UCLA Film & Television Archive.


Schizo

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

Barclay Shaw

Description:

The noted female impersonator Charles Pierce is invited to visit to the home of Norma Desmond (of Sunset Boulevard [Billy Wilder, 1950]).


L. A. Snowstorm: Jan. Sixteen, Thirty Two

Date produced: 1932

Filmmaker(s):

Cloyd E. Louis

Description:

Footage of residential Los Angeles after a snowstorm in 1932. Opens with an Amateur Cinema League leader and a stop-motion animated title.


Long Beach Earthquake: March 10, 1933

Date produced: 1933

Filmmaker(s):

Cloyd E. Louis

Description:

"Footage of the destruction in the Long Beach area after the Long Beach Earthquake, March 10, 1933. Also discusses two theories on what causes earthquakes." Archive.org


Seeing Southern California

Date produced: 1934

Filmmaker(s):

Cloyd E. Louis

Description:

"Footage of various places in Southern California and Mexico." Archive.org


Missions of California

Date produced: 1935

Filmmaker(s):

Cloyd E. Louis

Description:

"Footage of various California missions [...] from the late 1930s." Archive.org


Wheels Across America

Date produced: 1968

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"2 part edited travelogue following young men on a bicycle trip cross country (San Francisco to New York City) with Wandering Wheels, a faith based organization. Along with the noteworthy locations they visit, such as the Four Corners and New York City, this film includes much documentation of their down time and visits to Native American and small town communities to sing and meet with the people." Chicago Film Archives.


Operation S.T.A.R.

Date produced: 1962

Filmmaker(s):

Jewell Dawson

Description:

"Footage along the American River that was used to save the American River Parkway." Sacramento Public Library.


Sky-Land Trails of the Kings

Date produced: 1940

Filmmaker(s):

David Brower

Richard Leonard

Description:

Subtitled: a story of happy days in Kings Canyon National Park.


Whalewatching Adventures in Baja California

Date produced: 1986

Filmmaker(s):

Robbins Barstow

Description:

"In January 1986, Dr. Robbins Barstow of Wethersfield, Connecticut, filmed a two-week cruise circumnavigating Mexico's Baja Peninsula. The trip included close encounters with seven different species of cetaceans -- Gray, Humpback, Bryde's, and Blue Whales, three kinds of dolphins, and giant elephant seals." Archive.org


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