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Los Angeles: On Film and On Record
October 1, 2020 - August 1, 2021
When: 12:00am - 11:45pm

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CSUN Library Website

Los Angeles exists in our collective cultural imagination, heavily influenced by depictions of the city on film, though it is also a place of brick and mortar; adobe and asphalt. Los Angeles: On Film and On Record is an online journey through film and archives. It examines a number of popular films that feature the City of Angels within the storyline, setting, or both, and compares these visions, interpretations, and variations of movie Los Angeles with the documentary record of real Los Angeles, using archival and other primary sources from Special Collections & Archives.

The exhibit consists of four parts. Part 1, LA Aspirations, explores its role as a hub of opportunity, while part 2, LA Critique, questions Los Angeles as a site of the American dream. Part 3, LA Living, looks at the ways films and filmmakers have attempted to depict "real" Los Angeles. Finally, Part 4, LA Aesthetic, considers ways LA's landscape, architectural features, and infrastructure appear in films, shaping perceptions of the city.

As you explore the exhibit, we encourage you to consider the choices each filmmaker made, and the version of Los Angeles they chose to present. What truths does each film contain? How do they create or reinforce stereotypes about people and places? Who is absent, misrepresented, maligned, or celebrated in narratives about the city, and why?

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Assistive Services

Requests for accommodation services (e.g., sign language interpreters or transcribers) must be made at least five (5) business days in advance. Please e-mail library.event@csun.edu in advance of the event.

 
 
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LACHS Webinar: A talk with Alison Rose Jefferson: Black Leaders of Leisure and the California Dream during the Jim Crow Era - The Implications of their Stories for Our Lives Today

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Zoom Webinar

Please join the Los Angeles City Historical Society for a webinar presentation with Alison Rose Jefferson, M.H.C. | Ph.D. In her presentation, Jefferson will give an overview of her book, Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), which takes a fresh approach to looking at the practices of relaxation, recreation and public spaces for all people at beaches, mountains, and other scenic locales holding a central place in the long freedom rights struggle. 

She will also talk about how some of the case studies and interpretations at California Beach sites in her book that are being used today to engage young people with experiential learning activities in the explorations of the African American and Mexican American experiences, heritage conservation issues, beach wildlife appreciation and stewardship, as well as aspirations to environmental justices policies involving beach assess and civic action. A key engagement activity in one of the projects that gets the immediate attention of the young people is that they get an introductory surfing lesson as part of the direct and visceral experience with the beautiful settings and beach recreation. 

For more information and registration visit: lacityhistory.org/events

11/18/2020 - 12:00 to 13:00