The new season of Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories launches July 29

Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco

Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco

The eighth season of KQED’s Emmy Award – winning showcase for independent film features:

Beaverbrook by Matthew Callahan,
a heartwarming film about the legendary summer camp that changed lives

A Brush with the Tenderloin by Paige Bierma,
a cinema vérité documentary about a muralist’s fanciful work on one of San Francisco’s diciest street corners

It Came From Kuchar by Jennifer M. Kroot,
a stream of consciousness tale of the legendary, underground filmmaking twins, the Kuchar brothers

Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco by Austin Forbord,
an entertaining film exploring the underground roots of San Francisco’s vibrant theater scene

Sons of a Gun by Rivkah Beth Medow and Greg O’Toole,
a fascinating look at an Oakland “family” living with mental illness and searching for a home


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KQED cements its position as the premiere Bay Area showcase for independent film with the new season of its documentary series Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories. The five films selected to join an award–winning roster of documentaries about California and are as wildly diverse in style and content as the Golden State itself. The new season premieres on Sunday, July 29, at 6pm on KQED 9 with the broadcast premiere of Beaverbrook, the award–winning documentary by Matthew Callahan, about the legendary and now-defunct sleep away summer camp in Lake County, CA. The film is a heartwarming reminder of a time when camps like Beaverbrook dotted the mountains of California and, as told by those who attended the camp, made lasting impressions on countless lives. For more information, film descriptions and previews of Truly CA films, please visit

Join KQED at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater to celebrate the launch of Truly CA’s new season with a FREE screening event on Wednesday, July 25, at 8pm. The event will give attendees a sneak peek at two documentaries from season eight featuring San Francisco stories: A Brush With the Tenderloin and Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco. RSVPs are recommended and can be made by visiting Ticketed patrons will be guaranteed entry until 7:50pm. All unclaimed seats will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Please call (415) 553-2259 with questions.

Truly CA is a KQED production presented in association with Cal Humanities, which aims to find and promote the best documentaries about California. This season’s five films were selected from more than fifty submissions and will receive specifically tailored support packages, including post production services and editing equipment, technical support, web and promotional assistance and other professional development services. Since its launch in 2005, Truly CA has received two Northern California Emmy Awards.


Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories Season Eight:
(All films and broadcast dates and times are subject to change.)

Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 6pm
Filmmaker: Matthew C. Callahan
The story of Camp Beaverbook, the much-loved summer camp that operated in Northern California from 1961-1985. This often humorous film offers a poignant reminder of a more innocent time. Archival footage and former campers’ life-changing stories belie the camp’s demise and the decline of the summer camp industry, in general.

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 6 pm
A Brush With the Tenderloin
Filmmaker: Paige Bierma
This cinema vérité documentary shows what happens when a soft-spoken muralist decides to paint a fanciful mural on one of San Francisco’s diciest street corners. A diverse collection of locals with colorful personalities interact with artist Mona Caron and end up playing key roles in the mural’s evolution. Among the characters, we meet former heroin addict Lisa Demb, neighborhood kite-maker Jeff Marshall and homeless rocker ‘Indian Joe.’

Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 10 pm
It Came From Kuchar
Filmmaker: Jennifer Kroot
The twins Mike and George Kuchar became notorious for the eccentric, no-budget films they created in the 1960s and had an undeniable influence on future independent directors such as Atom Egoyan, John Waters and Buck Henry. It Came From Kuchar explores the life and work of these maverick pioneers of underground cinema.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10 pm
Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco
Filmmaker: Austin Forbord
Through compelling interviews, vivid archival footage of early performances, photographs, and video of productions, Stage Left illustrates the important, intriguing and sometimes outrageous theatrical innovations of Bay Area artists.

January 2013 (exact broadcast date to be announced)
Sons of a Gun
Filmmakers: Rivkah Beth Medow and Greg O’Toole
Though not related by blood, three schizophrenic men and their alcoholic caregiver have lived together in Oakland for 20 years. Sons of a Gun follows this unique “family” as they get evicted and scramble to find a new home.


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Cal Humanities has been bringing people together around their history and culture for more than 30 years. Cal Humanities connects Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation and shape our future.

Cal Humanities is a non-profit that promotes the humanities in California to help create “a state of open mind.” We produce, fund and support cultural experiences in media, literature, and discussion programs. Through our work, we inspire Californians to learn more, dig deeper, and start conversations that matter among our dramatically diverse people.

The new season of Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories launches July 29 10 July,2012Evren Odcikin

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