The new season of Truly CA premieres Sep. 15.

The Emmy Award-winning series, produced by KQED, features five independent documentaries about life in the Golden State:

Rabbit Fever
A hare-raising coming-of-age story of six teenagers at the National American Rabbit Convention.

Witch Hunt
Executive Producer Sean Penn narrates this startling indictment of the American justice system.

Stable Life
A high-stakes film about family, immigration and life on the now-closed Bay Meadows racetrack.

Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess
Henry Rollins narrates the story of the ultimate SF punk goddess: Marian Anderson of the Insaints.

A Lovely Day
Nine young Oakland rappers find their voice and a possible future in the Beats Rhymes and Life Program.

KQED is proud to announce the new season of its Emmy Award-winning series Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories featuring independent documentaries about life in California.The five films featured are as wildly diverse in style and content as the Golden State itself. The new season premieres on Sunday, September 15, at 6pm on KQED 9 with the broadcast premiere of Rabbit Fever, the popular documentary by Amy Do, and continues the following four Sundays at 6pm. For more information, film descriptions and previews of Truly CA films, please visit

The five documentaries scheduled to premiere on KQED 9 with the ninth season of Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories are:

Rabbit Fever Sunday, September 15, at 6pm
Filmmaker: Amy Do
Join the hare-raising fun as six teenagers compete to win the top titles of Rabbit King and Queen at the National American Rabbit Convention. Offering a candid glimpse into the background and lifestyle of the rabbit showing industry, it’s also a unique tale of youth giving this underappreciated hobby everything they’ve got.
Witch Hunt Sunday, September 22, at 6pm
Filmmakers: Dana Nachman and Don Hardy
Sean Penn narrates this startling indictment of the American justice system. The hard-hitting documentary profiles dozens of innocent working class parents in Bakersfield, California, who were wrongfully arrested during a 80s wave of sex abuse accusations.
Stable Life Sunday, September 29, at 6pm
Filmmaker: Sara MacPherson
Dionicia lives in the stables at the now-closed Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo and works long hours caring for racehorses, while her teenage son José Luis is turning heads as a hotshot apprentice jockey. Dionicia and José Luis have gambled their futures on the hardscrabble sport of horse racing. Will they succeed or will their lack of immigration papers prevent them from achieving the stable life of their dreams?
Last Fast Ride Sunday, October 6, at 6pm
Filmmaker: Lilly Scourtis Ayes
Marian Anderson was San Francisco’s punk goddess as the provocative lead singer of the Insaints. A victim of sexual abuse and a teenage runaway, she notoriously exorcised her demons on stage with ferocity akin to her contemporaries Naked Aggression and Bikini Kill. But to those who knew Anderson personally, she was a generous, sweet and soft-spoken woman who lived each moment fearlessly until her tragic overdose in 2001. Narrated by Henry Rollins.
A Lovely Day Sunday, October 13, at 6pm
Filmmaker: Kerri Gowryn
With their futures at risk, nine young Oakland rappers embark on a six-month journey to find their voice at the Beats Rhymes and Life program. Fusing hip hop education with group psychotherapy, the workshop encourages the teen artists to work toward creating a full-length album, performing live and transitioning into adulthood.

Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories is a production of KQED, 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 three Northern California Emmy Awards.

Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories production team includes executive producer Sandy Schonning, series producer Lisa Landi and associate producer Katie Koskenmaki.

KQED Public Television, the PBS affiliate that serves Northern California, is one of the country’s most popular public television stations. It brings the values of public media to homes around the Bay Area with Emmy Award–winning programming that inspires, informs and entertains, including Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes, American Masters, Great Performances, NOVA and Nature. KQED Public Television produces local series like Check, Please! Bay Area, This Week in Northern California, Truly CA, San Francisco Opera and ImageMakers as well as popular programs for national broadcast such as Essential Pépin, QUEST and Film School Shorts. KQED Public Television also distributes programming to public media stations across the country including The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Roadtrip Nation and  Joanne Weir’s Cooking School.

KQED Public Television channels are KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area, also available in HD), KQED Plus (Bay Area, also available in HD) and KQET (Monterey/Salinas).

KQED also offers digital channels available via XFINITY and over-the-air, each with distinct quality programming: KQED World, KQED Life, KQED Kids and KQED V-me (Spanish language).

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.

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