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New Documentary Focuses on Ursula K. Le Guin - WSJ
“Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” is the first documentary about the pioneering science-fiction writer—and pretty much the first film of any kind to showcase her work. Although Ms. Le Guin was writing about dragons and wizard schools back in 1968 for her Earthsea series, there have been no high-profile movies based on her 20 novels or more than 100 short stories.

“I don’t think Harry Potter would have existed without Earthsea existing,” author Neil Gaiman says in the documentary, which premieres Friday on PBS. Ms. Le Guin’s Earthsea cycle, a young-adult series about a sprawling archipelago of island kingdoms, included five novels and many stories written between 1968 and 2001.

Other writers who discuss Ms. Le Guin’s work and influence in the film include Margaret Atwood (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), David Mitchell (“Cloud Atlas”) and Michael Chabon (“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”).

“I think she’s one of the greatest writers that the 20th-century American literary scene produced,” Mr. Chabon says.

Ms. LeGuin, who died in 2018 at age 88, was born in Berkeley, Calif., the daughter of anthropologist Alfred Louis Kroeber. (That’s where her “K.” comes from).
Ursula  Le_Guin  biography  documentary 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Documentary on Oakland's trails set to debut at Chabot - Inside Bay Area
"Trailhead" tells the story of Oakland's hidden gem, beginning in Dimond Canyon, nestled in the Dimond District, in the heart of urban Oakland.

The Dimond Canyon trail connects to the trail system in the city owned Joaquin Miller Park, which links to the East Bay Regional Park trail system, connecting to miles of trails, stretching throughout the Bay Area. Many people, including lifelong Oaklanders, don't know about this, Dodson pointed out.

"This is my story. I'm not pretending to tell the whole story (of the park). Everyone in the film is someone I've worked the in the parks," Dodson said.

The film features interviews with trail users, historians, creek restoration experts, local merchants and park volunteers.
Oakland  Dimond  Sausal_Creek  park  documentary 
september 2015 by Quercki
Video: Full Episode | Watch Across the Creek Online | PBS Video
Albert White Hat and others talk about restoring Lakota culture on Pine Ridge reservation
Lakota  Tapestry  Native_American  documentary 
november 2014 by Quercki

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