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CDP Film: United Skates

What do a Latina bicycle brigade in East LA, a young poet’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in Richmond, CA; Howard Jarvis, Proposition 13 and California 1970’s tax revolt; iconic photographer Dorothea Lange; and the reintegration of thousands of “lifers” following California’s amendment of its Three Strikes Law have in common?

They’re just a few of the stories told by the film, radio, and new media productions we have supported through the California Documentary Project (CDP). Each adds a new layer to a complex and growing portrait of California. Together, they help us better understand who we are and where we live.

We at California Humanities have a long history of supporting exceptional film, radio, and interactive documentaries that uncover, interpret, and share the experiences and stories of California and Californians. CDP projects have been nominated for Academy Awards, won Emmys, and garnered Peabody Awards. They have aired nationally on PBS, HBO, and NPR, and they reach and engage statewide and national audiences at community screenings, in classrooms, at film festivals, and online. They inspire lively conversation, quiet reflection, and surprising epiphanies about compelling and provocative issues, ideas, and subjects of our time.

Since 2003, California Humanities has awarded over $5 million to projects that document California and its cultures, peoples, and histories, and that together help us better understand who we are and where we live. Recently supported projects include the podcasts and radio series California Foodways, The Stoop and The Intersection; interactive and transmedia documentaries such as K-TOWN ‘92 and The Mojave Project; and documentary films such as REAL BOY, The Return, Forever, Chinatown, No Más Bebés? , The Last Day of Freedom, Romeo is Bleeding, Ovarian Psycos, Tribal Justice, Dogtown Redemption and many more.

For more information, visit the California Documentary Project Grants page.