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This is the City: Preserving Moving Images of Los Angeles

November 13, 2015 -
December 14, 2015

Symposium & Screening Series

For 50 years, UCLA Film & Television Archive has collected and conserved moving images relevant to the City of Los Angeles in its real and imagined forms, in some instances retaining the only remaining visual fragments of narrative works and historical footage documenting landscapes, architectures and communities that have been altered beyond recognition or simply no longer exist.  This symposium (Nov. 13 – 14) and adjoining screening series (Nov. 15 – Dec. 14) will attempt to illuminate the lost history and landscapes of Los Angeles through the presentation and discussion of rare films, newsreels, home movies and television programs that document the City as well as its diverse communities.

The two-day symposium will launch our Los Angeles history events with a gathering of guest speakers from prominent academic and archival institutions for screenings of rare footage and lively discussions relevant to our understanding of race, place and space in the City and the vital importance of the preservation of such media.  Programs in the symposium and subsequent screening series include the Italian midcentury modern time capsule of Los Angeles, Smog (dir. Franco Rossi, 1962), a retrospective of the beloved local television program Ralph Story’s Los Angeles, a celebration of the L.A. Rebellion school of filmmaking and much more.  Guests include keynote speaker, filmmaker and artist Harry Gamboa Jr. of CalArts, Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles, Dan Streible of New York University, and many others. 

Download a PDF of the complete symposium schedule  >

Funding provided by UCLA Moving Image Archive Studies, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.

Special thanks:  Jeffrey Masino, Mark Toscano—Academy Film Archive; Josh Morrison—Flicker Alley; Thomas Myrdahl; Teri Schwartz—UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location

Los Angeles in the Newsreels

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
M (1955)

Kiss Me Deadly  /  M

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

East Los Angeles and the Chicano Moratorium

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971)

Dusty and Sweets McGee

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Ephemera(l) City: Los Angeles in Travelogues, Industrial Films & Amateur Movies

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Passing Through (1977)

Passing Through

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Spirits of Rebellion (2015)

Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

This is the City: Symposium Closing Night

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

This is the City: Symposium Day 2

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 10:00 am Billy Wilder Theater
Smog (1962)

This is the City: Symposium Opening Night

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater