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West of the West: Tales From California’s Channel Islands

May 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - May 30, 2016 @ 9:00 pm


KCET is pleased to announce the airing of a new three-part documentary series titled West of the West: Tales From California’s Channel Islands on May 16 at 7 p.m.

Santa Cruz Island Foundation and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum create three one-hour films telling the story of California coast’s crown jewels, the eight Channel Islands. Beginning 14,000 years ago, the documentary follows the remarkable history of the Channel Islands, just off the coast of Santa Barbara. From the point-of-view of people who have experienced the island’s rich diversity, the tale includes evidence of the first contact with Europeans in 1542 in a once thriving Native American culture. The documentary also touches on present-day efforts to preserve the islands, led by Eagles’ rock star, Joe Walsh.

In production for almost three years, with over 70 days of shooting film with experts and descendants of island dwellers, this highly anticipated documentary series airs three consecutive Mondays in May.

For full details on the film, including filmmaker bios, photos and story angles, visit