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Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles

A documentary about the history of Chicano rock 'n' roll, from the legendary Lalo Guerrero to Ritchie Valens, Los Lobos and beyond, Underwritten in part by a grants from Latino Public Broadcasting, the California Council for the Humanities and the Skirball Foundation.  Winner of the 2009 Best Documentary at the Reel Rasquache Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in Film and Art.

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Floodpath: The Deadliest Man Made Disaster of 20th Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles

Published by Bloomsbury Press.

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HBO Series DVDs

A trip down a haunted path for those who remember the 1980s series Wilkman Productions produced for HBO.  Episodes include Whodunit?,The Greatest Scandals of the Century, Missing: Dead or Alive, Superspies, Bad Guys and Wicked Women, and Real Detectives: The Speck Case.
To purchase DVDs of these one-hour documentaries send a check for $25 each to:
Wilkman Productions,Inc.
6160 Rodgerton Dr.
Hollywood, CA 90068
Include your address and your DVD(s) will be sent by return mail.

 

Los Angeles: A Pictorial Celebration

It’s all here, captured in this visual tribute, shot by award-winning photographer Elan Penn and written by authors and documentary filmmakers Nancy and Jon Wilkman. 

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Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood

Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood is a seven-part series produced for Turner Classic Movies.  It was honored with three Emmy nominations.

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Picturing Los Angeles

Picturing Los Angeles illustrates the creation, evolution, and ever-changing face of Los Angeles. Through stunning photography, the city's intriguing, important, and unexpectedly influential past is revealed with images that offer a glimpse into the sports, politics, industry, social change, crime, disasters, arts, and everyday life, decade by decade, during the city's history.

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The Port of Los Angeles: A History

A four-part documentary series about the history of the Port of Los Angeles, from 1542 to the present, based on 108 oral histories.

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With Heart and Hand: The Restoration of the Gamble House

A 60-minute documentary about the painstaking three-year  effort to restore the exterior of the Gamble House in Pasadena, California.  Designed by architect brothers Charles and Henry  Greene, the 1908 home is considered one of the most important examples of American Arts and Crafts architecture.
 
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* All programs produced, directed and written by Jon Wilkman unless otherwise indicated.