Stay Tuned for a New Film Series of Never Told Stories About California’s Channel Islands and the Oldest Site of Human Habitation in North America

by Carolyn Sotka

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Screen shot from the new film series about the history of California’s Channel Islands.

A recent Kickstarter campaign to bring short films about the West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands to PBS and into California schools was successfully funded last week. The ‘West of the West tells the human history of California’s eight Channel Islands, which lie west of what is traditionally regarded as America’s frontier. In fact, those islands are our western frontier. But, their history, including that of the oldest discovered site of human habitation in all of North America, is virtually unknown.

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Screen shot from the new film series about the history of California’s Channel Islands. 

The tales presented in the three films include: Ancient Peoples; God, Greed, and Glory (Cabrillo 1542); The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island; Graveyard of Ships; The Priest, The Doctor; and The Rock Star; Shark Park, Restoration & Recovery; The Last Roundup; The Legendary King of San Miguel Island; Magic Isle (Catalina) and the Channel Islands National Park.

To learn more visit the West of the West’ Web site which will be adding more material from now and through the release date in March, 2016.

Also, check out the West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands for video teasers of the series and a preview of  The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, the true story of a Nicoleño woman abandoned 60 miles at sea from 1835 to 1853. It inspired Scott O’Dell to write the best seller Island of the Blue Dolphins and shares the mystery of these beautiful and fascinating historic islands. – CS

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