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Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (#103) Duration: 58:25 STEREO TVPG

It's a hot August night in San Francisco in 1966. Compton's Cafeteria, in the seedy Tenderloin district, is hopping with its usual assortment of transgender people, young street hustlers, and down-and-out regulars. The management, annoyed by the noisy crowd at one table, calls the police. When a surly cop, accustomed to manhandling Compton's clientele, attempts to arrest one of the queens, she throws her coffee in his face. Mayhem erupts -- windows break, furniture flies through the air. Police reinforcements arrive, and the fighting spills into the street. For the first time, the drag queens band together to fight back, getting the better of the cops, whom they kick and stomp with their high-heeled shoes and beat with their heavy purses. For everyone at Compton's that night, one thing was certain -- things would never be the same again.

This documentary introduces viewers to a diverse cast of former prostitutes, drag entertainers, police officers, ministers and neighborhood activists, all of whom played a part in the events leading up to the Compton's Cafeteria riot. With extraordinary candor and from differing points of view, the subjects recount the difficulties they encountered in the Tenderloin, as well as the sense of community they created there in the mid-1960s. The doc also goes on to show the connection between transgender activism and the larger social upheavals affecting the United States in the 1960s: the civil rights and sexual liberation movements, the youth counterculture, urban renewal, and Great Society antipoverty programs. It sets out to foster a better understanding of the experiences of transgender people and to inform a broad audience of their often-difficult lives and unheralded accomplishments. Along the way, the program also illuminates the interplay of urban politics, community mobilization and social services in creating the modern inner city. By Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 26, 2017 -- 10:00am
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jun 28, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jun 29, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me

Desert Migration (#1201H) Duration: 58:30 STEREO TVG

Gay men living long-term with HIV have sought out an oasis in Southern California's Palm Springs, where both their homosexuality and health condition is not just tolerated, but understood. They represent a huge number of people who migrated to this desert community burdened with memories of watching their friends die, all believing that a similar fate would befall them. Over the course of a single on-screen 'day,' we observe a group of men as they work, eat, sleep, love, recuperate and grieve. Their stories reflect on subjects that relate to all of us: How do we approach aging and the notion of mortality? What gives us will to create, to achieve, and even to live at all, as our bodies and minds deteriorate?

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Jun 30, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 5, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me

3 Still Standing (#1202H) Duration: 58:30 STEREO TVPG

It's 1980 in San Francisco. Comic geniuses Robin Williams and Dana Carvey spearhead a new era of stand-up comedy. Next in line for the "big time" are three talented comics: Will Durst, Larry "Bubbles" Brown and Johnny Steele. But then, the comedy "crash" hits. Now, like millions of other downsized Americans, the three scramble to survive, while also staying funny, relevant and true to the art form they love.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Jul 7, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 12, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me

Gumby Dharma (#301) Duration: 1:26:58 STEREO TVG

Art Clokey's life is fascinating in its own right, but also in how it gently influenced his characters and story lines for 40+ years. His world famous characters - Gumby, Pokey and the rest of the gang - and his animation of Davey and Goliath, seem to echo the spiritual path of their creator/animator. Art's animation work and love of life have influenced millions of TV and film viewers and filmmakers across the world.
Robina Marchesi's film captures Art's story as he reminisces about his long life and his vast work. In addition, it includes short interviews with some of the contemporary leaders in the animation world who have been touched and influenced by Art's pivotal contribution to the genre. Highlight clips of Art's original, groundbreaking art films, Gumbasia and Mandala, appear, as well as clips of some of Art's favorite Gumby and Davey and Goliath episodes. Also included is new stop motion work (directed/animated by Academy Award Nominee Timothy Hittle), depicting 'interviews' with Gumby and some of the gang on their time with Art Clokey.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 -- 9:30am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 -- 9:30am Remind me

The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto (#1203H) Duration: 58:30 STEREO TVG

The film delves into a new theory of the Black aesthetic in the 21st century and examines the tension between conventional channels of media distribution and the Black imagination. Through a close reading of works by four Southern California artists engaged with problems of representation, it walks through their artistic and creative processes and their inspirations. In-depth interviews with novelist Tisa Bryant, musician-producer Delroy Edwards, film programmer Erin Christovale, and visual artist Nicole Miller are featured.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Jul 14, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me

Tending The Wild (#1204H) Duration: 58:30 STEREO TVG

California's indigenous people have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia, while, in the process, developing a deep understanding of plant and animal life. This film examines the importance of humans living in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians to tend their environment.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Jul 21, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 26, 2017 -- 10:00am Remind me

Free (#1205H) Duration: 58:30 STEREO TVPG

In a city infamous for violence and high drop out rates, Destiny Arts provides a safe place for Oakland, California, teens to come and share their stories and move their bodies. Each year, 20 diverse students are accepted into the program, where they spend months creating a performance based on their lives. This award-winning documentary follows five Oakland teens through a transformative year in the company.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 -- 8:00pm Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 -- 2:00am Remind me
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    • 6/22-23 Ch9 & Ch54 Virtual ID issues

      (DT9-1 thru 9-3, and DT54-1 thru 54-5) KQED experienced a major technical issue with our Virtual ID info in our signals for DT9 and DT54, beginning apx 4pm Thursday 6/22, which was resolved apx 11am Friday 6/23. As background, almost every TV station in the Bay Area now transmits on a frequency which is different […]

    • 2/22/17: Fremont Peak tower transmissions, including KQET DT25

      (DT25.1 through 25.3) Recent storms have taken out dozens of trees on Fremont Peak, which in turn have taken down power lines leading to the transmission tower located on the peak. It has been running on generators for several days, and regular trips are scheduled to re-fuel those generators with gas. However, the truck has […]

    • KQED TV All Channels: Planned outage late Fri/early Sat 1/14 midnight-2am

      All KQED television channels will be off the air late Friday/early Saturday 1/14 beginning at midnight for approximately two hours to perform maintenance and upgrades to our electrical system. These improvements will help KQED maintain and continue our broadcast service to the community. We will return to our regularly scheduled programs as soon as work […]

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