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Talking Stone, Rock Art of the Cosos” Explores the Largest Concentration of Rock Art in North America

COSTA MESA, Calif. (June 25, 2014) – PBS SoCaL, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, will premiere “Talking Stone, Rock Art of the Cosos” on Tuesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. The documentary explores the surprising find of over 100-thousand petroglyphs on a top secret military base near the Mojave Desert. The rock art images were created thousands of years ago by the now-vanished people of the Coso Range area in Southern California.   

“Talking Stone, Rock Art of the Cosos” is part of PBS SoCaL’s commitment to continue to share the stories of Southern California’s rich history, along with introducing viewers to local independent filmmakers and their visions. A leading expert on the rock art of the Cosos, Dr. Alan P. Garfinkel, teamed up with Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Paul Goldsmith (ASC), to explore and explain these ancient and elegant rock drawings and carvings.  Garfinkel and Goldsmith were allowed the unusual opportunity to record their findings with permission from the military.

LA Times columnist Louis Sahagun reports in an article on June 15, 2014 the importance of the Navy’s new task of creating a visual inventory of all the rock art at the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station. Sahagun’s hope is that others will study and learn more about the Native American culture that left an engraved history in California.

David Hurst Thomas, a Curator for the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, says of the documentary, "Paul Goldsmith, an accomplished and acclaimed cinematographer, has established an extraordinary record of translating and interpreting western Native American history in his own nuanced, yet powerful medium.”

For additional information about the film, please visit www.talkingstonefilm.com

About PBS SoCaL

PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles serving as Southern California’s largest classroom, its largest stage for the arts, and most trusted information source. With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD (KOCE), PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff and LAaRT.  As the flagship PBS station in Southern California, PBS SoCaL Presents works with filmmakers to develop programs and series to distribute nationally each year. Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org 

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