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September 22, 2017 -- The early days of cable TV, the future of journalism and the gentrification of Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood are among the topics that will be discussed during Santa Monica College's (SMC) continuing Communication & Media Series, college officials announced this week.

The free series -- which features industry professionals speaking about their work and sharing their viewpoints -- will be held on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard, at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165, unless otherwise noted. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.

The Fall events kick off Tuesday, September 26, with a screening of Charlie Chacon's film "West Los," followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and a panel discussion of the Chicano history of neighborhoods around Santa Monica College.

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The film "documents the Chicano roots of Santa Monica and the Westside, including the lowrider culture that unites them," event organizers said. "Chacon hopes to preserve the history of rapidly gentrifying barrios, including the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica."

The event is sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department and co-sponsored by the Homegirls and Homeboys Scholars of SMC.

The series continues Monday, October 23, at 7 p.m. with a conversation with director, producer and creator Marty Callner.

Callner, who helped shape HBO by introducing numerous comedians and directed more than 200 videos for MTV, will discuss "his extensive career going back to the early days of HBO and MTV," oorganizers said. The talk is sponsored by the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

On Thursday, October 26, director Allan Kartun, will discuss “Directing Event Television.” An Emmy Award-nominee, Kartun best known for his work on Conan O'Brien's shows, as well as tributes to Bob Hope and Elizabeth Taylor. The event is sponsored by the SMC Associates.

November's lineup includes events featuring Michael Grant, a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow and San Francisco Business Times creative director, who will discuss "Future News" on November 9 and film producer Jeff Wood, who will present a talk and on-camera workshop with a focus on acting on November 15.

Other presenters in November are Denice Frohman, a poet, writer and performer, who will perform a variety of poetic pieces on November 16, and Crimson Apple and Christopher Chen, who will discuss "their distinct sides of the music industry," on November 17.

For additional information and to verify the time and venue of the events, call the SMC Office of Public Programs at (310) 434-4100.


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