SFTV instructors do a lot when they’re not teaching classes, like shooting documentaries that get picked up by PBS! The Wedge: Dynasty, Tragedy, Legacy, directed and edited by SFTV instructor Ray Greene, has been scheduled for 12 airings on the Southern California PBS affiliate, PBS SoCal, with the premiere on Friday, May 23, 2014.
A deep archival piece filled with rare period film footage and historical photos, the documentary tells the tragic story of one of L.A.’s forgotten founding families, the Rogers of Newport Beach, who paved the Grape Vine and Alameda Street in the early 1900s, and owned the largest construction materials company in the world by 1920. After the scion of the Rogers family died at age 15 in a terrifying boating accident, his father, George Rogers Sr., sold his company and spent the last ten years of his life in a war against the treacherous waterway that claimed his son. Newport Harbor was transformed from the deadliest port of call on the West Coast to one of the finest small boat harbors in America, and a world-famous surf spot, Newport’s Wedge, was born.