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Dreamland

Airs Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Botanist Steve Sillett ascends a 350-foot redwood in order to study the effects of climate change on the centuries-old tree. "Dreamland" tells the story of one day in California. Filmed simultaneously from dawn until dusk on November 19, 2010, the public television documentary follows a remarkable ensemble of Californians who are pushing the bounds of the possible.

World-class rock-climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson attempt the first free climb of El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite Valley.
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Above: World-class rock-climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson attempt the first free climb of El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite Valley.

The Ceja family, once migrant farm workers, now lives the American dream as vineyard owners.
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Above: The Ceja family, once migrant farm workers, now lives the American dream as vineyard owners.

Sarah Gerhardt, a scientist and mother of two, surfs world-class big waves.
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Above: Sarah Gerhardt, a scientist and mother of two, surfs world-class big waves.

California has long been known as a land of dreams — a place where visionaries come to innovate, create, entertain, fulfill their dreams and change the world. "Dreamland" tells the story of one day in California.

Filmed simultaneously from dawn until dusk on November 19, 2010, by a dozen documentary film crews scattered across the Golden State, it follows a remarkable ensemble of entrepreneurs, daredevils, entertainers, scientists, politicians, chefs and technologists who are pushing the bounds of the possible as they strive to make their dreams a reality.

The film includes profiles of world-class rock-climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, singer-songwriter Liz Phair, botanist Steve Sillett, legendary skateboarder Bob Burnquist, chef Susan Feniger, NBA all-star turned politico Mayor Kevin Johnson, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, Academy Award-winning special effects designer Bran Ferren and others who personify California's adventurous and innovative spirit.

"Dreamland" is a living, breathing snapshot of what drives ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things.

This program originally aired in 2012.

Video

"Dreamland" Trailer

DREAMLAND Trailer from The Documentary Group on Vimeo.

Above: "Dreamland" tells the story of one day in California. Filmed simultaneously from dawn until dusk on November 19, 2010, the public television documentary follows a remarkable ensemble of Californians who are pushing the bounds of the possible.