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Black's Beach: San Diego, California - The Documentary

An aerial view of Black’s Beach from Keystone Rock, looking south. San Diego, Calif.
Courtesy of Chris Boyd
An aerial view of Black’s Beach from Keystone Rock, looking south. San Diego, Calif.

Stream now or tune in Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, June 28 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS 2

Get a view of Black's Beach as it has never been seen before.—

An exploration of San Diego's most important beach, this feature documentary, "Black's Beach: San Diego, California," combines a variety of stunning photography, including 35mm film and underwater video.

Director of Photography Alan C. McLaughlin lines up a shot from Torrey Pines State Reserve. "Black’s Beach: San Diego, California" is the first recorded production in Torrey Pines State Reserve to use 35mm film cameras.
Courtesy of Chris Boyd
Director of Photography Alan C. McLaughlin lines up a shot from Torrey Pines State Reserve. "Black’s Beach: San Diego, California" is the first recorded production in Torrey Pines State Reserve to use 35mm film cameras.

The history of the beach, and the many different ways in which people enjoy it today, is told through the voices of nearly two-dozen local residents: surfers and scientists, nudists and hang gliders, hikers and lifeguards, all of whom love Black's for different reasons.

Seagulls fly low along Black’s Beach. San Diego, Calif.
Courtesy of Chris Boyd
Seagulls fly low along Black’s Beach. San Diego, Calif.

This film is the story of a precious part of San Diego that is worth protecting, and presents a collection of experiences that make the beach a special piece of California coastline.

Related: Listen to a KPBS Midday Edition interview with Chris Boyd

Producer/ Director is Chris Boyd.