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INVENTING LA: The Chandlers and Their Times

Two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Jones chronicles the epic saga of the most powerful family in Los Angeles history – the Chandlers. For four generations, they wielded unique influence through their newspaper, the Los Angeles Times. In their pursuit of personal agendas and civic ideals, they built the city of the future and exposed the dark side of the American Dream. Their reign ended when a longtime family feud brought down one of the country’s great newspaper dynasties.

Inventing LA employs unprecedented access to the family and The Times’ archives which span the century that Harrison Gray Otis, Harry Chandler, Norman Chandler, and Otis Chandler stood at the helm of the newspaper and at the center of the city’s economic, social and cultural growth. A character-driven film, it traces the ruthless, ingenious and often self-serving methods by which four publishers used the newspaper to turn a tiny town into a world metropolis.

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Variety - Robert Koehler

Los Angeles Times - Patrick Goldstein

The Boston Globe - Alex Beam

The Toronto Globe - Andrew Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The companion book based on the documentary

INVENTING LA: The Chandlers and Their Times

by Bill Boyarsky

 

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PRIVILEGED SON: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty

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THINKING BIG: The Story of the Los Angeles Times

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