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Inside Streaming (Jan 31st, 2017)

Each week, our Tuesday emails highlight a notable non-fiction program available to view online. This week's focus is the 7.5 hour, Oscar-nominated documentary "O.J.: Made in America," available to stream currently on Hulu. Want to make a recommendation, or have feedback on this or other editions of Inside Streaming? Hit REPLY on this email! We'd love to hear from you. – @lons


LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF: This monumental 3-hour 2003 film essay by Thom Andersen has been called the greatest documentary ever made about Los Angeles. It went unreleased officially for many years, because most of the footage is clips taken from other filmed interpretations of LA, but you can stream it via Sundance Now.

CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA: Despite the name similarity, this film isn't connected to the "O.J." doc. Instead, Stacy Peralta's 2008 film gives a textbook-style overview of the conflict between LA's Crips and Bloods street gangs, resulting in widespread violence beginning in the 1970s. An essential primer for understanding modern LA history, and a great introduction to themes revisited in the "O.J." film. It's on Netflix.

THE SOURCE FAMILY: The story of the community (or, if you prefer, cult) that grew up around the charismatic, eccentric "Father Yod" in the late 1960s and early 1970s. "The Source Family" is a bit more loving and accepting of its subjects than the traditional cult documentary, and its embrace of the titular family's kookiness, particularly their sidelines as a rock band and restaurateurs, is very very LA. It's on Vudu for free (with ads) or for rent on iTunes.

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