The career of filmmaker Lois Weber, who rose to greatness in a nascent film industry open to women in creative leadership positions. The Central Casting Bureau which cast minorities in background roles while white actors got leading parts.
Los Angeles is often identified with Hollywood, but there's more to the entertainment industry than its facade of movie stars and blockbuster films. The first segment explores the career of Lois Weber, a filmmaker who rose to greatness in a nascent film industry that welcomed women into creative leadership positions. However, when it became a big business, it was less open to women and their place in early Hollywood history was all but erased. The second segment examines the history of the Central Casting Bureau which capitalized on the city's segregated ethnic enclaves to find "racial types" when filling background roles, while white actors were cast in leading roles, and discusses the lingering legacy of minority underrepresentation in the film industry.