Photo courtesy of Claudio Rocha

Photo courtesy of Claudio Rocha

Los Angeles Now


Los Angeles is now the most multicultural city in the history of the world, its once empty and bucolic terrain now a disorienting megalopolis.

Yet the city’s cultural transformation has gone largely overlooked by the media, Hollywood, and even many of the city’s residents. The entertainment industry continues to churn out counterfeit and outmoded images of L.A. while ignoring the many new stories emerging from the city's increasingly diverse population.

Los Angeles Now looks beyond Baywatch and Blade Runner to create a fresh and candid portrait of America’s second-largest city. The film uses creative visuals and computer-generated imagery to evoke the city’s vast array of moods and rhythms, and abandons the politically correct language of multiculturalism to explore challenging questions and provocative points of view. 

Cities across the country face the same influx of immigrants, cultural confrontations, and urban sprawl that now define Los Angeles. The issues explored in Los Angeles Now are relevant well beyond the borders of a city that serves as a diagnostic for other urban centers.



"An edgy, atmospheric (but essentially optimistic) piece of urban pulse taking"


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