Ric Bretschneider wrote a wonderful review of "Nothing in Los Angeles" on his blog when the film played at Cinequest.
A Favorite from Cinequest 2014: Nothing in Los AngelesPosted on January 27, 2016
I’ve always regretted not writing a full review of one of my favorite films from the Cinequest film festival in 2014. Nothing in Los Angeles was one of the most entertaining and satisfying films I saw that year, which is saying a lot as Cinequest never fails to bring in a ton of innovative, inspiring, thought-provoking, and amazing films to San Jose.
Nothing in Los Angeles
I could go on and on about how you really missed out in not seeing this during the festival. Yeah, independent films are often hard to run down and I typically feel like I’m teasing the reader when I tell them how great a film was… that they missed.
But today, I’ll simply point you to a number of online sites that host the film, and recommend you treat yourself to a viewing. Personally, if you already are a member of Amazon Prime, I’d go there because it’s a free viewing (at the moment). But it’s also available on iTunes, and Hulu.
.Charlie Parker is another one of my favorite jazz musicians. And I love how he had a two-year stay in Los Angeles (the city I adore).
"Just a Cool" track was written specifically for the film. I wanted to use bass, drums, and vibes to create an intense dinner scene where Quinn's brother-in-law harasses him about making a movie that "pops." The music is inspired by my love of Charles Mingus. Mingus influenced my music beyond belief. From Mingus, I discovered Thelonious Monk, or as the character played by Christine Woods on "Hello Ladies" says, "The Loneliest Monk.."
i love how much Mingus was influenced by Duke Ellington and how he used Ellington's and Billy Strayhorn's orchestrations to elevate a certain dissonance in jazz. Mingus was part of the concept of Third Stream Music (a combination of jazz and classical music with improvisational elements). Gunther Schuller coined the term and was a brilliant conceptual artist. I wonder if he ever met John Cage.