I was deeply inspired by Alison Martino's incredibly charming blog, "Vintage Los Angeles." She has some amazing pictures and history from the city I love. Check it out! http://martinostimemachine.blogspot.com/
The opening title theme for "Nothing in Los Angeles" was written specifically for the film. I had listened to a lot of Henry Mancini and Jackie Gleason and was inspired by the lush string arrangements both composers used.. I thought these composers were strictly emblematic of Los Angeles and the sound of LA in the 1950s. This was definitely West Coast music as opposed to the sophisticated East Coast sounds from Gershwin or Bernstein. I love West Coast jazz and fell in love with artists such as Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck, and Gerald Wilson.
This piece in particular pays homage to "Living in Los Angeles." It's played by the Jackie Gleason orchestra, written in 1916 by John Raymond Hubbell, entitled, "Poor Butterfly".
Cinequest was one of our most prestigious festivals we attended and one of our first we got accepted to. We have such fond memories of packing all three screenings with people laughing.
Our very first festival. And we won Best Narrative Feature. Not too bad.
This was the first shooting day in my apartment in Koreatown.. Danny Belinkie is setting up his camera. preparing to shoot the lovely lead actress, Marguerite Insolia. I am nervously contemplating what I got myself into.