Beginners not only writes a poignant postcard to contemporary Los Angeles, but maps out a personal landscape for writer/director Mike Mills.
Biltmore Hotel, 506 S Grand Ave
I love the Biltmore. And it is neat to show that LA has history. The hotel was built in 1923. The Academy Awards used to be there, so you know that all those people from the 20s and 30s were there. I love walking where Jimmy Stewart walked. It’s gorgeous and again the recession really helped us because we normally could never shoot in there. The hotel’s amazing location manager was really kind to us and gave us a lot of access. We had this whole hallway. We had the suite the couple was in, but then also Cosmo had his own room, the hair and make up department had their own room, grip and gaffer had their own room, sound had their own room, So we would all go into the hall way when we shot the hallway, and then afterwards go back to our rooms. It was dreamy.